Art and Literature
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A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody has read.
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.
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.
Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
Mir Bahadur Ali is, as we have seen, incapable of evading the most vulgar of art's temptations: that of being a genius.
There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world.
I didn't like the play. But I saw it under unfavorable circumstances -- the curtains were up.
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.
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.