Art and Literature
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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.
I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.
It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
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.
Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last.
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.
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.