The music industry can make you feel like a prostitute.
The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
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.
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
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.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.
Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.
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.
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
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.
Comedy is the blues for people who can?t sing.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.