I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.
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?
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
The absence of limitations is the enemy of art.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.
We're not trying to change the world; just music.
Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
Being a celebrity has taught me to hide, but being an actor has opened my soul.
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.
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.