Certain things in Mozart will and can never be excelled.
26 February 1878
I believe in God, Mozart, and Beethoven.Richard Wagner
The oldest, truest, most beautiful organ of music, the origin to which alone our music owes its being, is the human voice.Richard Wagner
Attack and defence, want and war, victory and defeat, lordship and thraldom, all sealed with the seal of blood: this from henceforth is the History of Man.Richard Wagner
I am writing Parsifal only for my wife — if I had to depend on the German spirit, I should have nothing more to say.Richard Wagner
Oh, I hate the thought of all those costumes and grease paint! When I think that characters like Kundry will now have to be dressed up, those dreadful artists' balls immediately spring into my mind. Having created the invisible orchestra, I now feel like inventing the invisible theatre!Richard Wagner