We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
We're not trying to change the world; just music.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
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.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
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.
To play without passion is inexcusable!
Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.
Artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
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?
Once you become predictable, no one's interested anymore.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.