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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • [The celebrated composer, born at Bonn, of Dutch extraction, Dec. 17, 1770; settled in Vienna, where from 1802 to his death, in March, 1827, he produced the works which attest the sublimity of his genius.]
  • I close my eyes with the blessed consciousness that I have left one shining track upon the earth.

  • His last words. He asked, during his last illness, his friend and pupil, Hummel, “Is it not true that I have some talent, after all?”