Art and Literature
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 choose a block of marble and chop off everything I don't need.
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.
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 don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.