"Music is the mediator between intellectual and sensuous life. The one spiritual entrance into the higher world."
--Ludwig van Beethoven
"People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts."
"The modern day composer refuses to die."
"Think NOTHING. Wait until it is absolutely still within you. When you have attained this, Begin to play. As soon as you start to think, STOP. And try to retain the state of NON-THINKING. Then continue playing.
"It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of 'culture.'"
"I don't choose what I compose. It chooses me."
"Music is the shorthand of emotion. Emotions which let themselves be described in words with such difficulty are directly conveyed to man in music, and in that is its power and significance."
"Improvisation is not the expression of accident but rather of the accumulated yearnings, dreams, and wisdom of our very soul."
"Music is the answer to the mystery of life. The most profound of all the arts. It expresses the deepest thoughts of life."
"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence."
"An artist has a duty...to silence."
"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music."
"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
"To be aware of the resonance that exists all around us and give it an avenue of human expression is the purpose behind our music."
"We are not creators of the music. We are conduits for the music. We tune our hearts and ears to silence. Then we listen and play what we hear. The music is a soundtrack for life."