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Art and Literature

44 aphorisms  ·  14 comments

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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (450 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (463 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 (331 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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (373 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.

[aphorist] Paul Valéry, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (495 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 (798 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is anything you can get away with.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (824 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 (1034 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 (1048 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 (381 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 (911 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 (290 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

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

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 (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 (556 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 (1028 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 (2990 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (341 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 (345 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

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