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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 (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

Comment#  ·   Fair (702 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

P. J. O'Rourke, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·   Fair (358 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Luciano Pavarotti, in Art and Literature and Wisdom and Ignorance

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 (841 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Some editors are failed writers, but then, so are most writers.

T. S. Eliot, in Art and Literature

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 (881 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last.

Anton Chekhov, (advice to a novice playwright), in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·   Fair (944 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

Gilbert K. Chesterton, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·   Fair (309 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

John Keats, in Art and Literature

Comment#  ·   Fair (1078 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 (1047 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by 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.

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

Comment#  ·   Fair (1073 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Erwin van Moll

There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.

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

Comment#  ·   Fair (3066 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Comment#  ·   Fair (866 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

Samuel Johnson, in Art and Literature and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (651 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.

Samuel Johnson, in Art and Literature

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