Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
It is highly probable that the fortifications of inhabited places began by being magical defenses; for fortifications - tenches, labyrinths, ramparts, etc - were designed rather to repel invasions by demons and the souls of the dead than attacks by human beings.
I have a piece of great and sad news to tell you: I am dead.
It will shock many - I've lived a full life and really enjoyed my time as a pop star.
An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.
Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
If you come back from the dead, you don't have the same value system, I think.
Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
When a film like Chris Nolan's Memento cannot get picked up, to me independent film is over. It's dead.
There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.
Without such a Life, the Word as to the letter is dead.
It's easier to be original and foolish than original and wise.
There's a challenge to playing these fantasy figures because they are fantasy figures. You have to enter into this sort of imaginative world of the writer.
No one can be said to be happy until he is dead.
I'm not really a writer, so my main problem always is finding the writing talent to write something of the caliber that you would like to do.
A novelty in Polish filmmaking was that it was possible to find funds for a big production. However, at the same time, the state budget committed less and less money to filmmaking.
Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.
If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.
Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
You cannot teach creativity - how to become a good writer. But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.
If you maintain a dead church, contribute to a dead Bible-society, vote with a great party either for the government or against it, spread your table like base housekeepers, - under all these screens I have diffuculty to detect the precise man you are: and of course so much force is withdrawn from your proper life.? But do your work and I shall know you.? Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself.? A man must consider what a blind-man's bluff is this game of conformity.? If I know your sect I anticipate your argument.
In America, they are paranoid about ruining the reputations of people once they are dead and cannot answer back. They have this fascination which to me seems cruel and morbid. I do not want any part of it.
For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.