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?
Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.
Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.
Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Play it fuckin' loud!
And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.
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 earth has music for those who listen.
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.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
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.
To play without passion is inexcusable!
Music can change the world because it can change people.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.