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Art and Literature

44 aphorisms  ·  14 comments

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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1292 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Let's have some new clichés.

[aphorist] Samuel Goldwyn, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (305 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.

[aphorist] François-Auguste Rodin, (on how he created his statues), in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (286 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world.

[aphorist] Edmond Jules Goncourt, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (256 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.

[aphorist] Elvis Presley, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (346 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

[aphorist] Luciano Pavarotti, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (331 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth.

[aphorist] Pablo Picasso, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (345 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.

[aphorist] Pablo Picasso, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1067 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by [user] Erwin van Moll

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.

[aphorist] Jorge Luis Borges, (autobiographical essay, 1970), in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (262 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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.

[aphorist] Unknown, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (831 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In a painting I want to say something comforting.

[aphorist] Vincent van Gogh, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1001 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.

[aphorist] G. C. Lichtenberg, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (881 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I didn't like the play. But I saw it under unfavorable circumstances -- the curtains were up.

[aphorist] Groucho Marx, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (341 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.

[aphorist] Flannery O'Connor, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (345 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.

[aphorist] Flannery O'Connor, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (626 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

[aphorist] P. J. O'Rourke, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (781 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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.

[aphorist] Gustave Flaubert, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (798 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is anything you can get away with.

[aphorist] Terence Trent D'Arby, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (824 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

[aphorist] T. S. Eliot, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1034 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by [user] 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.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1048 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by [user] Erwin van Moll

There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.

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

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