Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was undoubtedly a genius music composer. A mind of a genius is always worth looking into. The best way to penetrate someone’s mind is through their words and quotes. Those short two or three sentence can tell you a lot about their life than a full biography written by someone else.
The idea here is to look at their words and extract deep meaningful ideas for our lives. I have tried to present these quotes in such a way that they reveal Mozart as a complete person. With that thought let us understand the mind of Mozart.
“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.”Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Since we started with the word ‘genius’, the first quote really reveals the simple secret of this state of mind.
Hard work, talent, intelligence, imagination all are great tools we have. But our emotions are a far more powerful force. Love is the strongest emotion we have. Our work can reach the status of ‘genius’ only when there is intense love towards our creation.
Love is the devotion to our work. Love is the greatest creative force! Whatever you do, make sure to bring love. Without love, life is hollow.
Love is one of the 10 Ways to stimulate your mind for higher creativity and imagination.
“Music, in even the most terrible situations, must never offend the ear but always remain a source of pleasure.”
” I choose such notes that love one another.”Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Do you sense the quality of always giving good to others?
For Mozart, music was life. His creation of music was his extended self. This quotes express how he always wanted his creation to give pleasure to others.
Replace his music with your life. You may not be a great musician, but your life is a medium through which you speak. And make sure that everytime you speak or do something, you spread only good and positive feelings. That is the true meaning of love!
The best way to learn is through the powerful force of rhythm.
Silence is very important. The silence between the notes are as important as the notes themselvesWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
These two quotes give a valuable lesson for life. Both rhythm and silence are very important entities in life. Their meanings are best left to be experienced than to be explained.
“I cannot write in verse, for I am no poet. I cannot arrange the parts of speech with such art as to produce effects of light and shade, for I am no painter. Even by signs and gestures I cannot express my thoughts and feelings, for I am no dancer. But I can do so by means of sounds, for I am a musician.“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
It is important for all of us to recognize our art. Sometimes our creative abilities can be limited if we are not in the right area. Take some time to reflect on these questions:
- What is it that comes so naturally to you?
- What is it that you love creating and feel strongly attracted to?
- What is the medium which helps you express yourself in the best way?
Find your art. Find your love!
I love chess, music, writing, and architecture. Dedicating myself to one or all 4 of these areas is another question. But I know that in creative work, I should limit myself to only these areas and not wander aimlessly.
People err who think my art comes easily to me. I assure you, dear friend, nobody has devoted so much time and thought to compositions as I. There is not a famous master whose music I have not industriously studied through many times.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Finding your art is not the end. There is no replacement for hard work and deep study. Whatever you choose, you must dedicate hours, days, months and years to achieve something significant. Talent is not the end. It is just a good beginning.
“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.”Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
When you present your work to the society, there will be some kind of judgement. It may be good or bad, but it is an external input. Any external input can spoil your pure and intimate bond with your work.
External feedback is helpful, but only when you analyze your work. You have to make sure that you don’t let any social judgement affect your feelings towards your work.
I never lie down at night without reflecting that, young as I am, I may not live to see another day.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I wanted to end this post by reminding you of your mortality. No matter how great you become in your work, your mind must be rooted in your mortal nature. It is not something to be afraid of. It gives meaning to life and helps you focus only on what matters.
“As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relationships with this best and truest friend of mankind that death’s image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling, and I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity…of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.”Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Thank you for reading! I hope you got a sense of a mind that was behind all these great compositions. The kind of thoughts that it thinks and the feelings it feels.
If you enjoyed this post, check out this category: Learn from the masters. It explores the minds of other great masters and their writings! 🙂