Top 28 Franz Liszt Quotes

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“Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.”

― Franz Liszt

“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.”

― Franz Liszt

“Inspiration is enough to give expression to the tone in singing, especially when the song is without words.”

― Franz Liszt

“Sorrowful and great is the artist’s destiny.”

― Franz Liszt

“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.”

― Franz Liszt

“In Hungary all native music, in its origin, is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance.”

― Franz Liszt

“Life is only a long and bitter suicide, and faith alone can transform this suicide into a sacrifice.”

― Franz Liszt

“It is impossible to imagine a more complete fusion with nature than that of the Gypsy.”

― Franz Liszt

“Truth is a great flirt.”

― Franz Liszt

“I find little in the works of Beethoven, Berlioz, Wagner and others when they are led by a conductor who functions like a windmill.”

― Franz Liszt

“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.”

― Franz Liszt

“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.”

― Franz Liszt

“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.”

― Franz Liszt

“The public is always good.”

― Franz Liszt

“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.”

― Franz Liszt

“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.”

― Franz Liszt

“We need improvement in the style of performance. There is no more advantage in a musician who plays and conducts than in one who is only a beater of rhythm.”

― Franz Liszt

“Real men are sadly lacking in this world, for when they are put to the test they prove worthless.”

― Franz Liszt

“It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me.”

― Franz Liszt

“Companions, in misery and worse, that is what we all are, and to try to change this substantially avails us nothing.”

― Franz Liszt

“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.”

― Franz Liszt

“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.”

― Franz Liszt

“Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.”

― Franz Liszt

“I foster a sorrowful conception of affection. Make no sacrifices.”

― Franz Liszt

“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.”

― Franz Liszt

“Brahms’ Variations are better than mine, but mine were written before his.”

― Franz Liszt

“A theatre receives recognition through its initiative, which is indispensable for first-rate performances.”

― Franz Liszt

“A person of any mental quality has ideas of his own. This is common sense.”

― Franz Liszt
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