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Caricature of Richard Wagner Cover of L'Eclips...

Is Wagner actually a man? Is he not rather a disease? Everything he touches falls ill; he has made music sick. –Friedrich Nietzsche

I write music with an exclamation point! – Richard Wagner

I wish I could score everything for horns. –Richard Wagner

Imagination creates reality. –Richard Wagner

Wagner has good moments but awful quarters of an hour. –Gioacchino Rossini

I like Wagner’s music better than any other music. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without people hearing what one says. –Oscar Wilde

For me, Wagner is impossible… he talks without ever stopping. One can’t just talk all the time. –Robert Schumann

Wagner’s music is better than it sounds. –Mark Twain

Tannhäuser is a music that one must hear several times. I am not going again. –Gioacchino Rossini

Parsifal is the kind of opera that starts at six o’clock. After three hours you look at your watch and it says 6:20. –David Randolph

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