Art and Literature
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Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
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.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last.
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.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.
Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
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.
A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.