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Collection of Robert Schumann quotes and sayings on art, music, talent, writing, inspiration, piano, people, soul, spirit, dream etc.

58 Robert Schumann Quotes That Will Enlighten Your Horizon

Quick Facts

Famous As: Composer, Aesthete and Music Critic

Born On: June 8, 1810

Died On: July 29, 1856

Born In: Zwickau

Died At Age: 46

An influential figure in the Romanticism movement in Europe, Robert Schumann was a German composer and music critic, renowned for his symphonies, operas, orchestral choral and chamber works. His works in Carnaval, Symphonic Studies, Kinderszenen, Kreisleriana and the Fantasie in C are still remembered avidly. Friedrich Wieck once reckoned Schumann to be one of the finest pianists all over Europe. Schumann passed on his legacy to his daughter Clara who stole the limelight with a successful concert career as a pianist. Despite his orthodox approach to composition in the later stages of his career, Schumann had a considerable impact in the 19th century music and beyond. Several portrayals on Schumann have been made in talkies such as Träumerei, Song of Love and Frühlingssinfonie (Spring Symphony). We have collected some of his notable quotes about music art, creativity, imagination, inspiration, talent, beauty and self confidence. Go through some quotes from this great musician.

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When you play, never mind who listens to you.

Robert Schumann

Play always as if in the presence of a master.

Robert Schumann

Endeavour to play easy pieces well and with elegance; that is better than to play difficult pieces badly.

Robert Schumann

Without enthusiasm nothing great can be effected in art.

Robert Schumann

If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.

Robert Schumann

Think it a vile habit to alter works of good composers, to omit parts of them, or to insert new-fashioned ornaments. This is the greatest insult you can offer to Art.

Robert Schumann

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts--such is the duty of the artist.

Robert Schumann

You will be most readily cured of vanity or presumption by studying the history of music, and by hearing the master pieces which have been produced at different periods.

Robert Schumann

You should neither play bad compositions, nor, unless compelled, listen to them.

Robert Schumann

If all would play first violin, we could not obtain an orchestra. Therefore esteem every musician in his place.

Robert Schumann

Let your intimate friends be chosen from such as are better informed than yourself.

Robert Schumann

By means of industry and perseverance you will rise higher and higher.

Robert Schumann

From a pound of iron, that costs little, a thousand watch-springs can be made, whose value becomes prodigious. The pound you have received from the Lord,--use it faithfully.

Robert Schumann

Look deeply into life, and study it as diligently as the other arts and sciences.

Robert Schumann

Talent works, genius creates.

Robert Schumann

We shouldn't repeat the same for ages on end, but look into the new as well.

Robert Schumann

My whole life has been a struggle between Poetry and Prose, or call it Music and Law.

Robert Schumann

We may be sure that a genius like Mozart, were he born today, would write concertos like Chopin and not like Mozart.

Robert Schumann

Music - so different from painting - is the art which we enjoy most in company with others. A symphony, presented in a room with one other listener, would please him but little.

Robert Schumann

Music induces nightingales to sing, pug dogs to yelp.

Robert Schumann

Send light to the dark hearts of men, that is the duty the artist.

Robert Schumann

Perhaps only a Genius can truly understand Genius.

Robert Schumann

The aesthetic principle is the same in every art, only the material differs.

Robert Schumann

A fiery, good beginner always stands higher than a master in mediocrity...

Robert Schumann

Can that which has cost the artist days, weeks, months and even years of reflection be understood in a flash by a dilettante?

Robert Schumann

The principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality.

Robert Schumann

Music owes as much to Bach as religion to its founder.

Robert Schumann

For me Wagner is impossible... he talks without ever stopping. One can't just talk all the time.

Robert Schumann

Only when the form grows clear to you, will the spirit become so too.

Robert Schumann

To compose is to remember music that has never been written.

Robert Schumann

Art was not created as a way to riches. Strive to become a true artist; all else will take care of itself.

Robert Schumann

We have learned to express the more delicate nuances of feeling by penetrating more deeply into the mysteries of harmony.

Robert Schumann

When you play, do not trouble yourself as to who is listening. Yet always play as though a master listened to you.

Robert Schumann

In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.

Robert Schumann

For me, music is always the language which permits one to converse with the Beyond.

Robert Schumann

It is the curse of talent that, although it labors with greater steadiness and perseverance than genius, it does not reach its goal, while genius already on the summit of the ideal, gazes laughingly about.

Robert Schumann

Believe me, were I ever to accomplish anything, it would be in music, which has always attracted me; and, without overestimating myself, I am conscious of possessing a certain creative faculty.

Robert Schumann

I feel so entirely in my element with a full orchestra; even if my mortal enemies were marshalled before me, I could lead them, master them, surround them, or repulse them.

Robert Schumann

I was a God-fearing child, innocent and physically attractive.

Robert Schumann

I sometimes lack confidence in public, although I am proud enough inwardly.

Robert Schumann

The poet sees better than other mortals. I do not see things as they are, but according to my own subjective impression, and this makes life easier and simpler.

Robert Schumann

My symphonies would have reached Opus 100 if I had but written them down... Sometimes I am so full of music, and so overflowing with melody, that I find it simply impossible to write down anything.

Robert Schumann

Thus it is ever in life. The aims we once pursued no longer satisfy us; we aim, we strive, we aspire, until sight fails, and mind and body find rest in the grave.

Robert Schumann

My heart pounds sickeningly and I turn pale... I often feel as if I were dead... I seem to be losing my mind.

Robert Schumann

You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you've looked into a pair of beautiful eyes.

Robert Schumann

The flame that is naturally clear always gives the most light and heat. If I could blend my talent for poetry and music into one, the light would burn still clearer, and I might go far.

Robert Schumann

Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.

Robert Schumann

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.

Robert Schumann

I am so fresh in soul and spirit that life gushes and bubbles around me in a thousand springs.

Robert Schumann

My indifference to money and my spendthrift ways are disgraceful. You have no idea how reckless I am; how often I practically throw money out of the window. I am always making good resolutions, but the next minute I forget and give the waiter eightpence.

Robert Schumann

Nature best teaches how to pray, and how to reverence all the gifts the Almighty has given us. She is like a vast outspread handkerchief, embroidered with God's eternal name, on which we may dry alike our tears of sorrow and of joy; she turns weeping into ecstasy, and fills our hearts with speechless, quiet reverence and resignation.

Robert Schumann

Mendelssohn I consider the first musician of the day; I doff my hat to him as my superior. He plays with everything, especially with the grouping of the instruments in the orchestra, but with such ease, delicacy and art, with such mastery throughout.

Robert Schumann

An evil fate has deprived me of the full use of my right hand, so that I am not able to play my compositions as I feel them. The trouble with my hand is that certain fingers have become so weak, probably through writing and playing too much at one time, that I can hardly use them.

Robert Schumann

Remember, there are more people in the world than yourself. Be modest! You have not yet invented nor thought anything which others have not thought or invented before. And should you really have done so, consider it a gift of heaven which you are to share with others.

Robert Schumann

It was an unforgettable picture to see Chopin sitting at the piano like a clairvoyant, lost in his dreams; to see how his vision communicated itself through his playing, and how, at the end of each piece, he had the sad habit of running one finger over the length of the plaintive keyboard, as though to tear himself forcibly away from his dream.

Robert Schumann

If, while at the piano, you attempt to form little melodies, that is very well; but if they come into your mind of themselves, when you are not practising, you may be still more pleased; for the internal organ of music is then roused in you. The fingers must do what the head desires; not the contrary.

Robert Schumann

You should diligently play scales and fingerpractices. There are many, however, who believe they'll achieve all, by practicing daily on technique for hours on end, up till high age. It's like practicing every day to enumerate the alfabet faster and faster. One would think one could make better use of their valuable time.

Robert Schumann

People compose for many reasons, to become immortal; because the piano happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; or for no reason whatsoever.

Robert Schumann