It was very good of God to let Carlyle and Mrs Carlyle marry one another and so make only two people miserable instead if four.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902) on Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) 

The majority of husbands remind me of an orang-utan trying to play the violin.
Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) 

Far too noisy, my dear Mozart, far too many notes...
Archduke Ferdinand of Austria on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) 

I can compare Le Carnival Romain by Berlioz to nothing but the caperings and gibberings of a big baboon, over-excited by a dose of alcoholic stimulus.
George Templeton Strong, British critic, diary entry  

I love Wagner, but the music I prefer is that of a cat hung up by its tail outside a window and trying to stick to the panes of glass with its claws.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) on Richard Wagner 

It's bad when they don't perform your operas - but when they do, it's far worse.
Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) on Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), composer 

Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.
An Ideal Husband - Oscar Wilde

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