Art and Literature
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I didn't like the play. But I saw it under unfavorable circumstances -- the curtains were up.
A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can't expect an apostle to look out.
If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree, it better not come at all.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.