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Art and Literature

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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1071 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 (272 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 (323 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.

[aphorist] Frank Zappa, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (351 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 (354 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 (341 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

[aphorist] Voltaire, 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 (1174 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 (870 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 (869 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Picasso is a communist. Neither am I.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (805 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is anything you can get away with.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (410 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 (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

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 (898 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No sane man will dance.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1174 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 (305 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 (1038 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

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