Art and Literature
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.