Florian Krumpöck, Pianist und Dirigent
"As the air war raged over Britain at the time, then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill, himself a painter and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, was urged to cut cultural spending in favor of the defense budget. His response was "And what are we fighting for then?"."
"The claim that a graduation rate per se reflects the level of knowledge of a population is one of the most serious fallacies of our time. Successful populism is ... the triumph of simplification. A lack of receptivity to complex texts paves the way for black-and-white thinking. Books are cultural assets as much as theaters, opera houses, concert halls, museums, galleries, etc. They do not serve to amuse and distract well-behaved consumers and voters."
"Why must culture now share a niche and recreational existence with sports?"