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.
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.
Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time
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?
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
Music with dinner is an insult, both to the cook and the violinist.
Singers come and go, but if you're a good actor, you can last a long time
Being a celebrity has taught me to hide, but being an actor has opened my soul.
Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.
The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...
Artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.