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Camilo Jose Cela Quotes

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Literature is the denunciation of the times in which one lives.
- Camilo Jose Cela

There are two kinds of man: the ones who make history
and the ones who endure it.
- Camilo Jose Cela

When debts are not paid because they cannot be paid,
the best thing to do is not talk about them,
and shuffle the cards again.
- Camilo Jose Cela

Ideas? My head is full of them, one after the other,
but they serve no purpose there.
They must be put down on paper, one after the other.
- Camilo Jose Cela

 

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

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

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The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children.
Life is the other way around.
- John K. Van De Kamp

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
- Thornton Wilder

Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature.
- George Henry Lewes

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

The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of
the most singular things in all literature.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Comics? Honestly, that's more a matter of nostalgia for me.
I think most of that energy has gone to my love of
literature and my love of film.
- Jonathan Lethem

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

In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved,
indeed, many triumphs; but their great,
their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought.
- Lytton Strachey

This is not writing at all.
Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether,
if I knew what I meant.
- Virginia Woolf

I began as a boy with artistic talent...
as a visual artist...
I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens
drifted into reading serious literature.
- Russell Banks

The only sensible ends of literature are,
first, the pleasurable toil of writing;
second,
the gratification of one's family and friends;
and lastly,
the solid cash.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Literature does not exist in a vacuum.
Writers as such have a definite social function exactly
proportional to their ability as writers.
This is their main use.
- Ezra Pound

I think it is a mistake to identify a movie according to its language,
as if movies were literature.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

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

The elegance and the quality - the talent is always in the literature.
I start with the word and I base everything on that.
It doesn't make any difference to me.
- Kate Mulgrew

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle,
without being at all acute; hence there is so much
humour and so little wit in their literature.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Writing detective stories is about writing light literature,
for entertainment.
It isn't primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature.
- Steig Larsson

A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.
- George Borrow

What is not in the open street is false,
derived, that is to say, literature.
- Henry Miller

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

Indeed; peace literature is almost exclusively read,
though to good effect, by pacifists,
while what is needed is the canvassing of those who
have not so far been won to the cause.
- Fredrik Bajer

He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.
- Joseph Heller

The literature of women's lives is a tradition of escapees,
women who have lived to tell the tale.
- Phyllis Rose

Hemingway's remarks are not literature.
- Gertrude Stein

Post-Modernism was a reaction against Modernism.
It came quite early to music and literature,
and a little later to architecture.
And I think it's still coming to computer science.
- Larry Wall

Without literature my life would be miserable.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Life comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work.
The hills are full of marble before the world blooms with statues.
- Phillips Brooks

When you read the psychedelic literature,
there is a distinction between the so-called natural
psychedelics and synthetic psychedelics that are artificially produced.
- Stanislav Grof

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

Facts are not science - as the dictionary is not literature.
- Martin H. Fischer

Literature has to serve as a moral control of politics.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

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

Our American professors like their literature clear
and cold and pure and very dead.
- Sinclair Lewis

In all highly civilised communities Pretence is prominent,
and sooner or later invades the regions of Literature.
- James Payn

I think the writing of literature should give pleasure.
What else should it be about? It is not nuclear physics.
It actually has to give pleasure or it is worth nothing.
- Stephen Greenblatt

In literature as in ethics, there is danger,
as well as glory, in being subtle.
Aristocracy isolates us.
- Charles Baudelaire

Studying literature at Harvard is like learning about
women at the Mayo clinic.
- Roy Blount, Jr.

There is only one school of literature -
that of talent.
- Vladimir Nabokov

It's interesting to note that all revolutionary literature was written by pastors.
These guys were involved in a revolution against the
mightiest power that the world had ever seen.
- Randall Terry

Don't ask to live in tranquil times.
Literature doesn't grow there.
- Rita Mae Brown

Literature exists at the same time in the modes of error and truth;
it both betrays and obeys its own mode of being.
- Paul de Man

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

For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose:
to expose,
embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism.
It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian.
- Ama Ata Aidoo

When once the itch of literature comes over a man,
nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen.
But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can.
- Samuel Lover

A great memory does not make a mind,
any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.
- John Henry Newman

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature,
either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.
- Lytton Strachey

Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined
technique for arousing certain emotions.
- Iris Murdoch

The idea of bringing young people up to Literature
is doubtless calculated to raise the eyebrows almost
as much as the suggestion of bringing them up to the Stage.
- James Payn

Literature is analysis after the event.
- Doris Lessing

The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.
- Hugh Blair

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

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

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

I just happen to like the work.
I like preparing for a role.
I like reading.
I like analyzing.
I like literature.
I like emotions.
I like working with other actors.
- Elle Macpherson

But picketing - picketing for or against something,
and handing out literature - these are conspicuously formal actions.
They have to be understood as indirect communication.
- Tony Conrad

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

Practically every movie that shows the pope or even a bishop as a character,
and in much of western literature of the last 300 or 400 years,
these are portrayed as awful figures.
- Michael Novak

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

The difficulty of literature is not to write,
but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader,
but to affect him precisely as you wish.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Literature and philosophy both allow past idols to
be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly
distressing to a sober scientist.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

In science, read, by preference, the newest works;
in literature,
the oldest.
The classic literature is always modern.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Literature is air, and I'm suffocating in mediocrity.
- Armand Assante

My family pleaded with me to forget literature and do something sensible,
such as find some sort of useful work.
- Lloyd Alexander


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