Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.
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?
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
I think another thing is that we don't really want exclusivity. We accept that it is in the artist's interest to be on sale in every place where they sell music.
Music can change the world because it can change people.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
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.
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.
The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
Play it fuckin' loud!