Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
An artist's duty is rather to stay open-minded and in a state where he can receive information and inspiration. You always have to be ready for that little artistic Epiphany.
When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...
Each song is a child I nourish and give my love to. But even if you have never written a song, your life is a song. How can it not be?
Once you become predictable, no one's interested anymore.
I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.
To play without passion is inexcusable!
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
Comedy is the blues for people who can?t sing.
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It's like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song.
Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.