Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.
The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.
I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve, and I serve it in all lucidity.
To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.
I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the variety of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.
What gives the artist real prestige is his imitators.
The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.
A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.
What force is more potent than love?
Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.
Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.
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