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Stefan Kanfer Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

The thematic, psychological, and cultural concerns
of a writer are more relevant than whatever literary
mode he or she chooses to deal with in any given novel.
- Norman Spinrad

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

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

Let your literary compositions be kept from the public
eye for nine years at least.
- Horace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot

I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't
had great literary influences in my life.
- Manuel Puig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would say that there is no future for literary studies
as such in the United States.
- Harold Bloom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I did not win and in fact I was called into the principal's
office for a consultation with my parents.
But that was the beginning of my literary career.
- William Joyce

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

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

The novel is not so much a literary genre,
but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers.
- Jose Saramago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They say the test of literary power is whether a man
can write an inscription.
I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'
- Samuel Butler

Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on,
my literary efforts from the age of about nine running
chiefly to poetry and plays.
- Patrick White

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

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

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

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

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

The first epics were intended for recitation;
the literary epic is meant to be read.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

Once more I can climb about and remind you that a woman
in this epoch does the important literary thinking.
- Gertrude Stein

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

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

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


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