Having got this world for free, we expect to pay dearly for the next.
Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.
Flawlessness is a trivial quality in a work of art.
Fiction is more confining than history, for fiction must be plausible, while history need only be real.
Cultural epochs used to last for centuries, then generations, then decades, now a year or two, and soon it will be fifteen minutes.
Bohemian, n. Artist without the art.
The commercial and avant-garde hacks enslave themselves equally to their audience — one to confirm its expectations, one to frustrate them.
God paradoxes are only infinity paradoxes in clerical garb.
It is the work of art to conceal art, and of criticism to reveal it again.
If you want realism, you have to make a few things up.
The work of art is not the object, and not the experience of the object: it is the experience of having experienced it.