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A beautiful lie? Listen! That`s creativity.

Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

There are three rules for writing a novel; unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

William Somerset Maugham

Writing is closer to thinking than to speaking.

Joseph Joubert

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.

Johnathan Swift

He can who thinks he can, and he can`t who thinks he can`t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.

Pablo Picasso

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

Jean Cocteau

Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.

Jules Verne

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

Pablo Picasso

Proper words in proper places make the true definition of a style.

Johnathan Swift

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.

Mark Twain

Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.


Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.

George Sand

I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.

Blaise Pascal

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don`t start measuring her limbs.

Pablo Picasso

God created man because he was so disappointed in the monkey.

Mark Twain

True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary.

Heinrich Heine

A work is perfectly finished only when nothing can be added and nothing taken away.

Joseph Joubert

A painter is a man who paints what he sells; an artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints.

Pablo Picasso

Man - a creature made at the end of the week`s work when God was tired.

Mark Twain

When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

William Somerset Maugham

The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful; one must sense him everywhere but never see him.

Gustave Flaubert

The society based on production is only productive, not creative.

Albert Camus

We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.

Pablo Picasso

The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.

Gustave Flaubert

When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.

Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Samuel Johnson

The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.

Pablo Picasso

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

Elbert Hubbard

One mustn`t look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.

Gustave Flaubert

If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last.

Anton Chekhov

The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say.

Mark Twain

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

Galileo Galilei

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.

Pablo Picasso

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The greatest inventions were produced in the times of ignorance, as the use of the compass, gunpowder, and printing.

Johnathan Swift

I don`t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.

Agatha Christie

Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.

John Osborne


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