"Songs wont save the planet, but neither will books or speeches. Songs are sneaky things; they can slip across borders."
"Throughout my life I have cared as deeply about the songs of all peoples as I have about the rights of all peoples."
"When we're free to love anyone we choose, when this world's big enough for all different views...then we shall be free."
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
"I didn't really start writing music or lyrics or turning them into songs until I went to San Francisco."
"Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums, like paintings and statues. The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg: I have it in my pocket."
"When we write, we complement each other. We wrote six songs, Barry and I, while Robin was ill during the American tour, and they were terrible until Robin came back, and then everything worked out."
"I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music."
"For me it always comes down to what is a good song and I'm very old fashioned in the way that I like to make songs that have something classic about them whether you can play them with an orchestra or an electro synthesizer or an acoustic guitar."
"The fate of the singers who, like my songs, went up in flame was also the fate of the books which I later wrote. All of them went up in flame to Heaven in a fire which broke out one night at my home in Bad Homburg as I lay ill in a hospital."