„Life is serious but art is fun!“

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„If you can't make fun of bad movies on serious subjects, what's the point?“

—  Pauline Kael American film critic 1919 - 2001
Interview with Hal Espen, The New Yorker (1994-03-21); reprinted in Espen's Conversations with Pauline Kael (University of Mississippi Press, 1996, ), p. 162.

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„Degeneracy can be fun but it's hard to keep up as a serious lifetime occupation.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig American writer and philosopher 1928
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„The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.“

—  Lester Bangs American music critic and journalist 1948 - 1982

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„Like all truly brave people Antonio is light-hearted and likes to joke and make fun of serious things.“

—  Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Ch. 3 Hemingway is describing his friend, the famous bullfighter Antonio Ordóñez.

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„Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.“

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935

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„I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.“

—  Carrie Fisher American actress, screenwriter and novelist 1956 - 2016

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„Art is the proper task of life.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900