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" A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn. "
" Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art. "
" Some people wish above all to conform to the rules, I wish only to render what I can hear. There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law. "
" I wish to sing of my interior visions with the naive candour of a child. "
" Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light. "
" The century of airplanes has a right to its own music. "
" Beauty must appeal to the senses, must provide us with immediate enjoyment, must impress us or insinuate itself into us without any effort on our part. "
" The attraction of the virtuoso for the public is very like that of the circus for the crowd. There is always the hope that something dangerous will happen. "
" Art is the most beautiful deception of all. And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory. "
" Extreme complication is contrary to art. "
" First of all, ladies and gentlemen, you must forget that you are singers. "
" People come to music to seek oblivion: is that not also a form of deception? "
" Art is the most beautiful of all lies. "
" How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling. "
" There is nothing is more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little - the book of Nature. "
" In opera, there is always too much singing. "
" I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. "
" Music is the silence between the notes. "