"God break me out of this stiff life I've made."
"Women are not in love with me but with the picture of me on the screen. I am merely the canvas on which women paint their dreams."
"The loneliest ebb of my life came on that Christmas eve, only one day after my arrival in New York. The abyss of loneliness. I ate a solitary dinner in a small cafe, and the very food tasted bitter with my unshed tears. One doesn't dare cry in America. It is unmanly here."
"I could have taken the easy life and just done classical, but I felt very strongly about the album, my first pop album, the first time that I'd fused so many influences. I was very proud when it was in the charts in 25 countries at once."
"I started skiing around the same time as I began playing the piano, at around four, before moving to the violin at five."
"The hen that you are, how will you know what deceptive ways Grace will descend. It is Grace that brought you here and it is Grace that will deliver: I prefer the hen that looks up to the sky than an eagle that flies but always looking down. How high is not the question, but how intense is your longing for the sky. May you always be in Grace."
"You cannot choose a Guru. Deepen your longing and the Guru will choose you."
"How can you become old in spirit? Only by carrying the past, isn't it? If you carry sixty years of burden with you, you're sixty years old. If you don't carry anything, you're like a newborn. The physical body may develop limitations, but the way you are has no limitations. It simply has no limitations. You are this many years old or that many years old simply because you carry that many years of garbage with you."
"I am not interested in sending people to heaven. I am interested in making people in such a way that, even if they go to hell, nobody can make them suffer. That's freedom, isn't it? "I want to go to heaven, I want to go to heaven," is a huge bondage. Suppose you land in the wrong place. Suppose someone hijacked your airplane on the way to heaven. He didn't crash it; he just landed it in the wrong place. You're finished, aren't you? You're always living with something that can be taken away from you by somebody or something. True liberation is when nobody can take away anything from you."
"What does it mean to become a Buddha? “Bu” means “Buddhi,” the intellect. One who is above his intellect is a Buddha."
"Yogis are not against pleasure. It is just that they are unwilling to settle for little pleasures. They are greedy."
"A materialistic person is ruthless with other people but kind to himself. A spiritual person is ruthless with himself but kind to everybody else."
"Don't uncork what you can't contain."
"Wrestling is ballet with violence."
"You may have the universe if I may have Italy."
"Even Michelangelo got paid for doing the Sistine Chapel. To those artists who say they're doing it for the love of art, I say: Get real."
"For me, the summer will be pure gray - mother-of-pearl gray, very pale gray. To me, this is the big statement for summer. Then we have light blue, light turquoise, lots of pink."
"Almost nothing need be said when you have eyes."
"Love shows itself more in adversity than in prosperity; as light does, which shines most where the place is darkest."
"A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light."