Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.
We're not trying to change the world; just music.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
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?
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.
And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.
Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.