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Art and Literature

44 aphorisms  ·  14 comments

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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (936 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by [user] Erwin van Moll

Any time something is written against me, I not only share the sentiment but feel I could do the job far better myself. Perhaps I should advise would-be enemies to send me their grievances beforehand, with full assurance that they will receive my every aid and support. I have even secretly longed to write, under a pen name, a merciless tirade against myself.

[aphorist] Jorge Luis Borges, (autobiographical essay, 1970), in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (134 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is a deliberate recreation of a new and special reality that grows from your response to life. It cannot be copied; it must be created.

[aphorist] Unknown, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (237 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There are some experiences in life which should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.

[aphorist] George Bernard Shaw, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (769 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

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.

[aphorist] Christopher Spranger, The Effort to Fall, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (176 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.

[aphorist] Igor Stravinsky, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (294 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody has read.

[aphorist] Mark Twain, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (290 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

[aphorist] Mark Twain, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (293 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.

[aphorist] Mark Twain, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (203 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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.

[aphorist] Mark Twain, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (248 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.

[aphorist] Paul Valéry, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (171 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

[aphorist] Voltaire, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (170 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (204 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 (206 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 (403 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 (198 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 (200 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (188 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 (179 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.

[aphorist] Elvis Presley, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (192 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.

[aphorist] François-Auguste Rodin, (on how he created his statues), in [category] Art and Literature

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