“Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do.”
"If you think that something small cannot make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room."
“Resist the temptation to try to use dazzling style to conceal weakness of substance.”
"If you hit a wrong note, then make it right by what you play afterwards."
"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."
“Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end."
“The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector.”
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
"Play the music, not the instrument."
"A gold medal is a wonderful thing, but if you're not enough without it, you'll never be enough with it."