Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
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.
To play without passion is inexcusable!
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
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.
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.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
Music with dinner is an insult, both to the cook and the violinist.
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 melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.
The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...
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 can change the world because it can change people.
It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
Let silence be the art you practice.