Talk:Richard Wagner

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That's it?[edit]

The best quotes you can find about Wagner? I think I've seen most of them scribbled in toilet stalls.

^^ I was going to write the same thing. Wikiquote creator for Wagner: Congrats for the blog feel. It's important that Wikipedia not be taken seriously, and this kind of page helps.

I created this article. My Wikipedia name is Zaorish, but for some reason it doesn't work on Wikiquote. I will try and source the first quote tonight.

--I asked a friend, who said he'd heard that quote attributed to Wagner by Placido Domingo on a TV program.

Bad Source[edit]

"I hate this fast growing tendency to chain men to machines in big factories and deprive them of all joy in their efforts — the plan will lead to cheap men and cheap products." It is not located in "Art and Revolution" - the only source for this quote comes from a 1903 out of print biography by Elbert Hubbard. I've removed it for this reason. He does not give a source, and there is little evidence that Wagner actually said or wrote it. 05:27, 27 December 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable and precise source for any quote on this list please move it to Richard Wagner.

  • From wisdom, understanding. From understanding, compassion. From compassion, love.
  • I believe that through art all men are saved.
  • I know absolutely nothing about music.
  • I write music with an exclamation mark!
  • After Rossini dies, who will there be to defend his music?
  • Joy is not in things; it is in us.

^ Not from the composer. The proper attribution is to French pastor and author Charles Wagner (1852-1916) as translated into English by Mary Louise Hendee. The quote comes from the book 'The Simple Life' (1901), Section VII 'Simple Pleasures', paragraph 3, last sentence: 'Joy is not in things, it is in us, and I hold to the belief that the causes of our present unrest, of this contagious discontent spreading everywhere, are in us at least as much as in exterior conditions.'

About Wagner (unsourced)[edit]

  • Wagner has great moments but dull quarter hours - Rossini
  • Every time I listen to Wagner, I get the urge to invade Poland - Woody Allen, Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) [1]
  • I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window, trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws. - Charles Baudelaire
  • One simply can not judge Wagner's 'Lohengrin' after a first hearing. Pity I don't intend hearing it a second time. - Gioacchino Antonio Rossini
  • The prelude to Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' reminds one of the old Italian painting of a martyr whose intestines are slowly unwound from his body on a reel. - Eduard Hanslick
  • I grant you that the 'Nibelungen Ring' is funny, although mythical, but it is not a patch on the story of the coming into being of the Sydney Opera House. - Anna Russel
  • The leitmotiv system of the 'Ring' strikes me as a sort of vast musical city directory. - Claude Debussy
  • The principle of the endless melody is the perpetual becoming of a music that never had any reason for starting, any more than it has any reason for ending. - Igor Stravinsky
  • Wagner's aunt was so musical that when she came to a five-barred gate, she stopped and sang the spots on her veil. - Beachcomber
  • "The peculiar characteristic of classical music is that it is really so much better than it sounds,” Bill Nye (1850-1896) in September 1887, often cited as "Wagner's music is better than it sounds" and attribuated to Mark Twain.