The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time.
Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
To play without passion is inexcusable!
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.
The music industry can make you feel like a prostitute.
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.
The true art of memory is the art of attention.
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.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
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.
Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
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?
Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time
Being a celebrity has taught me to hide, but being an actor has opened my soul.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
We're not trying to change the world; just music.
I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland.
Play it fuckin' loud!