Stay with me to-night; you must see me die. I have long had the taste of death on my tongue, I smell death, and who will stand by my Constanze, if you do not stay?
An unmarried man, in my opinion, enjoys only half a life.
I am one of those who will go on doing till all doings are at an end.
I cannot write poetically, for I am no poet. I cannot make fine artistic phrases that cast light and shadow, for I am no painter. I can neither by signs nor by pantomime express my thoughts and feelings, for I am no dancer; but I can by tones, for I am a musician.
If I were obliged to marry all those with whom I have jested, I should have at least two hundred wives.
My father is maestro at the Metropolitan church, which gives me an opportunity to write for the church as much as I please.