Gustav Mahler Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Gustav Mahler quotes, Gustav Mahler sayings, and Gustav Mahler proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again. Gustav Mahler
With the coming of spring, I am calm again. Gustav Mahler
All that is not perfect down to the smallest detail is doomed to perish. Gustav Mahler
Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire. Gustav Mahler
Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a carefully selected number of piccolos. Gustav Mahler
The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes. Gustav Mahler
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. Gustav Mahler
It is strange how one feels drawn forward without knowing at first where one is going. Gustav Mahler
It's not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it. Gustav Mahler
It is easier to achieve a desired result in short pieces. Gustav Mahler
A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything. Gustav Mahler
A full cup of wine at the right time is worth more than all the kingdoms of this earth! Gustav Mahler
It's not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it. Gustav Mahler
Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire. Gustav Mahler
It's not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it. Gustav Mahler
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. Gustav Mahler