There is but one step from the Academy to the Fad.
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- Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
- I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike — and I don’t think there really is a distinction between the two — are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats. And that being the case, any human being, male or female, of whatever status, who has a voice of her or his own, is not going to be liked.
- The only living works are those which have drained much of the author’s own life into them.
- Every man’s work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
- Work with some men is as besetting a sin as idleness.
- Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be, but, like our neighbors, we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them.