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Felix Mendelssohn Quotes

Quotes by Felix Mendelssohn - (7 quotes)

Felix Mendelssohn - From the Beauty category:

The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety. (Felix Mendelssohn)

Felix Mendelssohn - From the Expectation category:

Ever since I began to compose, I have remained true to my starting principle: not to write a page because of what public or what pretty girl wanted it to be thus or thus, but to write solely as I, myself, thought best, and as it gave me pleasure. (Felix Mendelssohn)

Felix Mendelssohn - From the Fire category:

-letter to Wilhelm Taubert, August 27, 1831...
And do you agree with me, that the first condition of an artist should be to bear respect toward what is great, and to bow to it and acknowledge it and not attempt to extinguish great flames for the sake of making his own rushlight burn more brightly? (Felix Mendelssohn)

Felix Mendelssohn - From the Music category:

These seem to me so ambiguous, so vague, so easily misunderstood in comparison to genuine music, which fills the soul with a thousand things better than words. (Felix Mendelssohn)

Felix Mendelssohn - From the Opposites category:

People often complain that music is too ambiguous, that what they should think when they hear it is so unclear, whereas everyone understands words. With me, it is exactly the opposite, and not only with regard to an entire speech but also with individual words. (Felix Mendelssohn)

Felix Mendelssohn - From the Rewards category:

Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God. (Felix Mendelssohn)

Felix Mendelssohn - From the Windows category:

This is what I think art is and what I demand of it: that it pull everyone in, that it show one person another's most intimate thoughts and feelings, that it throw open the window of the soul. (Felix Mendelssohn)