„A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.“

—  Leopold Stokowski, Context: A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence. Addressing an audience at Carnegie Hall, as quoted in The New York Times (11 May 1967); often this is quoted without the humorous final sentence.
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