From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
Beethoven, whatever else you might say about him, was not about to be ignored. What other composer, before or since, can match the following? “He who knows how to listen to my music will be freed from the troubles that plague others.” For everyone who wrote him off as supremely arrogant there were others who hung on every sfotzando he ever wrote. That character trait explains why, on a walk, say, in the fashionable parks of Vienna he had the advantage - if that's the word I want - of walking right through the midst of any of the aristocracy he happened to encounter. His unapologetic attitude was, they are nobility by virtue of their birth: he was nobility by virtue of his innate genius.