Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
Play it fuckin' loud!
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Being a celebrity has taught me to hide, but being an actor has opened my soul.
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.
When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
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.
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.