Art and Culture

"No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers."

Horace "Epistles"

Rating: 3.17 (Number of Voters: 6)

"Gin-and-water is the source of all my inspiration."

George Gordon Byron
George Gordon Byron "Conversations"

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons."

Rating: 6.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Writing is conscience, scruple, and the farming of our ancestors."

Edward Dahlberg
Edward Dahlberg "Alms for Oblivion"

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The great artist is the simplifier."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 7)

"Writers are as jealous as pigeons."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Time is the only critic without ambition."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it."

Rating: 8.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Literature is my legal wife and medicine my mistress. When I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other."

Rating: 8.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Evil is done without effort, naturally, it is the working of fate; good is always the product of an art."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music."

Rating: 4.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Music is essentially useless, as life is."

George Santayana
George Santayana "Life of Reason"

Rating: 4.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The arts are the salt of the earth; as salt relates to food, the arts relate to technology."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe "Wilhelm Meister's Travels"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill."

Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The moment a man sets his thoughts down on paper, however secretly, he is in a sense writing for publication."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"It takes vision and courage to create -- it takes faith and courage to prove."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The more you reason the less you create."

Rating: 6.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"There are two kinds of truth; the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing."

Rating: 7.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science."

Rating: 5.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Raphael paints wisdom; Handel sings it, Phidias carves it, Shakespeare writes it, Wren builds it, Columbus sails it, Luther preaches it, Washington arms it, Watt mechanizes it."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The hills are alive with the sound of music, with songs they have sung for a thousand years."

Oscar Hammerstein from song
Oscar Hammerstein from song "The Sound of Music"

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"When I wished to sing of love it turned to sorrow. And when I wished to sing of sorrow it was transformed for me into love."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality."

Rating: 3.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Unrecognized alcoholism is the ruling pathology among writers and intellectuals."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the streets of other cities with asphalt."

Karl Kraus
Karl Kraus "Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths"

Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Today's literature: prescriptions written by patients."

Karl Kraus
Karl Kraus "Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths"

Rating: 2.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The best part of a writer's biography is not the record of his adventures but the story of his style."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder."

Rating: 7.20 (Number of Voters: 5)

"A book is like a child: it is easier to bring it into the world than to control it when it is launched there."

Rating: 8.40 (Number of Voters: 10)

"A book is simply the container of an idea-like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters."

Angela Carter
Angela Carter "Expletives Deleted"

Rating: 8.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal."

Rating: 5.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The poet who walks by moonlight is conscious of a tide in his thought which is to be referred to lunar influence."

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau "The Writings of Henry David Thoreau"

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.... You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite."

Rating: 6.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable."

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Advertising is the greatest art form of the twentieth century."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel."

James Thurber
James Thurber "Lanterns and Lances"

Rating: 3.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The literature of women's lives is a tradition of escapees, women who have lived to tell the tale."

Phyllis Rose
Phyllis Rose "Women's Lives"

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Prose and poetry are as different as food and drink."

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 3)