In a dialogue these things are natural enough, for a few words can be hurriedly said aside, but in an aria, where the words must be repeated, it has a bad effect; and even were this not the case, I should prefer an uninterrupted aria.
If I were obliged to marry all those with whom I have jested, I should have at least two hundred wives.
I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.
I never fail to do my very best, and to do so with all my strength. Well, God will make all things right. I have a project in my head, for the success of which I daily pray to God. If it be His almighty will, it must come to pass; but, if not, I am quite contented. I shall then at all events have done my part.
I know myself, and I have such a sense of religion that I shall never do anything which I would not do before the whole world; but I am alarmed even at the very thoughts of being in the society of people, during my journey, whose mode of thinking is so entirely different from mine (and from that of all good people). But of course they must do as they please. I have no heart to travel with them, nor could I enjoy one pleasant hour, nor know what to talk about ; for, in short, I have no great confidence in them. Friends who have no religion cannot be long our friends.
He plays difficult music, but it does not appear to be so; indeed, it seems as if one could easily do the same, and this is real talent.