Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something
strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alex Haley was adopted!

All art is but imitation of nature.
-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

An artist should be fit for the best society and keep out of it.

Any dramatic series the producers want us to take seriously as a representation
of contemporary reality cannot be taken seriously as a representation of
anything -- except a show to be ignored by anyone capable of sitting upright
in a chair and chewing gum simultaneously.
-- Richard Schickel

Any fool can paint a picture, but it takes a wise person to be able to sell it.

Art is a jealous mistress.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Art is a lie which makes us realize the truth.
-- Picasso

Art is anything you can get away with.
-- Marshall McLuhan.

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
-- Paul Gauguin

Art is Nature speeded up and God slowed down.
-- Chazal

Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.

As a goatherd learns his trade by goat, so a writer learns his trade by wrote.

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a
lamp-post how it feels about dogs.
-- Christopher Hampton

Authors (and perhaps columnists) eventually rise to the top of whatever
depths they were once able to plumb.
-- Stanley Kaufman

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent
and original in your work.
-- Flaubert

"Being disintegrated makes me ve-ry an-gry!"

"Benson, you are so free of the ravages of intelligence"
-- Time Bandits

BS: You remind me of a man.
B: What man?
BS: The man with the power.
B: What power?
BS: The power of voodoo.
B: Voodoo?
BS: You do.
B: Do what?
BS: Remind me of a man.
B: What man?
BS: The man with the power...
-- Cary Grant, "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer"

But if you wish at once to do nothing and to be respectable
nowdays, the best pretext is to be at work on some profound study.
-- Leslie Stephen, "Sketches from Cambridge"

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