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Literature Quotes

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

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

The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

 

Science and literature give me answers.
And they ask me questions I will never be able to answer.
- Mark Haddon

Literature - creative literature - unconcerned with sex,
is inconceivable.
- Gertrude Stein

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

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Hitchcock makes it very clear to us.
There's an objective and a subjective camera,
like there's a third- and a first-person narrator in literature.
- Manuel Puig

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

If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead.
How liberating to work in the margins,
outside a central perception.
You are the ghoul of literature.
Lovely.
- Don DeLillo

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

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

The contemporary thing in art and literature is the
thing which doesn't make enough difference to the people
of that generation so that they can accept it or reject it.
- Gertrude Stein

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

Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry.
With both you are working with reality,
a material just as hard as wood.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

We know too much, and are convinced of too little.
Our literature is a substitute for religion,
and so is our religion.
- T. S. Eliot

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

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

I can say without affectation that I belong to the
Russian convict world no less than I do to Russian literature.
I got my education there, and it will last forever.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Black literature is taught as sociology,
as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.
- Toni Morrison

In fact I enjoyed every minute of my life at King's,
especially the discovery of French and German literature.
- Patrick White

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 hold that a writer who does not passionately believe
in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor
any membership in literature.
- John Steinbeck

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

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

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

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
- Matthew Arnold

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

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 dislike literary jargon and never use it.
Criticism has only one function and that is to help
readers read and understand literature.
It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
- Anne Stevenson

Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones.
It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside.
Alas!
- David Herbert Lawrence

The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose,
and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel,
the most anarchical of all forms of literature.
- George Orwell

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

Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant
literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.
- Thomas Bulfinch

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

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

Observing humans and observing oneself yields a clear-minded
starting point for literature.
- Gao Xingjian

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

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

Literature precedes genre.
- Rick Moody

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

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

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

Literature is the immortality of speech.
- August Wilhelm von Schlegel

For Mythology is the handmaid of literature;
and literature is one of the best allies of virtue
and promoters of happiness.
- Thomas Bulfinch

It is not Kafka's fault that his wonderful writings
have lately turned into a fad,
and are read by people who have neither the ability
nor the desire to absorb literature.
- Herman Hesse

Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge
is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.
- Nelson Algren

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

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

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

What we value about music and literature are the moments
that they create in our minds when we encounter them.
- Stephan Jenkins

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

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

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

All modern American literature comes from one book
by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
- Ernest Hemingway

Without literature my life would be miserable.
- Naguib Mahfouz

I've always loved films, always.
I studied literature and I went to Columbia in New
York and I went to Paris for part of one year and ended up staying there.
- Jim Jarmusch

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

When they were done downloading all the information off each hard drive,
they took all the computers, all the literature,
and loaded everything into a big white truck and left.
- Sherman Austin

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

For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur,
the power of the man and the power of the moment,
and the man is not enough without the moment.
- Matthew Arnold

Every man's memory is his private literature.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

The thing that teases the mind over and over for years,
and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper whether little or great,
it belongs to Literature.
- Willa Cather

I've been missing Japanese literature so much of late.
- Utada Hikaru

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

Literature is always trying to show other parts of
this immense universe in which we live.
It's endless.
I'm sure there will be other writers who will discover new worlds.
- Nathalie Sarraute

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
- Andre Maurois


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