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Art and Literature

44 aphorisms  ·  14 comments

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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 (1332 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Let's have some new clichés.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (335 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 (400 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 (831 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 (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 (837 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In a painting I want to say something comforting.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (383 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

[aphorist] Paul Valéry, 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 (322 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.

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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (388 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 (916 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 (295 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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

[aphorist] Igor Stravinsky, 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

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (872 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

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