Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the greatest composers who ever lived, was born on this day 260 years ago.

He didn't simply write music we still love centuries later. He also had a way with words, as you can see from the quotes we've compiled above. 

For more of what makes Mozart amazing, check out CPR Classical's favorite pieces and recordings of his music. Or listen to CPR Classical today as we share many more of his compositions.

For more thoughts, here's Charley Samson on the enduring (and supernatural?) power of Mozart: 

Audio: Charley Samson on Mozart's superhuman talent

And here's some exclusive Mozart from the CPR Performance Studio, courtesy of the Dover String Quartet

The Dover Quartet performs Mozart's String Quartet No. 20 in G major, third movement, in the CPR Performance Studio. Recorded Dec. 3, 2014.