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Art and Literature

44 aphorisms  ·  14 comments

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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 (302 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 (1031 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 (896 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No sane man will dance.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (1165 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 (1164 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 (3019 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (854 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 (589 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 (356 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 (1036 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 (873 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 (925 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 (1070 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 (506 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody has read.

[aphorist] Mark Twain, in [category] Art and Literature and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (459 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

[aphorist] Mark Twain, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (470 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.

[aphorist] Mark Twain, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (338 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Just the omission of Jane Austen's books alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.

[aphorist] Mark Twain, in [category] Art and Literature

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