Working hard for music

“Now we know that you are gifted, very gifted, but you must work very hard, because someone who is gifted has to work harder than someone who is not, and you will see how boring it is to work hard at music.”

Ravel to Manuel Rosenthal after a concert.

Cited in: Nichols, Roger (1987) Ravel Remembered. London: Faber and Faber, p.67.