“Where other people keep diaries in which they record their momentary feelings, etc, Schubert simply kept sheets of music by him and confided his changing moods to them; and his soul being steeped in music, he put down notes when another man would resort to words.”

– Robert Schumann, German, composer (Photograph of Robert Schumann and his wife, Clara, a celebrated pianist, Daguerreotype, 1850.)

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Origin: composer Robert Schumann writing about Schubert, his fellow composer, in a letter to to Friedrich Wieck, 1829; quoted in Gal, The Musician’s World (1965).