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70+ Famous Ludwig Van Beethoven Quotes On Music And Love

Here’s a selection of Beethoven Quotes, covering topics such as playing a wrong note, copying, friendship, inspiration and life.

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Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Ludwig van Beethoven

If they say they don’t like the way I play Beethoven, then I can swallow that, and maybe they’re right. But if they don’t like what I’ve written, then it’s about me.
Stephen Hough

Love demands all, and has a right to all.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Don’t only practise your art, but force your way into its secrets.
Ludwig van Beethoven

A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est.

(applaud, my friends, the comedy is over.)

[said on his deathbed].

Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.
E. M. Forster

With copious evidence ranging from Plato’s haughtiness to Beethoven’s tirades, we may conclude that the most brilliant people of history tend to be a prickly lot.
Stephen Jay Gould

He supposed that, except musicians, every one thought beethoven a bore, as every one except mathematicians thought mathematics a bore.
Henry Adams

I remembered that beethoven’s symphonies had sometimes been given names… They should have call [the fifth] the vampire, because it simply refused to lie down and die.
Alan Bradley

When beethoven made sharp response to a letter from his brother karl, who embellished his signature with the phrase “land-owner,” the composer added “brain-owner” to his own autograph.
Russell Sherman

If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music and of aviation.
Tom Stoppard

To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
Ludwig van Beethoven

Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Only art and science can raise men to the level of gods.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Off with you! You’re a happy fellow, for you’ll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.
Ludwig van Beethoven

What makes a Beethoven symphony spectacular, what makes a Brahms rhapsody spectacular is that the patterns are wondrous.
Brian Greene

To play without passion is inexcusable!
Ludwig van Beethoven

Only the pure of heart can make a good soup.

I will take fate by the throat; it will never bend me completely to its will.
Ludwig van Beethoven

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.
H. L. Mencken

Friends applaud, the comedy is over.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Nowadays, people no longer know beethoven’s ninth from concerts, but form the for lines of the ‘ode to joy’ that they hear every day in the ad for bella perfume.
Milan Kundera

Whoever tells a lie is not pure of heart, and such a person can not cook a clean soup.
Ludwig van Beethoven

If Beethoven and Bach hooked up with Mozart and made a band, they could be a distant runner up to The D.
Jack Black

Music is … A higher revelation than all wisdom & philosophy.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven had a great look. It was very much about the drama of appearance.
Boy George

What is to reach the heart must come from above; if it does not come from thence, it will be nothing but notes, body without spirit.
Ludwig van Beethoven

When somewhat at a distance, I cannot hear the high tones of instruments, voices. In speaking, it is not surprising that there are people who have never noticed it, for as a rule I am absent-minded, and they account for it in that way.
Ludwig van Beethoven

What I have in my heart and soul – must find a way out. That’s the reason for music.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music from my fourth year began to be the first of my youthful occupations. Thus early acquainted with the gracious muse who tuned my soul to pure harmonies, I became fond of her, and, as it often seemed to me, she of me.
Ludwig van Beethoven

There are and always will be thousands of princes, but there is only one beethoven!.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.
Ludwig van Beethoven

The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music comes to me more readily than words.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Hide your secret even from the closest friend; learn to be silent.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Ever thine, ever mine, ever ours.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Life would be flat without music. It is the background to all I do. It speaks to the heart in its own special way like nothing else.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.
Ludwig van Beethoven

It is my wish that you may have at better and freer life than I have had. Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience; this was what upheld me in time of misery.
Ludwig van Beethoven

I was a strange, loud little kid who could sit at the piano and kill a Beethoven piece.
Lady Gaga

Recommend to your children virtues, that alone can make them happy, not gold.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Art always demands of us something new.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven exprimiu tudo, tudo. Seu sucessor não poderá continuar; deverá começar de novo. Pois o mestre só acabou no ponto em que acaba a arte’.
franz grillparzer, discurso fúnebre por ocasião da morte de beethoven em 1827.
Otto Maria Carpeaux

I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.
Ludwig van Beethoven

I like Beethoven, especially the poems.
Ringo Starr

What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven.
Ludwig van Beethoven

I shall seize fate by the throat.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.
Ludwig van Beethoven


A true artist is expected to be all that is noble-minded, and this is not altogether a mistake; on the other hand, however, in what a mean way are critics allowed to pounce upon us.
Ludwig van Beethoven

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

It seemed unthinkable for me to leave the world forever before I had produced all that I felt called upon to produce.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is indeed the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.
Ludwig van Beethoven

The Austrians are brilliant people. They made the world believe that Hitler was a German and Beethoven an Austrian.
Billy Wilder

As a kid, I loved classical music. Composers like Beethoven were like rock stars to me. Then there were the real rock stars: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan.
Alan Menken

There was one thing Beethoven didn’t do. When one of his string quartets was played, you can believe the second violin wasn’t improvising.
Wynton Marsalis

Beethoven said that it’s better to hit the wrong note confidently, than hit the right note unconfidently. Never be afraid to be wrong or to embarrass yourself; we are all students in this life, and there is always something more to learn.
Mike Norton

Every time I hear mozart, eine kleine nachtmusik and beethoven-symphony no.5 in c minor- it bring to mind those beautiful childhood memories of back home around noon time.
memories of my sweet barbados.
Charmaine J Forde

Never forget the days I spent with you. Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.
Ludwig van Beethoven

I wouldn’t want to hear Beethoven without beautiful bass, the cellos, the tuba. It’s very important. Hip-hop has thunderous bass. And so does Beethoven. If you don’t have the bass, it’s like being amputated. It’s like you have no legs.
Lou Reed

The barriers are not erected which can say to aspiring talents and industry, ‘Thus far and no farther.’
Ludwig van Beethoven

Through this evening of sentences cut short because their completed meaning was always sorrow, of normal life dissolved to tears, the chords of beethoven sounded serenely.
Rebecca West

[when asked why are numbers beautiful?]

it’s like asking why is ludwig van beethoven’s ninth symphony beautiful. If you don’t see why, someone can’t tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren’t beautiful, nothing is.

Paul Erdos

I grew up on Bach and Beethoven, and now I’m listening to more modern composers who I can’t even name. But since I’m constantly doing music, it’s difficult to have that quality time to listen to music and do classical stuff.
A. R. Rahman

Then let us all do what is right, strive with all our might toward the unattainable, develop as fully as we can the gifts God has given us, and never stop learning
Ludwig van Beethoven

Life can’t be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years.
William F. Buckley, Jr.

An artist is someone who has learned to trust in himself.
Ludwig van Beethoven

I have never thought of writing for reputation and honor. What I have in my heart must come out; that is the reason why I compose.
Ludwig van Beethoven

I wish you music to help with the burdens of life ,and to help you release your happiness to others.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.
Ludwig van Beethoven

I think comedy has a range, with multiple peaks in different areas. It’s like trying to compare Beethoven and the Beatles. Sometimes I hear from people, ‘I think you try too hard in your comedy.’ And that’s what I worry about.
Bo Burnham

The feeling about a soldier is, when all is said and done, he wasn’t really going to do very much with his life anyway. The example usually is: he wasn’t going to compose Beethoven’s Fifth.
Kurt Vonnegut

This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble.
Ludwig van Beethoven

When the bright angel dominates, out comes a great work of art, a Michelangelo David or a Beethoven symphony.
Madeleine L’Engle

Do you think I give a damn about your and your pathetic violin?
Ludwig van Beethoven

Astrology is an aesthetic affront. It cheapens astronomy, like using Beethoven for commercial jingles.
Richard Dawkins

Bach and Beethoven erected temples and churches on the heights. I only wanted to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy and at home.
Stephen Hough

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