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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Erik Satie on piano, music, modesty, superiority, controversial, life, heart, opera, dreams and notes.

19 Notable Quotes By Erik Satie For The Musician In You

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Famous As: Musician

Born On: May 17, 1866

Died On: July 1, 1925

Born In: Honfleur

Died At Age: 59

Erik Satie was an eminent French music composer and pianist, considered as the pioneer of modern music. His works laid the foundation for various artistic movements including ‘Surrealism’ and the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’. During that time his works were often criticized for being dull but they were posthumously acknowledged to be original. He intelligently used innovative ideas in music while keeping it simple. His interest in music was cultivated by his parents and he used to collaborate with his mother to bring out salon compositions during his teenage. This encouraged him to pursue a career in music and he aimed to further sharpen his talent. Initially, he was rejected by some of the good musicians as his music was believed to be trivial. He fought all these hardships and became a composer and chapel master of Rosicrucian Order. He came up with various other compositions but these works failed to support him financially. He eventually became famous in 1912 for his piano miniatures. Here is a compilation of quotes and thoughts by the renowned pianist which have been excerpted from the conspicuous set of writings left by him. They will surely inspire you to strive hard to achieve your dreams. Browse through the notable quotations and sayings by Erik Satie that are sure to strike the right notes.
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I came into the world very young, in an age that was very old.

Erik Satie

I am tired of always dying with a broken heart.

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I am by far your superior, but my notorious modesty prevents me from saying so.

Erik Satie

Je suis venu au monde tres jeune dans un temps tres vieux

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Before I compose a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself.

Erik Satie

When I was young, people used to say to me: Wait until you're fifty, you'll see. I am fifty. I haven't seen anything.

Erik Satie

Why attack God? He may be as miserable as we are.

Erik Satie

Everybody offers to buy one a drink; but nobody ever dreams of buying one a sandwich.

Erik Satie

The dandy cleans his monocle every day, a silver monocle with a lens of smoked gold, given him by a beautiful lady but, suddenly overcome with sadness, he has lost the monocle case.

Erik Satie

I eat only white foods: eggs, sugar, grated bones, the fat of dead animals; veal, salt, coconut, chicken cooked in white water; fruit mold, rice, turnips; camphorated sausage, dough, cheese (white), cotton salad, and certain fish (skinless).

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I liked the bit about quarter to eleven.

Erik Satie

Experience is a form of paralysis.

Erik Satie

I have never written a note I didn't mean.

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The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest.

Erik Satie

Opera is a musical scenery, a musical atmosphere in which the characters move and talk.

Erik Satie

My dream is to be played everywhere, not only at the Opera.

Erik Satie

I took to my room and let small things evolve slowly.

Erik Satie

We should have a music of our own - if possible, without any Sauerkraut.

Erik Satie

We cannot doubt that animals both love and practice music. That is evident. But it seems their musical system differs from ours. It is another school....We are not familiar with their didactic works. Perhaps they don't have any.

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