Robert Schumann quotes

  • Talent works, genius creates.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Music #Coaching #Genius

  • To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Inspiring #Art #Men

  • When you play, never mind who listens to you.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Music #Piano #Play

  • Remember, there are more people in the world than yourself. Be modest! You have not yet invented nor thought anything which others have not thought or invented before. And should you really have done so, consider it a gift of heaven which you are to share with others.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #People #Heaven #Done

  • Without enthusiasm nothing great can be effected in art.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Art #Enthusiasm

  • In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Music #Order #Needs

  • Think it a vile habit to alter works of good composers, to omit parts of them, or to insert new-fashioned ornaments. This is the greatest insult you can offer to Art.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Art #Thinking #Ornaments

  • If, while at the piano, you attempt to form little melodies, that is very well; but if they come into your mind of themselves, when you are not practising, you may be still more pleased; for the internal organ of music is then roused in you. The fingers must do what the head desires; not the contrary.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Piano #Mind #Desire

  • Play always as if in the presence of a master.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Play #Masters

  • From a pound of iron, that costs little, a thousand watch-springs can be made, whose value becomes prodigious. The pound you have received from the Lord,--use it faithfully.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Spring #Iron #Cost

  • I am so fresh in soul and spirit that life gushes and bubbles around me in a thousand springs.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Spring #Soul #Spirit

  • If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Teamwork #Play #Ensemble

  • Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Art #Enthusiasm #Accomplished

  • You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you've looked into a pair of beautiful eyes.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Beautiful #Eye #Writing

  • For me, music is always the language which permits one to converse with the Beyond.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Language #Permit #Music Is

  • Music owes as much to Bach as religion to its founder.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Founders

  • The aesthetic principle is the same in every art, only the material differs.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Art #Principles #Aesthetic

  • Believe me, were I ever to accomplish anything, it would be in music, which has always attracted me; and, without overestimating myself, I am conscious of possessing a certain creative faculty.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Believe #Creative #Would Be

  • You will be most readily cured of vanity or presumption by studying the history of music, and by hearing the master pieces which have been produced at different periods.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Vanity #Different #Pieces

  • Let your intimate friends be chosen from such as are better informed than yourself.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Intimate #Intimate Friends #Chosen

  • You should neither play bad compositions, nor, unless compelled, listen to them.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Play #Should #Composition

  • I sometimes lack confidence in public, although I am proud enough inwardly.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Proud #Sometimes #Enough

  • Does it not seem as if Mozart's works become fresher and fresher the oftener we hear them?
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Doe

  • To compose is to remember music that has never been written.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Remember

  • An evil fate has deprived me of the full use of my right hand, so that I am not able to play my compositions as I feel them. The trouble with my hand is that certain fingers have become so weak, probably through writing and playing too much at one time, that I can hardly use them.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Writing #Fate #Hands

  • I feel so entirely in my element with a full orchestra; even if my mortal enemies were marshalled before me, I could lead them, master them, surround them, or repulse them.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Enemy #Orchestra #Elements

  • The poet sees better than other mortals. I do not see things as they are, but according to my own subjective impression, and this makes life easier and simpler.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Poet #Easier #Impression

  • My indifference to money and my spendthrift ways are disgraceful. You have no idea how reckless I am; how often I practically throw money out of the window. I am always making good resolutions, but the next minute I forget and give the waiter eightpence.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Ideas #Giving #Way

  • Mendelssohn I consider the first musician of the day; I doff my hat to him as my superior. He plays with everything, especially with the grouping of the instruments in the orchestra, but with such ease, delicacy and art, with such mastery throughout.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Art #Play #Mastery

  • The principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Perfection #Genius #Originality

  • My heart pounds sickeningly and I turn pale... I often feel as if I were dead... I seem to be losing my mind.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Heart #Mind #Pounds

  • It is the curse of talent that, although it labors with greater steadiness and perseverance than genius, it does not reach its goal, while genius already on the summit of the ideal, gazes laughingly about.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Perseverance #Goal #Doe

  • I was a God-fearing child, innocent and physically attractive.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Children #Innocent #Attractive

  • Music - so different from painting - is the art which we enjoy most in company with others. A symphony, presented in a room with one other listener, would please him but little.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Art #Symphony #Littles

  • Art was not created as a way to riches. Strive to become a true artist; all else will take care of itself.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Art #Care #Riches

  • Can that which has cost the artist days, weeks, months and even years of reflection be understood in a flash by a dilettante?
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Reflection #Artist #Years

  • My symphonies would have reached Opus 100 if I had but written them down... Sometimes I am so full of music, and so overflowing with melody, that I find it simply impossible to write down anything.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Writing #Symphony #Impossible

  • The flame that is naturally clear always gives the most light and heat. If I could blend my talent for poetry and music into one, the light would burn still clearer, and I might go far.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Flames #Light #Giving

  • Nature best teaches how to pray, and how to reverence all the gifts the Almighty has given us. She is like a vast outspread handkerchief, embroidered with God's eternal name, on which we may dry alike our tears of sorrow and of joy; she turns weeping into ecstasy, and fills our hearts with speechless, quiet reverence and resignation.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Heart #Names #Joy

  • We have learned to express the more delicate nuances of feeling by penetrating more deeply into the mysteries of harmony.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Feelings #Nuance #Mystery

  • People compose for many reasons, to become immortal; because the piano happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; or for no reason whatsoever.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Beautiful #Eye #Piano

  • We may be sure that a genius like Mozart, were he born today, would write concertos like Chopin and not like Mozart.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Writing #Genius #May

  • It was an unforgettable picture to see Chopin sitting at the piano like a clairvoyant, lost in his dreams; to see how his vision communicated itself through his playing, and how, at the end of each piece, he had the sad habit of running one finger over the length of the plaintive keyboard, as though to tear himself forcibly away from his dream.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Running #Dream #Piano

  • My whole life has been a struggle between Poetry and Prose, or call it Music and Law.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Struggle #Law #Whole Life

  • Thus it is ever in life. The aims we once pursued no longer satisfy us; we aim, we strive, we aspire, until sight fails, and mind and body find rest in the grave.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Sight #Mind #Body

  • Endeavour to play easy pieces well and with elegance; that is better than to play difficult pieces badly.
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Play #Pieces #Easy

  • A fiery, good beginner always stands higher than a master in mediocrity...
    -- Robert Schumann

    #Beginners #Mediocrity #Masters