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.
Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
Artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.
The earth has music for those who listen.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
The music industry can make you feel like a prostitute.
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 was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Music can change the world because it can change people.