Art and Literature
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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.
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.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
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.
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.
There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.
Mir Bahadur Ali is, as we have seen, incapable of evading the most vulgar of art's temptations: that of being a genius.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
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.