Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Quote
Do not believe those who try to persuade you that composition is only a cold exercise of the intellect. The only music capable of moving and touching us is that which flows from the depths of a composer's soul when he is stirred by inspiration.
Letter to N. F. von Meck, March 5th (17th), 1878. In: The Life and Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (ed.1906), p. 280