Art and Literature
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Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last.
Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
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.
Mir Bahadur Ali is, as we have seen, incapable of evading the most vulgar of art's temptations: that of being a genius.
There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.
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.
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.
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.