I believe in God, Mozart, and Beethoven.
Last words of the hero in "The Life's End of a German Musician in Paris" (1840), a short story written for the Gazette Musicale, as quoted in Autobiographical Sketch (1843)
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
Certain things in Mozart will and can never be excelled.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