Art and Literature
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Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
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.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody has read.
I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.
There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
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.
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.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
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.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.