And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
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.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.
When you were young, and your heart, was an open book. You used to say, live and let live.
Music can change the world because it can change people.
Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
Let silence be the art you practice.
Play it fuckin' loud!
Music should be something that makes you gotta move, inside or outside
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?
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.