“Prince, you are what you are through the accident of birth; what I am, I am through myself. There…”

“Prince, you are what you are through the accident of birth; what I am, I am through myself. There have been and will be thousands of princes; there is only one Beethoven.”

Ludwig van Beethoven, in a letter to Prince Karl Lichnowsky from 1806 (via willkommen-in-germany)