"It must be a sign of talent that I do not give up, though I can get nobody to take interest in my efforts."

Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn (1805 - 1847)

 

"As regards changes given, may I say with all the emphasis at my command, that but for possessing three things that have nothing to do with musical genius: (1) an iron constitution, (2) a fair share of fighting spirit, and (3), most important of all, a small but independent income, loneliness and discouragement would have vanquished me years ago.”