OPINION: George Gershwin found it impossible to believe that anyone could find his music to be anything less than sublime.
Once, after playing a new song for a friend, he asked:"How did you like it?"
The other made a face.
"It's not up to your standard, George," was his blunt reply. "As a matter-of-fact, you've never done worse. The melody is weak and monotonous. Take my advice - tear it up and start all over."
There was a moment of silence. Then Gershwin said:
"Now give me your honest opinion."
MADNESS: At times, Alexandre Dumas would lose patience with his longtime servant, who was not overly respectful. Once, after the man had ignored an order, the novelist exploded:
"Are you mad or am I?"
"Surely, sir," purred the other, "you would not keep a servant who is mad?"