You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
To play without passion is inexcusable!
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.
Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
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.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
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.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
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.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Singers come and go, but if you're a good actor, you can last a long time
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
Artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.