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.
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.
The art of translation lies less in knowing the other language than in knowing your own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing is a waste that makes a memory.
The beautiful are shyer than the ugly, for they move in a world that does not ask for beauty.
To see itself through, music must have idea or magic. ... Music with neither dies young though rich.
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.
If a composer could state in words what being a composer means, he would no longer need to be a composer.
Greatness is not the effect of which inspiration is the cause. We are all inspired, but we are all not great.
Why, after all, must everyone like music? That they are missing something is just the lover's opinion.
Perfection is no more a requisite to art than to heroes. Frigidaires are perfect. Beauty limps. My frigidaire has had to be replaced.
Art's the biggest vanity: the assumption that one's view of peace or fright or beauty is permanently communicable.
In music the present is extended.
Humor is the ability to see three sides to one coin.
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.
Bel canto is to opera what pole-vaulting is to ballet.
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