Gruff but Likeable

In his private life Brahms was considered by his friends as an egotist. He had an extremely lofty opinion of himself and his talents. He was noted for his humility. Along with this quality, Brahms was not known for his pungent sense of humor. While his closest friend could accept his biting jokes, others found him difficult to warm up to. Brahms was an inveterate stay-at-home. Cambridge University conferred an honorary degree upon him, but he was adamant about staying at home and did not go to receive the honor. Despite the ardent romantic nature of his music, Brahms never found the girl and remained single throughout his life.

  • gruff – abrupt or taciturn in manner.
  • taciturn – pendiam
  • egotist- a person who is excessively conceited or self-absorbed; self-seeker.
  • lofty- of imposing height.
  • pungent- having a sharply strong taste or smell.
  • inveterate – having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change.
  • adamant – refusing to be persuaded or to change one’s mind.
  • ardent – enthusiastic or passionate.



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