Poets and heroes are of the same race, the latter do what the former conceive.
Intellectual passion drives out sensuality.
And I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinking.
The spoken form is in fact a very restrained representation of what is possible in the musical language.
A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.
Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane.
Real popular culture is folk art - coalminers' songs and so forth.
Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.
Critics are the men who have failed in literature and art.
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.
Being a celebrity has taught me to hide, but being an actor has opened my soul.
Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.
Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
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.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.
Music can change the world because it can change people.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.