"After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. It creates for one a past of which one has been ignorant, and fills one with a sense of sorrows that have been hidden from one’s tears. I can fancy a man who had led a perfectly commonplace life, hearing by chance some curious piece of music, and suddenly discovering that his soul, without his being conscious of it, had passed through terrible experiences, and known fearful joys, or wild romantic loves, or great renunciations."
Jeder Satz oder Absatz in The critic as artist könnte als Einzelaphorismus, Lehrsatz, Motto oder Denkanstoß dienen. Trotzdem fällt es manchmal schwer, Gilbert zu folgen, er springt von Bergspitze zu Bergspitze, ohne die Täler dazwischen zu überwinden.
Wilde ist alles zu verzeihen. Amen.