Wolfgang Mozart: musical genius.

Born:   January 27, 1756

Died:  December 5, 1791

Mozart learned at a young age to endure criticism.  And to ignore it.

I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.

Called stupid by some of his early teachers, he is now recognized as a genius.

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

And his musical ability consistently bore this out.

Nevertheless the passions, whether violent or not, should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust; and music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.

He taught us to be aware that great inspiration can come at very unusual times, and in very unusual places.

When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.

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