Johannes Brahms Quotes

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Johannes Brahms Quotes

Ah, that tastes nice. Thank you.
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If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon.

— Johannes Brahms

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.

— Johannes Brahms

Leave off driving your composers. It might prove to be as dangerous as it is generally unnecessary. After all, composing cannot be turned out like spinning or sewing. Some respected colleagues (Bach, Mozart, Schubert) have spoilt the world terribly. But if we can't imitate them in the beauty of their writing, we should certainly beware of seeking to match the speed of their writing. It would also be unjust to put all the blame on idleness alone. Many factors combine to make writing harder for us (my contemporaries), and especially me. If, incidentally, they would use us poets for some other purpose, they would see that we are thoroughly and naturally industrious dispositions ... I have no time: otherwise I should love to chat on the difficulty of composing and how irresponsible publishers are.

— Johannes Brahms

The only true immortality lies in one's children.
[Letter to his friend, Richard Heuberger]

— Johannes Brahms

A symphony is no joke.

— Johannes Brahms

In my study I can lay my hand on the Bible in the pitch dark. All truly inspired ideas come from God. The powers from which all truly great composers like Mozart, Schubert, Bach and Beethoven drew their inspirations is the same power that enabled Jesus to do his miracles.

— Johannes Brahms

Reviewer: 'One of your themes was very similar to one of Beethoven's!' Brahms replied, 'Of course it is. Everyone steals - the important thing is to do it brilliantly.

— Johannes Brahms

Ah, that tastes nice. Thank you.

— Johannes Brahms

My things really are written with an appalling lack of practicality!

— Johannes Brahms

To follow in Beethoven's footsteps transcends one's strength.

— Johannes Brahms

In him converge all previous streams of tendency, not as into a pool, stagnant, passive, motionless, but as a noble river that received its tributary waters and bearss them onward in larger and statelier volume.

— Johannes Brahms

It is not hard to compose but it is wonderfully hard to let the superfluous notes fall under the table ... So many melodies fly about, one must be careful not to tread on them.

— Johannes Brahms

What would become of all historical biography if it was written only with consideration for other peoples' feelings?

— Johannes Brahms

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