The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
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.
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.
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.
When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.
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.
Comedy is the blues for people who can?t sing.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
Music should be something that makes you gotta move, inside or outside
Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
Once you become predictable, no one's interested anymore.
Play it fuckin' loud!
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
Singers come and go, but if you're a good actor, you can last a long time