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.
The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Music with dinner is an insult, both to the cook and the violinist.
A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.
I love rock-n-roll. I think it's an exciting art form. It's revolutionary. Still revolutionary and it changed people. It changed their hearts. But yeah, even rock-n-roll has a lot of rubbish, really bad music.
Music should be something that makes you gotta move, inside or outside
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
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.
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?
We're not trying to change the world; just music.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
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.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
Play it fuckin' loud!
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.