Art and Culture

"By directing one good film, you prove that you had a movie inside of you. By directing two, you prove you are a director."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Poetry is the work of the bard and of the people who inspire him."

Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"I never understood music. It seemed to me to be the maximum amount of noise conveying the minimum amount of information."

Quentin Crisp
Quentin Crisp "The Naked Civil Servant"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Music is something that makes you feel, makes you think, and if you're really lucky, it makes you move."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Writing is nothing more than a guided dream."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Einstein's space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh's sky."

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things."

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl."

Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"There were no books in Eden, and there will be none in heaven."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"I am a part of everything that I have read."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Film is like a personal diary, a notebook or a monologue by someone who tries to justify himself before a camera."

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director."

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do."

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A good picture is equivalent to a good deed."

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Everything will pass, and the world will perish, but the Ninth Symphony will remain."

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from. "

Rating: 6.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Art is the objectification of feeling, and the subjectification of nature."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"A bestseller was a book which somehow sold well simply because it was selling well."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way round."

Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"If it is art, it is not for the masses."

Rating: 2.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Poetry [...] is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal - which the reader recognizes as his own."

Rating: 2.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers."

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"My only regret in the theatre is that I could never sit out front and watch me."

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend."

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Even before the music begins there is that bored look on people's faces. A polite form of self-imposed torture, the concert."

Henry Miller
Henry Miller "Tropic of Cancer"

Rating: 2.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art."

Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Architecture is the art of how to waste space."

Rating: 7.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"In Mozart and Salieri we see the contrast between the genius which does what it must and the talent which does what it can."

Rating: 4.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during a moment."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? Why does one love the night, flowers, everything around one, without trying to understand them? But in the case of a painting people have to understand... People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

"One picture is worth ten thousand words."

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 2)