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Bear in mind that you are not making music for your own pleasure, but for the pleasure of your audience.

Richard Strauss

I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.

Richard Strauss

Never let the horns and woodwinds out of your sight; if you can hear them at all, they are too loud.

Richard Strauss

Never look at the trombones. You’ll only encourage them.

Richard Strauss

The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.

Richard Strauss

Thomas Shadwell
Eric Heiden
Simon Conway Morris
Scott Kim