I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.
Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
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.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
It's so sweet, I feel like my teeth are rotting when I listen to the radio.
Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Once you become predictable, no one's interested anymore.
The music industry can make you feel like a prostitute.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.
We're not trying to change the world; just music.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.
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 only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...
We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
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.