"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music."
"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain."Gustav Mahler on Bob Marley
"If music be the food of love, play on."Gustav Mahler on William Shakespeare
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."Gustav Mahler on Plato
"Without music, life would be a mistake."Gustav Mahler on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water."Gustav Mahler on Ray Charles
"Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a carefully selected number of piccolos."
"The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause."
"The impressions of the spriritual experiences gave my future life its form and content."
"I hope you will no longer accuse me of a lack of delicacy. as I now count on your understanding."
"The real art of conducting consists in transitions."