Art and Literature
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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.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
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.
Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.
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.
I didn't like the play. But I saw it under unfavorable circumstances -- the curtains were up.
If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it better not come at all.
Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
Love affairs have always greatly interested me, but I do not greatly care for them in books or moving pictures. In a love affair, I wish to be the hero, with no audience present.