Quotations by Franz Liszt

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Born: Tuesday, October 22, 1811
Died: Saturday, July 31, 1886 (74 years old)
Profession: Composer
Nationality: Hungarian


A person of any mental quality has ideas of his own. This is common sense.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Quality, Ideas, Common sense)

A theatre receives recognition through its initiative, which is indispensable for first-rate performances.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: First, Theatre)

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
(Keywords: Mother, Children, Language)

Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Day, May)

Brahms' Variations are better than mine, but mine were written before his.
- 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
(Keywords: Art, Consciousness, Conviction, Open)

Companions, in misery and worse, that is what we all are, and to try to change this substantially avails us nothing.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Change, Misery, 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.
- 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
(Keywords: Faith, Work, Heart, Church, Childhood)

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

I foster a sorrowful conception of affection. Make no sacrifices.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Affection)

In Hungary all native music, in its origin, is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Music, Dance, Song)

Inspiration is enough to give expression to the tone in singing, especially when the song is without words.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Inspiration, Expression, Singing, Song, Words)

It is impossible to imagine a more complete fusion with nature than that of the Gypsy.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Nature)

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
(Keywords: Work, Ambition)

Life is only a long and bitter suicide, and faith alone can transform this suicide into a sacrifice.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Faith, Life, Sacrifice, Suicide)

Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Artist, Destiny)

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
(Keywords: Art, Music, Thought, Feeling, Words)

Real men are sadly lacking in this world, for when they are put to the test they prove worthless.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Men, World)

Sorrowful and great is the artist's destiny.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Artist, Destiny)

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
(Keywords: Life, Religion, Art, Christ, Light, Serenity)

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
(Keywords: Music, Character, Emotions)

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
(Keywords: Music, Power)

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

The public is always good.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Public)

Truth is a great flirt.
- Franz Liszt
(Keywords: Truth)

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
(Keywords: Performance, Improvement, Style)

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
(Keywords: Work, School, Years)







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