8 inspiring composer quotes

Not only could the great composers write inspiring, uplifting and inspirational music, they also were pretty good at producing a pithy one-liner about the meaning of music, and of life. Here, we list some of the best...


1. 'I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame, I simply follow my own feelings' – W.A Mozart


2. 'Art and life are not two separate things' – Felix Mendelssohn


3. 'Without craftmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind' – Johannes Brahms


4. 'Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements' – Giacomo Puccini


5. 'If we understood the world, we would realise that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances' – Jean Sibelius


6. 'No particular culture seems to have a copyright on profound ideas about the world' – Philip Glass


7. 'Music is life and, like it, inextinguishable' – Carl Nielsen