I have an enormous desire to practice a little artistic terrorism  

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"I have an enormous desire to practice a little artistic terrorism" is a dictum by German composer Richard Wagner.

The dictum was uttered in a letter of June 5, 1849 to Franz Liszt, one of Wagner's few influential allies at the time. The fuller excerpt reads:

"I must make people afraid of me. Well, I have no money, but what I do have is an enormous desire to commit acts of artistic terrorism."

Original German:

"Nun denn, Geld habe ich nicht, aber ungeheuer viel Lust, etwas künstlerischen Terrorismus auszuüben."


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