You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow. (Oscar trying to talk his way out of a speeding ticket)
A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
I just like the company of beautiful women. I have a weakness in that department.
Is there a meaning to music? Yes. Can you state in so many words what the meaning is? No.
The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking "Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be, "Yes", And "Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?" My answer to that would be "No."
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.
There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.
Where words leave off, music begins.
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.
Music must never offend the ear, but must please the listener, or, in other words, must never cease to be music.
Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories.
Music gives a soul to the universe.
Man, there's no boundary line to art!
Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful.
That's what music is: entertainment. The more you put yourself into it, the more of you comes out in it.
Music can change the world.
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
Your talking to someone who really understands rock music.
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom.
Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music.
I've outdone anyone you can name - Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss. Irving Berlin, he wrote 1,001 tunes. I wrote 5,500.
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