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Art and Literature

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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (392 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 (1351 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Let's have some new clichés.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (353 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 (1040 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 (884 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 (839 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In a painting I want to say something comforting.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1046 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 (413 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 (306 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 (806 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is anything you can get away with.

[aphorist] Terence Trent D'Arby, 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 (902 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No sane man will dance.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1176 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 (1178 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 (871 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 (871 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Picasso is a communist. Neither am I.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1060 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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (874 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 (931 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 (1041 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

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