All aphorisms

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

William Somerset Maugham

Aphorisms of the author
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

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Art Creativity

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

Albert Camus

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Society Creativity

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

Pablo Picasso

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Lie Truth Art Creativity

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

Gustave Flaubert

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Culture Art Creativity

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

Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Thought Creativity Wisdom

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

Samuel Johnson

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Art Creativity Wisdom

The hidden harmony is better than the obvious.

Pablo Picasso

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Art Creativity

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

Elbert Hubbard

Aphorisms of the author
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

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Psychology Creativity Wisdom

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

Anton Chekhov

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Art Creativity

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

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Psychology Art Creativity

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Wit Art Creativity

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

Galileo Galilei

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Science Truth Creativity

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

Pablo Picasso

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Art Creativity

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

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Culture Art Creativity Wisdom

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

Jonathan Swift

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: History Creativity

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

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Behavior Creativity Wisdom

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

John Osborne

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Wit Feelings Creativity

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Thomas A. Edison

Aphorisms of the author
By theme: Liberty

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