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"It is not hard to compose, but it is wonderfully hard to let the extra notes fall under the table."
Johannes Brahms

"The evil only starts when one attempts to compose better than one can."
Richard Wagner on Johannes Brahms

"I bag a thousand pardons if there is someone here whom I have not insulted tonight."
Johannes Brahms while leaving a party
"There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem."
George Bernard Shaw

"I once sent him a song and asked him to mark a cross wherever he thought it was faulty. Brahms returned it untouched, saying "I don't want to make a cemetery of your compositions."
Hugo Wolf on Johannes Brahms

"What a giftless bastard!"
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky on Johannes Brahms
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