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Art and Literature

44 aphorisms  ·  14 comments

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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (160 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.

[aphorist] Frank Zappa, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (181 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth.

[aphorist] Pablo Picasso, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (167 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.

[aphorist] Pablo Picasso, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (190 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.

[aphorist] Flannery O'Connor, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (194 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

[aphorist] Flannery O'Connor, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (384 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

[aphorist] P. J. O'Rourke, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (181 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.

[aphorist] Luciano Pavarotti, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (733 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I didn't like the play. But I saw it under unfavorable circumstances -- the curtains were up.

[aphorist] Groucho Marx, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (715 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.

[aphorist] G. C. Lichtenberg, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (2765 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (695 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.

[aphorist] Samuel Johnson, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (258 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.

[aphorist] Samuel Johnson, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (219 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

[aphorist] Samuel Johnson, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (178 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it better not come at all.

[aphorist] John Keats, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (885 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by [user] Erwin van Moll

Mir Bahadur Ali is, as we have seen, incapable of evading the most vulgar of art's temptations: that of being a genius.

[aphorist] Jorge Luis Borges, "The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim", in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (930 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by [user] Erwin van Moll

There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.

[aphorist] Jorge Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote", in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (896 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Love affairs have always greatly interested me, but I do not greatly care for them in books or moving pictures. In a love affair, I wish to be the hero, with no audience present.

[aphorist] E. W. Howe, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Love and Hate

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (721 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In a painting I want to say something comforting.

[aphorist] Vincent van Gogh, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1106 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Let's have some new clichés.

[aphorist] Samuel Goldwyn, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (151 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world.

[aphorist] Edmond Jules Goncourt, in [category] Art and Literature

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