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Literature Quotes

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

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The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

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

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

 

Because I don't have to be careful of people's feelings when I teach literature,
and I do when I'm teaching writing.
- Tobias Wolff

There is grand romance in The Lord of the Rings.
It's an important part of epic literature.
- Kevin J. Anderson

There are three things men can do with women:
love them,
suffer for them, or turn them into literature.
- Stephen Stills

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

Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature
than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
- Wallace Stevens

Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes
that are always successful.
All the rest is literature.
- Paul Valery

It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art,
because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn...
tired of common sense and civilization.
- F. L. Lucas

The literature of the inner life is very largely a
record of struggle with the inordinate passions of the social self.
- Charles Horton Cooley

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

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

Let philosophy resolutely aim to be as scientific as possible,
but let her not forget her strong kinship with literature.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

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

The test of literature is, I suppose,
whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
- Elizabeth Drew

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

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

The amateur is very rare in French literature -
as rare as he is common in our own.
- Lytton Strachey

Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is,
you need to talk with children, to teachers,
and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early.
- Rita Dove

Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading.
- Gilbert Murray

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet,
but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.
- Harold Bloom

It was a combination of an intense interest in children's literature,
which I've always had, and the feeling that I'd just
have a go and see if I could do it.
- Penelope Lively

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

Literature precedes genre.
- Rick Moody

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

I've always said that music is like literature.
- Jose Carreras

Lastly, 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

More than art, more than literature,
music is universally accessible.
- Billy Joel

Literature is my calling To hold up the mirror to my
countrymen comes natural to me;
and in the open field of invention I am not without
hopes of giving them pleasure.
- Thomas Edward Brown

Literature...
is the union of suffering with the instinct for form.
- Thomas Mann

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

I was editing Canadian Literature.
I didn't want to let Canadian Literature go,
so they reached a nice compromise by which I received
half a professor's salary.
- George Woodcock

Pop changes week to week, month to month.
But great music is like literature.
- Ravi Shankar

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

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

I didn't choose Russia but Russia chose me.
I had been fascinated from an early age by the culture,
the language, the literature and the history to the place.
- Helen Dunmore

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

All good Literature rests primarily on insight.
- George Henry Lewes

To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity
has become the moral duty of literature.
- Ernst Fischer

For me, literature is a complex game,
both mental and concrete, which is acted out in a physical manner on the page.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

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

Without a sense of place the work is often reduced
to a cry of voices in empty rooms,
a literature of the self, at its best poetic music;
at its worst a thin gruel of the ego.
- William Kennedy

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

Literature for me isn't a workaday job,
but something which involves desires,
dreams and fantasy.
- Antonio Tabucchi

The writer studies literature, not the world.
He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write.
- Annie Dillard

I've often been accused of making anthropology into literature,
but anthropology is also field research.
Writing is central to it.
- Clifford Geertz

A great speech is literature.
- Peggy Noonan

It is curious to observe what different
ideals of happiness people cherish,
and in what singular places they look
for this well-spring of their life.
Many look for it in the hoarding of riches,
some in the pride of power,
and others in the achievements of art and literature;
a few seek it in the exploration of their own minds,
or in search for knowledge.
- Helen Keller

Literature is news that stays news.
- Ezra Pound

We're not in love with Literature all the time -
especially when you have to teach it every day.
- Howard Nemerov

I don't know which is more discouraging,
literature or chickens.
- E. B. White

Without literature my life would be miserable.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Here, you can walk into a bookstore and pick up a Bible
or Christian literature and learn.
Over there, they are lucky if they have one Bible for a whole village.
- Michael Scott

The force of the advertising word and image dwarfs
the power of other literature in the 20th century.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

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

All literature is political.
- LeVar Burton

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice;
journalism what will be grasped at once.
- Cyril Connolly

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

The knowledge of languages was very useful.
I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature.
- Emma Bonino

If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
- Ezra Pound

I studied literature design and fashion design.
- Danielle Steel

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

A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic,
a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these,
he may venture to call himself an architect.
- Walter Scott

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

On almost anything someone does in the computer business,
you can go back in the literature and prove someone had done it earlier.
- Ken Olsen

I think the great artists, especially in literature,
have always thought with the heart.
- Douglas Sirk

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


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