Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
Singers come and go, but if you're a good actor, you can last a long time
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
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...
Comedy is the blues for people who can?t sing.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
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.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.