21. January 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Quotes

You are requesting that I take the young Salzburger into your service. I don’t know nor do I believe that you would need a composer or useless people. If that would give you pleasure, I don’t want to keep you from it. What I am saying is to prevent you from being burdened with useless people and give titles to them. Having people like that in your service degrades such service, when they are going around the world like beggars.

Empress Maria Theresa, Germany (In response to her son’s, the Archduke Ferdinand, request for advice on offering Mozart a position at the court of Milan.)
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