Ludwig van Beethoven — German Composer born on December 17, 1770, died on March 26, 1827

Ludwig van Beethoven (i/ˈlʊdvɪɡ væn ˈbeɪˌtoʊvən/; German: ( listen); baptised 17 December 1770 – 26 March 1827) was a German composer. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 piano concertos, 1 violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, 16 string quartets, his great Mass the Missa solemnis and an opera, Fidelio... (wikipedia)

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble.
Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.
I will seize fate by the throat; it shall certainly never wholly overcome me.
What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven.