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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1079 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by 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.

Jorge Luis Borges, (autobiographical essay, 1970), in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (276 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.

Unknown, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (927 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.

Christopher Spranger, The Effort to Fall, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (307 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Igor Stravinsky, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (517 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

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

Mark Twain, in Art and Literature and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (462 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Mark Twain, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (474 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Mark Twain, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (342 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.

Mark Twain, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (392 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Paul Valéry, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (349 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

Voltaire, in Art and Literature and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (327 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.

Frank Zappa, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (346 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth.

Pablo Picasso, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (363 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Pablo Picasso, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (267 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Elvis Presley, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (324 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (397 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.

George Bernard Shaw, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1074 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

G. C. Lichtenberg, in Art and Literature and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (887 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Groucho Marx, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (352 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.

Flannery O'Connor, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (356 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Flannery O'Connor, in Art and Literature

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