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Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
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.
I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.
If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it better not come at all.
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.
Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
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.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
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 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.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
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.