Richard Wagner Quotes
Born: May 22, 1813
Died: February 13, 1883
I regard the Jewish race as the born enemy of pure humanity and everything that is noble in it.
The most tremendous genius raised Mozart above all masters, in all centuries and in all the arts.
The essence of higher instrumental music lays herein that one is able to express in tones that what one is unable to say in words.
Those who grasp the whole, will also comprehend all parts of that whole, even when immediate technical understanding is lacking, and recognize and marshal these.
The only form of music is melody, without melody music is not feasible, and music and melody are quite inseparable.
Blessed be, the genius who never knew good fortune! Genius in itself already means so much, what meaning does luck still hold for him?
Music truely has to all other arts the same relation as religion to the church.
These revelations expressed through Art work upon the soul with a force carrying its own conviction and permeate our sentient life with a sense of truth which logic and mere reason are powerless to combat.
The sounds proceeding from the instruments of symphonic music seem to be the very organs of the mysteries of creation, for they reveal, as it were, the primal stirrings of creation which brought order out of chaos long before the human heart was there to behold them.
Whatever my passions demand of me, I become for the time being - musician, poet, director, author, lecturer or anything else.
Any so-called stimulus program is a ruse. The government can increase its spending only by reducing private spending equivalently.
Whether government finances its added spending by increasing taxes, by borrowing, or by inflating the currency, the added spending will be offset by reduced private spending. Furthermore, private spending is generally more efficient than the government spending that would replace it because people act more carefully when they spend their own money than when they spend other people's money.
That even in its sharpest pangs of pain a dog can still caress its master we have learnt from the studies of vivisectors.
My destiny is solitude, and my life is work.
What Music expresses is eternal, infinite, and ideal, she expresses not the passion, love, desire, of this or that individual in this or that condition, but Passion, Love, Desire itself, and in such infinitely varied phases as lie in her unique possession and are foreign and unknown to any other tongue...So...Here's to Victory, gained by our higher sense over the worthlessness of the vulgar! To Love, which crowns our courage...To the day, to the night!...And three cheers for Music...
What a wonderful work Wagner has done for humanity in translating the toil of life into the readable script of music! For those who seek the tale of other worlds his magic is silent, but earth-travail under his wand becomes instinct with rhythmic song to an accompaniment of the elements, and the blare and crash of the bottomless pit itself.
It should not be presumed that these people (the Jews), who are so separated from us by their religion, have any right to make our laws. But why blame the Jews? It is we who lack all feeling for our own identity, all sense of honour.
Certain things in Mozart will and can never be excelled.
I am writing Parsifal only for my wife - if I had to depend on the German spirit, I should have nothing more to say.
Attack and defence, want and war, victory and defeat, lordship and thraldom, all sealed with the seal of blood: this from henceforth is the History of Man.