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They are the literary equivalent of sequins on an evening dress. ...
by Stefan Kanfer

They are the literary equivalent of sequins on an evening dress.
- Stefan Kanfer

There's something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery.
- Stefan Kanfer

Sorrows cannot all be explained away in a life truly lived,
grief and loss accumulate like possessions.
- Stefan Kanfer

When we blindly adopt a religion,
a political system, a literary dogma,
we become automatons. We cease to grow.
- Anais Nin

 

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries.
- Stephen King

Certainly the most diverse, if minor,
pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author.
- Arthur Miller

I dislike literary jargon and never use it.
Criticism has only one function and that is to help
readers read and understand literature.
It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
- Anne Stevenson

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People aren't used to thinking of cultural forms spreading
out across the full range of formal interactions -
or what is called the "text" in literary terms.
- Tony Conrad

Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down -
there have only been three or four SF movies in the
history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.
- Dan Simmons

Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre,
and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise -
nobody need read it,
but anybody can do it.
- Marilyn Hacker

Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature.
- Paul Ricoeur

Ever since my youth it has disturbed me that of the
literary works that survived their own epoch,
so many dealt with historical rather than contemporary subjects.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

It's too bad for us 'literary' enthusiasts,
but it's the truth nevertheless - pictures tell any
story more effectively than words.
- William Moulton Marston

It became plain very soon after our marriage that ours
was to be a literary partnership.
- Mary A. Ward

I did not have a very literary background.
I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics,
and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.
- Robert Morgan

There is a great discovery still to be made in literature,
that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
- Thomas Carlyle

Books on horse racing subjects have never done well,
and I am told that publishers had come to think of
them as the literary version of box office poison.
- Laura Hillenbrand

It was less a literary thing than a linguistic,
philosophical preoccupation...
discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate,
elementary experience.
- Robert Morgan

The great break of my literary career was going to law school.
- Scott Turow

Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.
- Charles Baudelaire

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.
- Michael Shermer

One effect that the Nobel Prize seems to have had is
that more Arabic literary works have been translated into other languages.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I don't want to promote my own image either.
I don't like going on television or mixing in literary circles.
- Antonio Tabucchi

A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader;
the role of the editor is to mediate.
- John Barton

There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind.
That is why I never could have survived as an academic.
- Anne Stevenson

And in down times it shakes a lot of the bad SF out,
a lot the stuff that was bought for literary reasons,
which is neither entertaining nor great literature.
- Jerry Pournelle

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.
- Rick Moody

I have always loved reading, so was interested in the literary world,
and took many literary portraits.
- Fay Godwin

I have been told by a member of the board of one of
Canada's most prominent literary magazines that a submission
of mine once caused a great deal of controversy.
- John Barton

Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic,
obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes.
- Leon Edel

We had literary references, so we knew what we were talking about.
We could quote things, talk about books we'd read;
you can say something,
you don't have to explain it.
- Kevin Ayers

So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term,
like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for
their entire literary environment and subject matter.
- Donna Tartt

A life spent largely among books, and in the exercise
of a literary profession,
has very obvious drawbacks, as a subject-matter,
when one comes to write about it.
- Mary A. Ward

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot

When authors who write literary fiction begin to write screenplays,
everybody assumes that's the end.
Here's another who's never going to write well again.
- Richard Russo

One learns little more about a man from the feats of
his literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.
- Frank Moore Colby

I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction,
On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one.
- Mark Haddon

Sex in a woman's world has the same currency a penny has in a man's.
Every penny saved is a penny earned in one world and
in the next every sexual adventure is a literary experience.
- Harry Golden

If Art relates itself to an Object, it becomes descriptive,
divisionist, literary.
- Robert Delaunay

A contemporary artist can use the findings of all epochs and all styles,
from the most primitive literary expressions up to
the most refined products of the baroque.
- Juan Goytisolo

Literary fiction, as a strict genre,
is all but dead.
Meanwhile, most genres flourish.
- Dean Koontz

I would solve a lot of literary problems just thinking
about a character in the subway,
where you can't do anything anyway.
- Toni Morrison

I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing,
Literary and Dramatic.
- Shelley Berman

Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year,
must alter; he must seek new literary influences;
he will have different emotions to express.
- T. S. Eliot

A literary critic is someone who can't write,
but who loves to show he would have been a wonderful writer if only he could!
- Brian Lumley

Emerson was the chief figure in the American transcendental movement,
a fact that complicates all accounts of him in literary or cultural history.
- Howard Mumford Jones

As in political so in literary action a man wins friends
for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices
and the consistent narrowness of his outlook.
- Joseph Conrad

Satire lies about literary men while they live and
eulogy lies about them when they die.
- Voltaire

Me, my literary reputation is mostly abroad,
but I am anchored here in New York.
I can't think of any other place I'd rather die than here.
- Harold Brodkey

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius,
but his greatest danger is always that he will not
recognize when he is dull.
- Louis Auchincloss

I read a book a day when I was a kid.
My family was not literary; we did not have any books in the house.
- Amy Tan

If a literary man puts together two words about music,
one of them will be wrong.
- Aaron Copland

The more melancholy side of my literary personality
is much in tune with BS Johnson's.
- Jonathan Coe

Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously.
It's literary suicide.
- Erma Bombeck

It took me fifty years to deal with the Holocaust at all.
And I did it in a literary way.
- Leonard Baskin

At last, in 1611, was made, under the auspices of King James,
the famous King James version; and this is the great
literary monument of the English language.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history,
their past, their tradition, their national symbols,
their way of living, often their own literary language.
- Slobodan Milosevic

You have to remember that in addition to running a literary agency,
I am also an ebook publisher.
- Richard Curtis

At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities
of escape are getting fewer.
We have jobs, children, partners, debts.
This is the part of us to which literary fiction speaks.
- Mark Haddon

A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody's opinion
is made up of the opinion of all the others.
Has everybody a different opinion? Then it is a literary milieu.
- Marcel Proust

When I put together a graphic novel,
I don't think about literary prose.
I think about storytelling.
- Ted Rall

The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century.
- Ken Follett

Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility
for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders,
that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
- W. H. Auden

My literary success meant nothing to me.
- Taylor Caldwell

For several centuries what has passed for song in literary
circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for
a commonplace melodic setting.
- David Antin

First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical.
The political side is required principally because
of the necessity of the current Russian position.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I wrote for a weekly magazine and then edited a literary magazine,
but I did not really feel comfortable with the profession of journalism itself.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee
fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
- John Cheever

But it's not just a game of finding literary references.
- Dan Simmons

Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert,
something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore.
- Stendhal

Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary
field which has no limits,
no parameters whatsoever.
- Theodore Sturgeon


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