For most of history it was prohibited for the mass of men to express themselves: then, briefly, it was permitted: now it is required.
Religion, art, taste, and other delusions.
We need not approve of the audience to crave its approval.
Religion will persist forever because of reality’s stubborn refusal to accord with our primitive notions of justice.
The novel often triumphs as a lived experience and always fails as a recollected one.
Photographs do not steal your soul, only your memories.
There is bad art about which one can say a good deal, and great art about which one can say nothing.
The most pleasing aesthetic effect is the happy accident.
At least you can deal with the devil; God just pushes everyone around.
Celebrated mediocrity augurs obscure excellence.
You can talk people into art, but you can’t talk them out of it.