Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
The music industry can make you feel like a prostitute.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
Comedy is the blues for people who can?t sing.
The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.
I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.
Let silence be the art you practice.
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
I have a genuine love affair with my audience. When I`m on stage they`re not privileged to see me. It`s a privilege for me to see them.
Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
Music with dinner is an insult, both to the cook and the violinist.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters. It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward. Art should always be an exchange.
Singers come and go, but if you're a good actor, you can last a long time