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.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
Comedy is the blues for people who can?t sing.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.
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 love rock-n-roll. I think it's an exciting art form. It's revolutionary. Still revolutionary and it changed people. It changed their hearts. But yeah, even rock-n-roll has a lot of rubbish, really bad music.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
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.
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
To play without passion is inexcusable!
We're not trying to change the world; just music.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
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.
And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.
I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.
Let silence be the art you practice.
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.