Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
Artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
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.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
The earth has music for those who listen.
The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
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.
The music industry can make you feel like a prostitute.
We're not trying to change the world; just music.