Everybody has that feeling when they look at a work of art and it’s right, that sudden familiarity, a sort of…recognition, as though they were creating it themselves, as though it were being created through them while they look at it or listen to it.
More quotes by William Gaddis
Why do you treat me as they do, as though I were exactly what I want to be. Why do we treat people that way?
There is nothing more distressing or tiresome than a writer standing in front of an audience and reading his work.
He walked out into the cold morning asking himself this heretical question: Can you start measuring a minute at any instant you wish?
I recall a most ingenious piece in a Wisconsin quarterly some years ago in which The Recognitions debt to Ulysses was established in such minute detail I was doubtful of my own firm recollection of never having read Ulysses.
Esther liked books out where everyone could see them, a sort of graphic index to the intricate labyrinth of her mind arrayed to impress the most casual guest, a system of immediate introduction which she had found to obtain in a number of grimy intellectual households in Greenwich Village.
More quotes about Art
We’re here to bring beauty to the world and make a difference on this planet. That’s what art forms are about.
It is unquestionably true that the need for art is not created by economic conditions. But neither is the need for food created by economics. On the contrary, the need for food and warmth creates economics.
I’m terribly intuitive-I always thought I was intellectual about what I do, but I’ve come to the realization that I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing half the time.
The Japanese have a wonderful sense of design and a refinement in their art. They try to produce beautiful paintings with the minimum number of strokes.
The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.
What’s any artist, but the dregs of his work? the human shambles that follows it around. What’s left of the man when the work’s done but a shambles of apology.