"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."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."Gustav Mahler on Theodore Roosevelt
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."Gustav Mahler on Michael Jordan
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."Gustav Mahler on Calvin Coolidge
"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure."Gustav Mahler on Abraham Lincoln
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."Gustav Mahler on Steve Jobs
"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 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."
"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music."
"The real art of conducting consists in transitions."