Art and Literature
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I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.
If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody has read.
If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it better not come at all.
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.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.
Mir Bahadur Ali is, as we have seen, incapable of evading the most vulgar of art's temptations: that of being a genius.
The writer, making every effort to appear innocent and noble, takes his revenge with the pen; while the murderer, less hypocrtical, takes it with the sword.