Art and Literature
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What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
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.
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.
Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
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.
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.
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.
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.