Art and Literature
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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.
I choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.
Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
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.
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.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after one grows up.
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.
Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.