Felix Mendelssohn quotes

  • The trombone is too sacred for frequent use.
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Use #Sacred #Trombone

  • Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God.
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Country #Blessed #Tasks

  • These seem to me so ambiguous, so vague, so easily misunderstood in comparison to genuine music, which fills the soul with a thousand things better than words.
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Soul #Misunderstood #Genuine

  • Life and art are not two different things....
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Art #Two #Different

  • I dislike nothing more than finding fault with a man's nature or talent; it only depresses and worries and does no good; one cannot add a cubit to one's stature, all striving and struggling are useless there, so one has to be silent about it, and let the responsibility rest with God.
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Depressing #Struggle #Responsibility

  • Ever since I began to compose, I have remained true to my starting principle: not to write a page because no matter what public, or what pretty girl wanted it to be thus or thus; but to write solely as I myself thought best, and as it gave me pleasure.
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Girl #Writing #Principles

  • People usually complain that music is so ambiguous, and what they are supposed to think when they hear it is so unclear, while words are understood by everyone. But for me it is exactly the opposite...what the music I love expresses to me are thoughts not to indefinite for words, but rather too definite.
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Thinking #Opposites #People

  • And here we come to the vital distinction between the advocacy of temperance and the advocacy of prohibition. Temperance and self-control are convertible terms. Prohibition, or that which it implies, is the direct negation of the term self-control. In order to save the small percentage of men who are too weak to resist their animal desires, it aims to put chains on every man, the weak and the strong alike. And if this is proper in one respect, why not in all respects? Yet, what would one think of a proposition to keep all men locked up because a certain number have a propensity to steal?
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Strong #War #Animal

  • This is what I think art is and what I demand of it: that it pull everyone in, that it show one person another's most intimate thoughts and feelings, that it throw open the window of the soul.
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Art #Thinking #Soul

  • I know perfectly well that no musician can make his thoughts or his talents different to what Heaven has made them; but I also know that if Heaven had given him good ones, he must also be able to develop them properly.
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Heaven #Musician #Different

  • And do you agree with me, that the first condition of an artist should be to bear respect toward what is great, and to bow to it and acknowledge it and not attempt to extinguish great flames for the sake of making his own rushlight burn more brightly?
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Artist #Flames #Sake

  • The essence of beauty is unity in variety.
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Essence #Unity #Essence Of Beauty

  • It's not that music is too imprecise for words, but too precise....
    -- Felix Mendelssohn

    #Music Is