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There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
William Somerset Maugham
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By theme: Humor   Wit   Art   Creativity  

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
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The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
Albert Camus
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We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
Pablo Picasso
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The better a work is, the more it attracts criticism; it is like the fleas who rush to jump on white linens.
Gustave Flaubert
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When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.
Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues
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By theme: Thought   Creativity   Wisdom  

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
Samuel Johnson
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The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.
Pablo Picasso
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One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
Elbert Hubbard
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By theme: Men   Creativity  

One mustn`t look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us.
Gustave Flaubert
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If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last.
Anton Chekhov
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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
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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
Galileo Galilei
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Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
Pablo Picasso
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Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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The greatest inventions were produced in the times of ignorance, as the use of the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
Jonathan Swift
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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
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Asking a writer what he thinks about criticism is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.
John Osborne
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Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Thomas A. Edison
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By theme: Liberty