Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Once you become predictable, no one's interested anymore.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
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.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.