Igor Stravinsky Quotes

In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?

A good composer does not imitate; he steals.

I remember being handed a score composed by Mozart at the age of eleven. What could I say? I felt like de Kooning, who was asked to comment on a certain abstract painting, and answered in the negative. He was then told it was the work of a celebrated monkey. ‘That’s different. For a monkey, […]

Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.

Even when I do not feel like work, I sit down to it just the same. I cannot wait for inspiration, and inspiration at best is a force brought into action by effort.