Art and Literature
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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.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
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.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
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 choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.
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.
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.