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.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
One thing that really appeals to me is this idea of music being a living thing that has an evolution that, in a way, enables the artist to sell a process rather than a piece of product.
Comedy is the blues for people who can?t sing.
Let silence be the art you practice.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
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.
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
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?
Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...
Being a celebrity has taught me to hide, but being an actor has opened my soul.
Music with dinner is an insult, both to the cook and the violinist.
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.