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Art and Literature

44 aphorisms  ·  14 comments

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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (295 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.

[aphorist] Igor Stravinsky, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (782 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 (386 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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.

[aphorist] George Bernard Shaw, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (916 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

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.

[aphorist] Christopher Spranger, The Effort to Fall, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (347 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 (348 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 (653 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 (353 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 (340 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (355 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 (262 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 (315 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 (1026 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 (883 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 (831 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 (868 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last.

[aphorist] Anton Chekhov, (advice to a novice playwright), in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (923 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

[aphorist] Gilbert K. Chesterton, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (890 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No sane man will dance.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1160 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.

[aphorist] Tom Clancy, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1148 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.

[aphorist] Joseph Conrad, in [category] Art and Literature

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