Robert Schumann (8 June 1810 – 29 July 1856) was a German composer and pianist.
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- In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
- (Secondary source only, quoted in: Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, Ed. Evan Esar, 1949, p. 156)
- The talent works, the genius creates.
- If that's what your jokes sound like, I'm afraid to hear what your serious pieces sound like.
- Letter to Chopin after hearing Scherzo number 2 in B Flat Minor
- Hats off, gentlemen; a Genius.
- Comment after hearing an early set of variations by Chopin.
- To send light into the depths of the human heart -- this is the artist's calling!
- Licht senden in die Tiefen des menschlichen Herzens -- des Künstlers Beruf! Often mistranslated as "To send light into the darkness of men's hearts; such is the duty of the artist."