The effort is better than rest

“Writing music is seventy-five per cent an intellectual activity.  This effort is often more pleasant for me than having a rest.”

Conversation with Ravel, recalled by Robert de Fragny, Echo liberté, 7 November 1950.

Cited in: Nichols, Roger (1987) Ravel Remembered.  London: Faber & Faber., p. 61.