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1. "For a short while she considered the idea of orchestral courtesy. Certainly one should avoid giving political offence: German orchestras, of course, used to be careful about playing Wagner abroad, at least in some countries, choosing instead German composers who were somewhat more ... apologetic."
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
2. "It always makes me sad when I think of how I saw Wagner wasting his vitality, not only by singing their parts to some of his artists, but acting out the smallest details, and of how few they were who were responsive to his wishes."
Author: Anton Seidl
3. "We've been listening to Wagner, which is so great."
Author: Bernadette Peters
4. "I thought of America as Natalie Wood and Bob Wagner sprawled on the edge of a Hollywood swimming pool biting into the same red apple."
Author: Bharati Mukherjee
5. "Lombardi: There's a whole series of beautiful Mozart and Wagner records, in still very pristine condition. But, never a Bible. Until now. May I ask what condition it's in?Eli: It's beat up. But it will do the job."
Author: Book Of Eli Movie
6. "I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws."
Author: Charles Baudelaire
7. "Yes, Wagner and the storm intermix with the wine as nights like this run up my wrists and up into my head and back down into the gut"
Author: Charles Bukowski
8. "She could just imagine, all her friends and family mourning around her grave. The tombstone would read Kari Wagner, Died of Sheer Stupidity. It would be almost as bad to have her grave marker read Died of Terminal Bedroom Boredom."
Author: Cherise Sinclair
9. "The movies, I thought, have got the soundtrack to war all wrong. War isn't rock 'n' roll. It's got nothing to do with Jimi Hendrix or Richard Wagner. War is nursery rhymes and early Madonna tracks. War is the music from your childhood. Because war, when it's not making you kill or be killed, turns you into an infant. For the past eight days, I'd been living like a five-year-old — a nonexistence of daytime naps, mushy food, and lavatory breaks. My adult life was back in Los Angeles with my dirty dishes and credit card bills."
Author: Chris Ayres
10. "Wagner Doctor Faustus' student and servant: "Alas, poor slave! See how poverty jests in his nakedness. I know the villain's out of service, and so hungry that I know he would give his soul to the devil for a shoulder of mutton, though it were blood raw."Robin a clown: "Not so, neither! I had need to have it well roasted, and good sauce to it, if I pay so dear, I can tell you."
Author: Christopher Marlowe
11. "I never listen to music when I am writing. It would be impossible. I listen to Bach in the mornings, mostly choral music; also some Handel, mostly songs and arias; I like Schubert's and Beethoven's chamber music and Sibelius' symphonies; for opera, I listen to Mozart and in recent years Wagner."
Author: Colm Toibin
12. "She's sweet on Wagner.I think she'd die for Beethoven.she loves the way Puccini lays down a tune,and Verdi's always creeping from her room."
Author: Electric Light Orchestra
13. "Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration."
Author: Ernest Newman
14. "I conclude that the Wagnerian operas which are already in the repertoire, and other masterworks as well, stand in no further need of my services."
Author: Franz Liszt
15. "I find little in the works of Beethoven, Berlioz, Wagner and others when they are led by a conductor who functions like a windmill."
Author: Franz Liszt
16. "Science would not be what it is if there had not been a Galileo, a Newton or a Lavoisier, any more than music would be what it is if Bach, Beethoven and Wagner had never lived. The world as we know it is the product of its geniuses—and there may be evil as well as beneficent genius—and to deny that fact, is to stultify all history, whether it be that of the intellectual or the economic world."
Author: Galileo
17. "[On scientist Carl Friedrich Gauss][Carl Friedrich] Gauss told his friend Rudolf Wagner, a professor of biology at Gottingen University, that he did not believe in the Bible but that he had meditated a great deal on the future of the human soul and speculated on the possibility of the soul being reincarnated on another planet. Evidently, Gauss was a Deist with a good deal of skepticism concerning religion."
Author: Gerhard Falk
18. "One can't judge Wagner's opera Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don't intend to hear it a second time."
Author: Gioachino Rossini
19. "Wagner is a composer who has beautiful moments but awful quarter hours."
Author: Gioachino Rossini
20. "Wagner has lovely moments but awful quarters of an hour."
Author: Gioachino Rossini
21. "Peter Wagner, my son, just won the Bel-Air Junior Club Championship. Parred the last three holes. One-putts, up and down. Us Wagners don't hit greens. We chip and putt."
Author: Jack Wagner
22. "Wagner:Ich hab es öfters rühmen hören,Ein Komödiant könnt einen Pfarrer lehren.Faust:Ja, wenn der Pfarrer ein Komödiant ist;Wie das denn wohl zuzeiten kommen mag."
Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
23. "To give the devil its due, ours is the best Age men ever lived in; we are all more comfortable and virtuous than we ever were; we have many new accomplishments, advertisements in green pastures, telephones in bedrooms, more newspapers than we want to read, and extremely punctilious diagnosis of maladies. A doctor examined a young lady the other day, and among his notes were there: ‘Not afraid of small rooms, ghosts, or thunderstorms – not made drunk by hearing Wagner; brown hair, artistic hands; had a craving for chocolate in 1918."
Author: John Galsworthy
24. "I love you, Michael Wagner." "Forever?" he asked. "Forever," I said."
Author: Judy Blume
25. "Letter from Van Gogh to Gauguin: "Ah! my dear friend, to make of painting what the music of Berlioz and Wagner has been before us... a consolatory art for distressed hearts! There are as yet only a few who feel it as you and I do!!! [Letter 739, Arles, 21 January 1889]"
Author: Liesbeth Heenk
26. "Good God! Think of listening to Wagner for a whole fortnight with a woman who takes about as much interest in music as a tone-deaf newt - that would be fun!"
Author: Marcel Proust
27. "We needed germans in Paris to hear Wagner."
Author: Marcel Proust
28. "What does it do?" said Loeser. "You feel as if you're being sucked down this fathomless, gloomy tunnel. Or to put it another way, it's as if all the different weights and cares of the world have been lifted from your shoulders to he replaced by a single, much larger sort of consolidated weight. Your limbs stop working and you can't really talk. If you take enough then it can last for hours and hours, but it seems like even longer because time slows down." Hildkraut smiled wistfully. "It's fantastic." At their feet, somebody groaned softly as if in enthusiastic assent. "And it makes Wagner sound really good."
Author: Ned Beauman
29. "Ah! That must be Aunt Augusta. Only relatives, or creditors, ever ring in that Wagnerian manner."
Author: Oscar Wilde
30. "I like Wagner's music better than anybody's. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without other people hearing what one says."
Author: Oscar Wilde
31. "You have to distinguish between things that seemed odd when they were new but are now quite familiar, such as Ibsen and Wagner, and things that seemed crazy when they were new and seem crazy now, like 'Finnegans Wake' and Picasso."
Author: Philip Larkin
32. "What was infinitely more valuable to Wagner, and what excited his gratitude to even more superlative utterance, was the confidence which Liszt showed in his genius, and without which, it is no exaggeration to say, Wagner's greatest works would probably have remained unwritten."
Author: Richard Wagner
33. "Richard Wagner, a musician who wrote music which is better than it sounds."
Author: Richard Wagner
34. "Everything in Wagner's work - the music, the acting, the staging - stemmed from the text. Everything served to interpret the text."
Author: Robert Wilson
35. "{In a letter to his friend Rudolf Wagner}I believe you are more believing in the Bible than I. I am not."
Author: Rudolf Wagner
36. "Nietzscheja sem prežvecil in prebavil v treh dneh. Po tem velikem zalogaju mi je ostala samo še ena podrobnost osebnosti tega filozofa, še zadnji oreh, ki ga je bilo treba streti: njegovi brki! Federico Garcia Lorca, ki je bil ocaran nad Hitlerjevimi brki, je pozneje izjavil, da "so brki tragicna konstanta moškega obraza". Celo z brki sem nameraval preseci Nietzscheja! Moji že ne bodo zamorjeni, katastroficni, obteženi z wagnerjansko glasbo in meglo. Ne! Moji bodo zašiljeni, imperialisticni, ultraracianalisticni in usmerjeni k nebu, kot vertikalni misticizem, kot španski vertikalni sindikati."
Author: Salvador Dalí
37. "I looked at the headline: "The Devil Made Him Do It." It was an opinion piece about the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and the "disjointed" but "grotesque" remarks he had made at a press conference. Lamenting the relative impotence of the arts in comparison to terrorism, Stockhausen had called the attacks "the greatest work of art that is possible in the whole cosmos." I guess he thought of it as a Wagnerian spectacle, an opera of airplanes and towers. "Five thousand people are dispatched into eternity, in a single moment," he said. "I couldn't do that. In comparison with that, we're nothing as composers."
Author: Supervert
38. "Music is the worst of them - roiling and boiling - overly emotionalized on the one hand, overly intellectuallized on the other. Bach and Mozart indeed! Bach inevitably makes me think of fish in a barrel! round and round and round they go and nothing ever happens. Nothing ! Tum -de-dum-dum. Tum -de-dum-dum and that's all! Tum -de-dum-de-bloody-dum-dum! As for Mozart, his emotions did not mature beyond the age of twelve. never achieved adolescence, let alone puberty. his music merely combines a popular talent for slapstick and a commercial talent for tears. No - not tears. For sobs. Beethoven, pompous. Chopin - sickly sweet and given to tantrums - Tum -de-dum-dum- Bang! and Wagner - a self -centred bore. and Stravinsky - discordant, rude and blows his music through his nose"
Author: Timothy Findley
39. "I grew up taking piano lessons and liking Wagner when I was in second grade."
Author: Tom Verlaine
40. "It was the mutual study of the Spear and the significance of its legend and their strikingly opposite views about it which finally parted these inseperable friends -- the master musician (Wagner) and the cynnical philosopher (Nietzsche). A parting which led them both to experience a bitter and pathetic lonliness, and later a growing hatred and contempt for one another which spilled over into a stormy controversy to shatter the emerging Pan-Germanic mystic-pagan idealism to its very foundations."
Author: Trevor Ravenscroft
41. "Ma Peter - non importa quanto fosse bella la giornata, e gli alberi e l'erba, e la fanciulla vestita di rosa - Peter non vedeva mai nulla. Se lei glielo chiedeva, si metteva gli occhiali; guardava. Ma era lo stato del mondo che gli interessava: Wagner, la poesia di Pope, il carattere della gente, e i difetti dell'anima di lei."
Author: Virginia Woolf
42. "And my singing, I don't think I could sing Wagner or opera, but I could probably carry a tune. I was in a musical once, but it was never performed."
Author: Wallace Shawn
43. "I just can't listen to any more Wagner, you know...I'm starting to get the urge to conquer Poland."
Author: Woody Allen
44. "After conducting Wagner, Beethoven's triple concerto is like taking an Alka Seltzer."
Author: Zubin Mehta

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