Today's Beautiful Gem: `Mozart or Beethoven' by Henri Frederic Amiel.

"Which is the greater, Mozart or Beethoven? Idle question!
The one is more perfect, the other is more collosal.
The first gives you the perfect art, beauty at first sight.
The second gives you sublimity, terror, pity, a beauty of second
The one gives that for which the other rouses a desire.
Mozart has the classic purity of light and the blue ocean;
Beethoven the romantic grandeur which belongs to the storms of
air and sea,
and while the soul of Mozart seems to dwell on the ethereal peaks
of Olympus,
that of Beethoven climbs shuddering the storm-beaten sides of a Sinai.
Blessed be they both!
Each represents a moment of the ideal life, each does us good.
Our love is due to both."

om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao