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, in the end The love you take is equal to the love you make.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
Once you become predictable, no one's interested anymore.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
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?
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Nature scarcely ever gives us the very best; for that we must have recourse to art.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
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.
Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.
Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.
It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
Singers come and go, but if you're a good actor, you can last a long time
I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.
The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.