Herbert von Karajan
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- If I tell the Berliners to step forward, they do it. If I tell the Viennese to step forward, they do it, but then they ask why.
- Those who have achieved all their aims probably set them too low.
- Die 7 Geheimnisse der Dirigenten-Legende in Bild, 4. April 2008
- A New York City taxi driver asked him where to go; Karajan replied "No matter - I am in demand everywhere."
- Apocryphal; see New York Times 
Quotes about von Karajan
- Isaiah Berlin referred to Karajan as "a genius, with a whiff of sulphur about him".
- La vie même de Herbert von Karajan est un roman: petit aristocrate salzbourgeois devenu enfant prodige; étudiant viennois bûcheur acharné; chef d'orchestre de province pour qui seule compte la musique.
- The very life of Herbert von Karajan is a novel: minor aristocrat became Salzburg child prodigy; shard-working Viennese wonk; provincial conductor with sole responsibility for music.
- Pierre-Jean Rémy: Karajan: La biographie (2007), opening words.
- Herbert von Karajan always rolled out a magic carpet for us, the singers. With him, our musical work took on another dimension.
- Jessye Norman, quoted in Hohn Rockwell (1989) "Herbert von Karajan Is Dead; Musical Perfectionist Was 81" in New York Times, July 17, 1989