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A collection of quotes by Ludwig van Beethoven on music, composer, life, money, love, fear, mastery, symphony, inspiration, motivation and learning.

42 Inspiring Quotes By Ludwig Van Beethoven, The German Mozart

Quick Facts

Famous As: Composer

Born On: December 16, 1770

Died On: March 26, 1827

Born In: Bonn, Germany

Died At Age: 56

The German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven is considered as the best composer, the world could ever have. He is believed to have introduced instrumental music into European culture and has tremendous contributions in the evolution of tonal music. Beethoven was introduced to music by his artist father who noticed his ability and helped him in getting a couple of extraordinary instructors at an early age. This encouraged him to give his first stage performance at an early age of 7. He was a born artist who published his first major work ‘9 Variations in C Minor for piano’ at an early age of 12 and was seen as the ‘young Mozart’ or ‘new Mozart’ by the majority. He moved to Vienna where he learned music from great composers like Joseph Haydn which helped him make many remarkable works in music. At the age of 26, he started facing hearing problems, but this never affected his creativity and determination of making music. It is believed that during the premiere of ‘Ninth Symphony’, his last composition Beethoven had become completely deaf and was unable to hear the audience clapping. Here is a collection of quotations and sayings by him which have been excerpted from his life and works. Go through these quotes on music and life by Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest composers the world has ever witnessed.
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Music is ... A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy

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I love a tree more than a man.

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Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.

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Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est. (Applaud, my friends, the comedy is over.) [Said on his deathbed]

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Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.

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To play without passion is inexcusable!

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I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.

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Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.

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Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.

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Never forget the days I spent with you. Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.

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Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.

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Nothing is more intolerable than to have admit to yourself your own errors.

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Ever thine, ever mine, ever ours

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Only the pure of heart can make a good soup.

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It seemed unthinkable for me to leave the world forever before I had produced all that I felt called upon to produce

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I shall seize fate by the throat.

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There are and always will be thousands of princes, but there is only one Beethoven!

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Never shall I forget the days I spent with you. Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.

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Never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.

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Love demands all, and has a right to all.

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Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup.

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I will take fate by the throat; it will never bend me completely to its will.

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Recommend to your children virtues, that alone can make them happy, not gold.

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Oh continue to love me - never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. ever thine ever mine ever ours

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What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven.

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A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.

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Applaud my friends, the comedy is over... [on his death bed]

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Whoever tells a lie is not pure of heart, and such a person can not cook a clean soup.

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The day-to-day exhausted me!

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The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself.

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Beethoven speaking to royalty: "What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven.

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To sing a wrong note is insignificant, but to sing without passion is unforgivable.

Ludwig van Beethoven

To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.

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Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.

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You - my life - my All - farewell. Oh, go on loving me - never doubt the faithfullest heart Of your beloved L Ever thine Ever mine Ever ours.

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Even in poverty I lived like a king for I tell you that nobility is the thing that makes a king

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The barriers are not erected which can say to [aspiring] talents and industry, “Thus far and no farther.

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Don't only practice your art, but force your way into it's secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.

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Must it be? It must be.

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Anyone who tells a lie has not pure heart, and cannot make good soup.

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I like your opera - I think I will set it to music

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Schon im Bette drngen sich die Ideen zu dir meine Unsterbliche Geliebte, hier und da freudig, dann wieder traurig. Vom Schicksaale abwartend, ob es un erhrt...

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