Don't be too dismissive of children. While it's true that few children are artists, all artists are children.
Arguably, no artist grows up: If he sheds the perceptions of childhood, he ceases being an artist.
If music could be translated into human speech, it would no longer need to exist.
The beautiful are shyer than the ugly, for they move in a world that does not ask for beauty.
It's not evil that's ruining the earth, but mediocrity. The crime is not that Nero played while Rome burned, but that he played badly.
Nothing is a waste that makes a memory.
The art of translation lies less in knowing the other language than in knowing your own.
Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced.
Divine fires do not blaze each day but an artist functions in their afterglow, hoping for their recurrence.
composition is notation of distortion of what composers think they've heard before. Masterpieces are marvelous misquotations.
To see itself through, music must have idea or magic. ... Music with neither dies young though rich.
To start writing about your life is, from one standpoint, to stop living it. You must avoid adventures today so as to make time for registering those of yesterday.
Artists, by definition innocent, don't steal. But they do borrow without giving back.
Art means to dare - and to have been right.
The same piece of music alters at each hearing. But oh, the need to repeat and repeat and repeat unchanged the sexual experience.
An artist doesn't necessarily have deeper feelings than other people, but he can express these feelings. He is like everyone else-only more so! He speaks with a Formal Sigh.
So far as musical pedagogy is concerned -
And by extension of musical creation -
Nadia Boulanger is the most influential person who ever lived
There are no fascinating people, only their works are fascinating.
The Great don't innovate, they fertilize seeds planted by lackeys, they leave to others the inhaling of the flowers whose roots they've manured. A deceptive memory may be the key to their originality.
Greatness is not the effect of which inspiration is the cause. We are all inspired, but we are all not great.
Bel canto is to opera what pole-vaulting is to ballet.
Art's the biggest vanity: the assumption that one's view of peace or fright or beauty is permanently communicable.
Sooner or later you've heard all your best friends have to say. Then comes the tolerance of real love.
Quarrels in France strengthen a love affair, in America they end it.
Love is a mystery which, when solved, evaporates. The same holds for music.
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