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Literature Quotes

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The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

Related topics: Religion

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress;
when I get tired of one,
I spend the night with the other.
- Anton Chekhov

Movies are a complicated collision of literature,
theatre, music and all the visual arts.
- Yahoo Serious

Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life:
in education,
medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
- Barry Commoner

 

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that
our writers are forever looking back with love and
nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
- Anatole Broyard

Herman Melville was as separated from a civilized literature
as the lost Atlantis was said to have been from the
great peoples of the earth.
- Edward Dahlberg

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have
minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
- Virginia Woolf

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If I could have gone on describing to you the beauties of this region,
who knows but I might have made a fine addition to
the literature of our age?
- Robert Gould Shaw

Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe
that great literature is very close to life,
but exactly the opposite is true.
Life is amorphous, literature is formal.
- Francoise Sagan

I didn't choose literature.
Literature chose me.
There was no decision on my side.
- Manuel Puig

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
- Thornton Wilder

Postmodernism cost literature its audience.
- Scott Turow

Change is the principal feature of our age and literature
should explore how people deal with it.
The best science fiction does that, head-on.
- David Brin

I gradually became persuaded that the subjects,
without intending to, had revealed to me a basic truth
about markets that was foreign to the literature of economics.
- Vernon L. Smith

What makes literature interesting is that it does not survive its translation.
The characters in a novel are made out of the sentences.
That's what their substance is.
- Jonathan Miller

The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern
tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature.
- Anne Stevenson

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

Without literature my life would be miserable.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Everything is becoming science fiction.
From the margins of an almost invisible literature
has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.
- J. G. Ballard

The sinews of art and literature, like those of war,
are money.
- Samuel Butler

The rest, called literature, is a dossier of human
imbecility for the guidance of future professors.
- Tristan Tzara

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.
- Vladimir Nabokov

In our day the conventional element in literature is
elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending
that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.
- Northrop Frye

Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
- T. S. Eliot

Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
- William Ralph Inge

There's all this stuff that is happening in Edinburgh now,
it's a sad attempt to create an Edinburgh society,
similar to a London society, a highbrow literature celebrity society.
- Irvine Welsh

A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them.
The writings of the day show the quality of the people
as no historical reconstruction can.
- Edith Hamilton

The Nobel Prize has given me, for the first time in my life,
the feeling that my literature could be appreciated
on an international level.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I had all the normal interests - I played basketball
and I headed the school paper.
But I also developed very early a great love for music
and literature and the theater.
- Carlisle Floyd

As it was, I realized choosing the study of Chinese
literature as my life's work was probably a mistake.
- Eric Allin Cornell

The web, then, or the pattern, a web at once sensuous and logical,
an elegant and pregnant texture: that is style,
that is the foundation of the art of literature.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
- Matthew Arnold

Film is our literature, so we should tell stories that
are apropos of our culture,
in that we can learn something about ourselves.
- David Strathairn

It is doubtless one of Aristotle's great services that
he conceived so clearly the truth that literature is
a thing that grows and has a history.
- Gilbert Murray

I see journalists as the manual workers,
the laborers of the word.
Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.
- Marguerite Duras

When you kill somebody in the movies,
it matters, whereas in literature it can be allegorical.
- Barbet Schroeder

Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people,
and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.
- Boris Pasternak

I was trained in the '50s as a New Critic.
I remember what literature was like before the New Critics,
when people stood up and talked about Shelley's soul and such things.
- Clifford Geertz

Underground literature only began in the '70s,
when technical developments made it possible.
Before that, we were involved in a game with the censors.
That was our struggle.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Judaism has always been a strong interest of mine.
My two sons speak Hebrew and are familiar with the
scriptures and with rabbinic literature.
This is the way we live.
- Herman Wouk

As society diversifies, the number of people who read
literature is decreasing.
It will be difficult for readers to digest my ideas through literature.
- Cao Yu

As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
- Wallace Stevens

Reverence is fatal to literature.
- E. M. Forster

Literature is the question minus the answer.
- Roland Barthes

The moral backbone of literature is about that whole question of memory.
To my mind it seems clear that those who have no memory
have the much greater chance to lead happy lives.
- W. G. Sebald

Every man's work, whether it be literature,
or music or pictures or architecture or anything else,
is always a portrait of himself.
- Samuel Butler

And literature frequently rises to heights that make it international.
- Irving Langmuir

Poetry, it is often said and loudly so,
is life's true mirror.
But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
- Franz Grillparzer

Only the more rugged mortals should attempt to keep
up with current literature.
- George Ade

All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight,
or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
- George Henry Lewes

What good is a writer if he can't destroy literature? And us...
what good are we if we don't help as much as we can in that destruction?
- Julio Cortazar

Hemingway's remarks are not literature.
- Gertrude Stein

I wish to share and pass down some of my generation's traits,
and encourage young people to create their own art,
music, and literature.
- David Amram

The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
- Jean Cocteau

Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace,
before and after culture.
- Juan Ramon Jimenez

It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
- Henry James

Intimate relationships are a gold mine for literature to explore,
to understand, to describe.
- A. B. Yehoshua

A lot of performing instincts are involved in the business of direction,
but so is analysis and having a sense of literature.
- Trevor Nunn

We must wash literature off ourselves.
We want to be men above all, to be human.
- Antonin Artaud

I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature.
I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare.
- Ben Okri

The study of social progress is to-day not less needed
in literature than is the analysis of the human heart.
- Alfred de Vigny

Without the faintest possibility of finding a job,
I decided to devote myself to literature:
it was about time to find out what I was worth as a writer.
- Jose Saramago

Lovers of literature will look for the remains of the
golden treasure in that shipwreck on the bottom of the sea of criticism.
- Josef Skvorecky

I do not believe in sex distinction in literature,
law, politics, or trade - or that modesty and virtue
are more becoming to women than to men,
but wish we had more of it everywhere.
- Belva Lockwood

In America, the only truly popular art form is the movies.
Most people consider painting a hobby and literature,
schoolwork.
- Brad Holland

Literature is analysis after the event.
- Doris Lessing

Literature has been the salvation of the damned,
literature has inspired and guided lovers,
routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
- John Cheever

I studied literature design and fashion design.
- Danielle Steel

I didn't make any money from my writing until much later.
I published about 80 stories for nothing.
I spent on literature.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Books are the carriers of civilization.
Without books, history is silent, literature dumb,
science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
- Barbara Tuchman


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