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If a literary man puts together two words about music,
by Aaron Copland

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

To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself,
incredible and inconceivable.
- Aaron Copland

Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness,
or perhaps of subconsciousness I wouldn't know.
But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
- Aaron Copland

A melody is not merely something you can hum.
- Aaron Copland

 

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet,
music in some living form will accompany and sustain
it and give it expressive meaning.
- Aaron Copland

You compose because you want to somehow summarize in
some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive,
to set down...
some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now,
today.
- Aaron Copland

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking,
"Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be,
"Yes." And "Can you state in so many words what the
meaning is?" My answer to that would be,
"No."
- Aaron Copland

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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

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
- George Eliot

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

I was editor of my high school literary magazine and
a reporter for the school newspaper.
- Jeffery Deaver

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

For the last half of my life I have had the doubtful
benefit of a brother whose literary reputation is much greater than my own.
- Laurence Housman

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

There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

My literary success meant nothing to me.
- Taylor Caldwell

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

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

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

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

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot

I spent the first twenty years of my writing career
preparing for the mystery genre,
which is my favorite literary form.
- Sue Grafton

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

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.
- Michael Shermer

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

Maybe when I'm sixty-five I'll talk about my literary life.
- Rick Moody

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

Bridget Jones is part of literary lore now and actually
to be a part of it is enormously flattering.
- Colin Firth

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

I might have simply settled down into an armchair literary life.
I really don't know exactly why I didn't.
- Edward Carpenter

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

The real literary editors have mostly been fired.
Those that remain are all "bottom line" editors;
everything depends on the money.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I get sent a lot of scripts which feature him as a
kind of all-purpose Victorian literary character and
really understand little,
if anything, about him, his life or his books.
- Simon Callow

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

No one in my family was a reader of literary fiction.
So, I didn't have encouragement, but I didn't have discouragement,
because I don't think anybody knew what that meant.
- Amy Tan

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

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

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

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered
by a writer to a lover of books.
- Gaston Bachelard

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

The literary culture, if you examine it,
the high literary culture is that which preserves the
government and you know it's really the talk for those who have.
- Kathy Acker

I use the language I use to my friends.
They wouldn't believe me if I used some high-flown literary language.
I want them to believe me.
- Adrian Mitchell

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

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

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

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

The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear -
and even,
in certain respects, would be - the most modern of critical movements.
- Paul de Man

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

I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress,
even as regards the literary scene.
- Harold Bloom

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

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

There can be no literary equivalent to truth.
- Laura Riding

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

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

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

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions
without systematic knowledge.
- H. G. Wells

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

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

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

Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being
a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain
free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals.
- Joyce Maynard

There might be a different model for a literary community that's quicker,
more real-time, and involves more spontaneity.
- George Saunders

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

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


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