The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion.
A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.
Loving a child doesn't mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.
I've been a woman for a little over 50 years and have gotten over my initial astonishment. As for conducting an orchestra, that's a job where I don't think sex plays much part.
Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece.