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Art and Literature

44 aphorisms  ·  15 comments

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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 (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 (412 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 (834 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 (806 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Art is anything you can get away with.

[aphorist] Terence Trent D'Arby, 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 (1072 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 (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 (324 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.

[aphorist] François-Auguste Rodin, (on how he created his statues), in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (347 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 (3030 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (859 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 (602 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 (364 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 (267 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.

[aphorist] Elvis Presley, in [category] Art and Literature

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (838 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In a painting I want to say something comforting.

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

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