A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.
Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words.
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
Now begins a torrent of words and a trickling of sense.
People often complain that music is too ambiguous, that what they should think when they hear it is so unclear, whereas everyone understands words. With me, it is exactly the opposite, and not only with regard to an entire speech but also with individual words.
I would say that music is the easiest means in which to express, but since words are my talent, I must try to express clumsily in words what the pure music would have done better.
These seem to me so ambiguous, so vague, so easily misunderstood in comparison to genuine music, which fills the soul with a thousand things better than words.
Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
When I'm on tour, I'm in a new city every single night, and the energy and the crowds and the kids and the screaming and them knowing every single word of my music and being onstage is such an energetic feeling with a big payoff.
A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.
Metaphors are dangerous. Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
Where words fail, music speaks.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.
In its beginnings, music was merely chamber music, meant to be listened to in a small space by a small audience.
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
Words will not fail when the matter is well considered.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me.
Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.
It was a really interesting time in New York in the late 70s and early 80s, and the music scene was really, really interesting because you didn't have to be a virtuoso to make music, it was more about your desire to express things.
I loved music, and in my ninth year at MIT, I decided to buy a hi-fi set. I figured that all I needed to do was look at the specifications. So I bought what looked like the best one, turned it on, and turned it off in five minutes, the sound was so poor.
Music is an extraordinary vehicle for expressing emotion - very powerful emotions. That's what draws millions of people towards it. And, um, I found myself always going for these darker places and - people identify with that.
Not everything has a name. Some things lead us into a realm beyond words.