The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
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?
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
One thing that really appeals to me is this idea of music being a living thing that has an evolution that, in a way, enables the artist to sell a process rather than a piece of product.
Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.
Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
To play without passion is inexcusable!
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
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 have a genuine love affair with my audience. When I`m on stage they`re not privileged to see me. It`s a privilege for me to see them.