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Literary Quotes

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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

Related topics: Wisdom Cynical Change Open Choice

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

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

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

 

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

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

We now open our mail with gloves and mask,
though I can't imagine why anyone would target a literary agency!
- Richard Curtis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research,
but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
- Clifford Geertz

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

How dare anyone, parent, schoolteacher,
or merely literary critic, tell me not to act colored.
- Arna Bontemps

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

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

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

In England, literary pretence is more universal than
elsewhere from our method of education.
- James Payn

As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create
a literary vision of the new reality.
- Andrzej Wajda

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

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

Anonymous sources are a practice of American journalism
in the 20th and 21st century,
a relatively recent practice.
The literary tradition of anonymity goes back to the Bible.
- Joe Klein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The New Testament evinces its universal design in its very,
style, which alone distinguishes it from all the literary
productions of earlier and later times.
- Philip Schaff

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

My literary success meant nothing to me.
- Taylor Caldwell

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

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doesn't all experience crumble in the end to mere literary material?
- Ellen Glasgow


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