Find the best quotes by Gustav Mahler.
What I wanted and what I visualized while composing has not always been realized.
I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer. A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He…
There is a world of difference between a Mahler eighth note and a normal eighth note.
Even if people censure me, they should do so hat in hand.
I live like a Hottentot. I cannot exchange one sensible word with anyone.
Discipline, work. Work, discipline.
In the theatrical works we love and admire the most, the ending of the drama generally takes place offstage.
I have become a different person. I don’t know whether this person is better, he certainly is not happier.
The longer you live and the more you learn, the more clearly you will feel the difference between the few men who are truly great…
Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift.
Fortunately, something always remains to be harvested. So let us not be idle.
When I have reached a summit, I leave it with great reluctance, unless it is to reach for another, higher one.
To judge a composer’s work, one must consider it as a whole.
If I weren’t the way I am, I shouldn’t write my symphonies.
Never let oneself be guided by the opinion of one’s contemporaries. Continue steadfastly on one’s way.
The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.
I don’t let myself get carried away by my own ideas – I abandon 19 out of 20 of them every day.
The spirit can assert itself only through the medium of clear form.
It is easier to achieve a desired result in short pieces.
Destiny smiles upon me but without making me the least bit happier.
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