"Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Stephen Sondheim on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Stephen Sondheim on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Stephen Sondheim on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Stephen Sondheim on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Stephen Sondheim on Oscar Wilde
"All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That's what makes theatre live. That's why it persists."
"I'm interested in the theater because I'm interested in communication with audiences. Otherwise I would be in concert music."
"Musicals are, by nature, theatrical, meaning poetic, meaning having to move the audience's imagination and create a suspension of disbelief, by which I mean there's no fourth wall."
"In the Rodgers and Hammerstein generation, popular hits came out of shows and movies."
"One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics sort of fade into the background. They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music."