Art and Literature
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I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.
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.
Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
A painting in a museum probably hears more foolish remarks than anything else in the world.
A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
I didn't like the play. But I saw it under unfavorable circumstances -- the curtains were up.
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.
If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it better not come at all.