"Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not." -Oscar Wilde
"As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note."
-Bizet, letter to Edmond Galabert, 1866
"When I wrote an ineffectual line such as 'I was looking for a job/ And then I found a job/And Heaven knows I'm miserable now', that outraged people (which pleased me)." -Morrissey
"The artist must yield himself to his own inspiration... I should compose with utter confidence a subject that set my musical blood going, even though it were condemned by all other artists as anti-musical."
-Giuseppe Verdi, letter, 1854
"Whatever my passions demand of me, I become for the time being -- musician, poet, director, author, lecturer or anything else."
-Wagner, letter to Liszt
"In America sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it is a fact."
"We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself."
-Louis Armstrong, 1956, on Jazz
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