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.
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?
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
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.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.
When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.
Play it fuckin' loud!
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.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
Artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
The music industry can make you feel like a prostitute.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.