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.
A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
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.
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.
Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
A man is a critic when he cannot be an artist, in the same way that a man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
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.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.