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Art and Literature

44 aphorisms  ·  14 comments

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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (981 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 (2970 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (846 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.

[aphorist] Samuel Johnson, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (545 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (349 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

[aphorist] Samuel Johnson, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (293 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it better not come at all.

[aphorist] John Keats, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (828 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In a painting I want to say something comforting.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1288 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Let's have some new clichés.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (272 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 (356 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.

[aphorist] Gilbert Highet, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1026 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

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.

[aphorist] E. W. Howe, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Love and Hate

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (780 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 (855 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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.

[aphorist] Salvador Dalí, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (856 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Picasso is a communist. Neither am I.

[aphorist] Salvador Dalí, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (796 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is anything you can get away with.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (823 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 (1126 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (872 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No sane man will dance.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1140 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

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

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