I occasionally play works by contemporary composers and for two reasons. First to discourage the composer from writing any more and secondly to remind myself how much I appreciate Beethoven.
If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.
No matter what side of an argument you’re on, you always find some people on your side that wish you were on the other side.
There is no top. There are always further heights to reach.