Companions, in misery and worse, that is what we all are, and to try to change this substantially avails us nothing.
I conclude that the Wagnerian operas which are already in the repertoire, and other masterworks as well, stand in no further need of my services.
The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible. We are pilots, not servants.
I find little in the works of Beethoven, Berlioz, Wagner and others when they are led by a conductor who functions like a windmill.
Without any assistance whatever, I founded a school in Weimar in 10 years. Only I could perform certain works with the scanty means that I dared not ask anyone else to work with.
Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words.
Broad paths are open to every endeavour, and a sympathetic recognition is assured to every one who consecrates his art to the divine services of a conviction of a consciousness.
It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me.
I did not compose my work as one might put on a church vestment... rather it sprung from the truly fervent faith of my heart, such as I have felt it since my childhood.
A theatre receives recognition through its initiative, which is indispensable for first-rate performances.
Truth is a great flirt.
It is impossible to imagine a more complete fusion with nature than that of the Gypsy.
The music of the Gypsies belongs in the sphere of improvisation rather than in any other, without which it would have no power to exist.
As the mother teaches her children how to express themselves in their language, so one Gypsy musician teaches the other. They have never shown any need for notation.
In Hungary all native music, in its origin, is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance.
Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ's religion illuminates with His divine light.
The character of instrumental music... lets the emotions radiate and shine in their own character without presuming to display them as real or imaginary representations.
Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
Sorrowful and great is the artist's destiny.
I foster a sorrowful conception of affection. Make no sacrifices.