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George Frideric Handel
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"Milord, I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wished to make them better. "
 
"Whether I was in my body or out of my body as I wrote it I know not. God knows."
- Referring to the Messiah
 
"It's much too good for him; he did not know what to do with it."
- When asked why he borrowed material composed by Bononcini
 
"Should I have had to spend money in order to be like those idiots? Never in this world!"
- On refusing an honorary degree from Oxford (which would have cost him money)
 
"I used to write like the devil in those days"
- On his childhood
 
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