Art and Literature
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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.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
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.
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.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody has read.
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.
I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.
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.
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.