By any measure, some of the greatest creatives in the world are composers of music. Perhaps not surprisingly some of these musical geniuses also have had a philosophical bent.
Here are 10 motivational quotes by great composers.
I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings. ~Wolfgang Amadeus MozartThis is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble. ~Ludwig Van BeethovenI worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results. ~J.S. BachTo send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist. ~Robert SchumannEven if I know I shall never change the masses, never transform anything permanent, all I ask is that the good things also have their place, their refuge. ~Richard WagnerFortunately, something always remains to be harvested. So let us not be idle. ~Gustav MahlerI am hitting my head against walls, but the walls are giving way. ~Gustav MahlerI chose and my world was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken; the choosing was not. You have to move on. ~Stephen SondheimYou believe happiness to be derived from the place in which once you have been happy, but in truth it is centered in ourselves. ~Franz Schubert Life is a lot like jazz. It’s best when you improvise. ~George Gershwin Why get up in the morning unless you’re going to have an adventure? ~Hans Zimmer When a man is in despair, it means he still believes in something. ~Dmitri Shostakovich
Motivational and inspirational quotes have been a mainstay in my personal development regimen for a long time. I love the challenge of generating original quotes and affirmations and sharing them with others.
However, I never grow tired of finding new quotes to inspire my thinking and encourage positive action in my life. Here are 10 quotes from others that have inspired me over the years. May they inspire you today as well!
“We have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply we esteem too lightly.”
from “Common Sense”
Paine’s words reminds us how important it is to value our successes and the work it takes to achieve them.
We live in an instant gratification-obsessed world. We want the shortest, simpliest, most effortless route to victory. That’s not always a bad thing and I’m not suggesting that we purposely complicate our lives in some misguided attempt to build character.
However, when everything comes too easily for us, we fail to fully appreciate it. We lose sight of the sacrifice and effort that creates lasting success. We skip the lessons to be learned along the road to victory. We miss the fulfillment that comes from struggling, but still progressing.
Paine suggests that without the struggle we undervalue our accomplishments. He implies a natural human tendency to take for granted that which comes easily to us. You might call these easy accomplishments “blessings” or “luck” or “synchronicity” because they seem to fall into your lap.
Look closer. You see that you have worked hard for these “easy accomplishments” as well. It may be subtle changes in you or your attitude toward life that suddenly makes an impossibility possible. The work and the change originated within you.
So, what’s the take away? Appreciate every step of the journey not only for the learning, but the scars earned. Relish your successes. Most of all, remember to give yourself the credit you are due for your accomplishments.
Stay inspired, my friends and have a fantastic Tuesday!