Art and Literature
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A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody has read.
The writer, making every effort to appear innocent and noble, takes his revenge with the pen; while the murderer, less hypocrtical, takes it with the sword.
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.
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.
Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.