Top 10 Franz Liszt Quotes

Franz Lizst(October 22, 1811 – July 31, 1886) was a Hungarian virtuoso and regarded as one of the greatest classical pianists and composers of all time. 

Here are Franz Liszt’s top ten most beautiful quotes:


Music is the heart of life. She speaks love; without it, there is no possible good and with it everything is beautiful. 



My piano is to me what a ship is to the sailor, what a steed is to the Arab. It is the intimate personal depository of everything that stirred wildly in my brain during the most impassioned days of my youth. It was there that all my wishes, all my dreams, all my joys, and all my sorrows lay.

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My sole ambition as a composer is to hurl my javelin into the infinite space of the future.

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Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words.

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My mind and fingers have worked like the damned. Homer, the Bible, Plato, Locke, Lamartine, Chateaubriand, Beethoven, Bach, Hummel, Mozart, Weber all around me. I study them. I devour them with fury. 

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Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist.

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In life one must decide whether to conjugate the verb to have or the verb to be.

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The day will come when all nations amidst which the Jews are dwelling will have to raise the question of their wholesale expulsion, a question which will be one of life or death, good health or chronic disease, peaceful existence or perpetual social fever.


Real men are sadly lacking in this world, for when they are put to the test they prove worthless.



Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.

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Thank you Franz Liszt!

Interesting Franz Liszt Facts:

  • His father, Adam Liszt, knew Beethoven and Haydn.
  • He studied under Carl Czerny, who was taught by Beethoven and Hummel.
  • At age 8 he began composing and performing at concerts by age 9.
  • During performances, he often broke the piano strings.
  • He held many charity concerts and donated much of his earnings to music programs, hospitals, schools, and disaster relief.

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