Music can change the world because it can change people.
Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
I think another thing is that we don't really want exclusivity. We accept that it is in the artist's interest to be on sale in every place where they sell music.
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?
Artistic temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs.
And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.
Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.
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 is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.
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.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Art is never finished, only abandoned.
I'm very happy to hear that my work inspires writers and painters. It's the most beautiful compliment, the greatest reward. Art should always be an exchange.