"I wasn't born to be a fighter. I was born with a gentle nature, a flexible character and an organism as equilibrated as it is judged hysterical. I shouldn't have been forced to fight constantly and ferociously. The causes I have fought for have invariably been causes that should have been gained by a delicate suggestion. Since they never were, I made myself into a fighter."
"... laws haven't the slightest interest for me--except in the world of science, in which they are always changing; or in the worldof art, in which they are unchanging; or in the world of Being in which they are, for the most part, unknown."
"I have always suspected that too much knowledge is a dangerous thing. It is a boon to people who don't have deep feelings; their pleasure comes from what they know about things, and their pride from showing off what they know. But this only emphasizes the difference between the artist and the scholar."
"I have always rebelled against the unadorned, the unbefitting, the unawakened, the unresisting, the undesirable, the unplanned, the unshapely, the uncommitted, the unattempted--all leading to the unintended. I believe in the unsubmissive, the unfaltering, the unassailable, the irresistible, the unbelievable--in other words, in an art of life."
"... the ... radio station played a Chopin polonaise. On all the following days news bulletins were prefaced by Chopin--preludes, etudes, waltzes, mazurkas. The war became for me a victory, known in advance, Chopin over Hitler."