Quotes on Literature

It is the life in literature that acts upon life. J. G. Holland

The great Cham of literature. (Samuel Johnson) Tobias Smollett

I avoid literature whenever possible, because whenever possible I avoid myself... Thomas Bernhard

But literature, I discovered, can also save you. Truly. Over the cliche and through the truth, it can save. Porochista Khakpour

In literature it is only the wild that attracts us. Henry David Thoreau

To bring anything really to life in literature we can't be lifelike: we have to be literature-like Northrop Frye

Religion is only literature, but luckily literature is not only religion. William C. Brown

Literature, it seems to me, is wisdom. Toni Morrison

The form [of literature] matters little to me, classical or not. Jean-Paul Sartre

I really came to literature through poetry. Cheryl Strayed

I want literature to open all the doors that I can't open by myself, and to allow me to see things that I wouldn't otherwise see. Martha Ronk

I prefer to talk about the gift of literature rather than its role or task. Amos Oz

You know, gynecology has a role; sex is a gift. And literature is not about sending messages. Amos Oz

Literature is about telling stories. Amos Oz

For me especially, I always need that literature medium. Masiela Lusha

In my work, I attempt to deal with the Bible as I would deal with any work of literature. Hershel Shanks

Comics are a gateway into literature. Francoise Mouly

There's always some place to go. You don't need workshops, you don't need friends necessarily, you can be befriended by literature itself. Edward Hirsch

A lot of my love of literature comes from Oz and Alice. Edward Einhorn

Death swallows death. Dejan Stojanovic

One literature differs from another, either before or after it, not so much because of the text as for the manner in which it is read. Jorge Luis Borges

It's funny, in literature no one ever goes to the lavatory. Tom Baker

Literature is subservient to nothing but truth. Gao Xingjian

I fell in love, not deep, but I fell several times and then fell out. Carl Sandburg

Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself. Mason Cooley

Families in which nothing is ever discussed usually have a lot not to discuss. Mason Cooley

I'm not going to be lectured to. Ann Coulter

Madame Bovary is myself. Gustave Flaubert

We are so very 'umble. Charles Dickens

The thing we fear we bring to pass. Elbert Hubbard

Leave the rest to the gods. Horace

Everything that we are making, we are making more and more complex. Kevin Kelly

Literature has become my life. Mikhail Bulgakov

One of the unsung freedoms that go with a free press is the freedom not to read it. Ferdinand Mount

To me the truth comes first and then the literature. We in China are dealing with a dictatorial system and we writers have to take a stance on it. Liao Yiwu

Good literature makes your head throb heartlike David Foster Wallace

I loved English literature - if didn't it would have been hard - but I had to learn it myself. I remembered ways to repeat words, to put more emphasis on certain lines. Benjamin Clementine

I like European and South American literature, but mostly I read nonfiction. Jessa Crispin

I read Russian literature a lot. Mikhail Baryshnikov

[Science is] the literature of truth. Josh Billings

Literature may be false, but it is not trivial. Mason Cooley

It is not in Montaigne, but in myself, that I find all that I see in him. Blaise Pascal

All literature, is, finally autobiographical. Jorge Luis Borges

I do suspect that he is not really necessary to my happiness. Jane Austen

This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn't turn out to be like Literature. Julian Barnes

Literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity. Anthony Powell

All that is literature seeks to communicate power Thomas De Quincey

Where would fashion be without literature? Diana Vreeland

Life isn't simple. Literature shouldn't be either. Mark Slouka

She could have had a life as potent and dangerous as literature itself. Michael Cunningham

Literature is achieved anxiety. Harold Bloom

I have no literary approach - except to literature. George Balanchine

Government rules the present. Literature rules the future. Lord Acton

Literature is ... a game, but it's a game one can put one's life into. Julio Cortazar

that sunlight of the dead which is called literature. Marthe Bibesco

There is no such thing as children's literature. N. V. M. Gonzalez

I think literature is best when it's voicing what we would prefer not to talk about. Rick Moody

We write from life and call it literature, and literature lives because we are in it. F Sionil Jose

While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living. Cyril Connolly

The literature of impotence is about to develop beyond measure. Julien Torma

The literature of the world has exerted its power by being translated. Mark Van Doren

Life without literary studies is death. Seneca the Younger

In literature imitations do not imitate. Mark Twain

Literature is the history of the soul. Barry Hannah

Socrates wrote nothing. Christ wrote nothing. Iris Murdoch

Literature usually begets literature. Susan Sontag

Literature is the garden of wisdom. James Ellis

All I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth. Laura Ingalls Wilder

Literature is the expression of society. Charles Nodier

Taste is to literature what bon ton is in society. Madame De Stael

the writer is initially set going by literature more than by life. Flannery O'Connor

Literature may be light as a cobweb, but it must be fastened down to life at the four corners. Nellie L. McClung

Literature must spring from the deep and submerged humus of our life. Meridel Le Sueur

Your reader is at least as bright as you are William Maxwell

I respect Millar: he has raised the price of literature Samuel Johnson

We are but a point, a single comma, and God is the literature of eternity. Henry Ward Beecher

All literature is protest. Richard Wright

They blossomed, they did not talk about blossoming. Dejan Stojanovic

The farther away, the closer the home becomes. Dejan Stojanovic

Newspapers will ultimately engross all literature. Alphonse De Lamartine



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