Michel Legrand quotes

  • "The more I live, the more I learn The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know"
    -- Michel Legrand

    #Education #Realizing

  • Like a circle in a spiral Like a wheel within a wheel Never ending or beginning On an ever-spinning reel As the images unwind Like the circles that you find In the windmills of your mind.
    -- Michel Legrand

    #Song #Circles #Mind

  • To play piano is a significant part of my life, my existence. It fulfills a very physical & spiritual need for me.
    -- Michel Legrand

    #Music #Spiritual #Play

  • I have a very strange melodic gift: melodies come to me effortlessly.
    -- Michel Legrand

    #Strange #Melody

  • Here is how I work: when I think that a film needs to have a principal theme, I search for a melody.
    -- Michel Legrand

    #Thinking #Needs #Film

  • I would listen to something on the radio and try to tap out the melody, then the harmonies.
    -- Michel Legrand

    #Trying #Radio #Harmony

  • My father had left behind an old piano. My sister was already going to school, my mother was out working, and I stayed at home alone with my adorable grandmother who understood nothing I said. It was so boring that I stayed at the piano all day long, and that saved my life.
    -- Michel Legrand

    #Mother #Father #Home

  • So I write melodies - thirty, forty, fifty - then I cast them off until I have just two or three. If only one is needed, I go see the director and ask him to decide.
    -- Michel Legrand

    #Writing #Two #Three

  • I insist on a Steinway for my recordings, my concerts and my home. It is the only piano I want to hear my music played on.
    -- Michel Legrand

    #Home #Piano #Want

  • In universities and intellectual circles, academics can guarantee themselves popularity -- or, which is just as satisfying, unpopularity -- by being opinionated rather than by being learned.

  • The mark of an educated man is the ability to make a reasoned guess on the basis of insufficient information.

  • Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.

  • If an ignorant person is attracted by the things of the world, that is bad. But if a learned person is thus attracted, it is worse.

  • I don't want to send them to jail. I want to send them to school.

  • But it would be absolutely mistaken to regard a wealth of theoretical knowledge as characteristic proof for the qualities and abilities of a leader.

  • You’ve got mountains of your own, I’ll bet on it. Take heart. Be encouraged. Remain steadfast. Hang on for dear life. You’ve got a better grip than you realize.

  • The older I get, the less I care about what’s cool. I realize I’m old and weird.

  • Inspiration is there all the time. For everyone whose mind is not clouded over with thoughts whether they realize it or not.

  • It is the artist who realizes that there is a supreme force above him and works gladly away as a small apprentice under God's heaven.