Quotes on Literature

It is the life in literature that acts upon life. J. G. Holland
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The great Cham of literature. (Samuel Johnson) Tobias Smollett
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I avoid literature whenever possible, because whenever possible I avoid myself... Thomas Bernhard
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But literature, I discovered, can also save you. Truly. Over the cliche and through the truth, it can save. Porochista Khakpour
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In literature it is only the wild that attracts us. Henry David Thoreau
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To bring anything really to life in literature we can't be lifelike: we have to be literature-like Northrop Frye
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Religion is only literature, but luckily literature is not only religion. William C. Brown
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Literature, it seems to me, is wisdom. Toni Morrison
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The form [of literature] matters little to me, classical or not. Jean-Paul Sartre
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I really came to literature through poetry. Cheryl Strayed
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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
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I prefer to talk about the gift of literature rather than its role or task. Amos Oz
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You know, gynecology has a role; sex is a gift. And literature is not about sending messages. Amos Oz
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Literature is about telling stories. Amos Oz
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For me especially, I always need that literature medium. Masiela Lusha
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In my work, I attempt to deal with the Bible as I would deal with any work of literature. Hershel Shanks
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Comics are a gateway into literature. Francoise Mouly
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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
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A lot of my love of literature comes from Oz and Alice. Edward Einhorn
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Death swallows death. Dejan Stojanovic
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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
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It's funny, in literature no one ever goes to the lavatory. Tom Baker
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Literature is subservient to nothing but truth. Gao Xingjian
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I fell in love, not deep, but I fell several times and then fell out. Carl Sandburg
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Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself. Mason Cooley
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Families in which nothing is ever discussed usually have a lot not to discuss. Mason Cooley
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I'm not going to be lectured to. Ann Coulter
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Madame Bovary is myself. Gustave Flaubert
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We are so very 'umble. Charles Dickens
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The thing we fear we bring to pass. Elbert Hubbard
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Leave the rest to the gods. Horace
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Everything that we are making, we are making more and more complex. Kevin Kelly
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Literature has become my life. Mikhail Bulgakov
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One of the unsung freedoms that go with a free press is the freedom not to read it. Ferdinand Mount
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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
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Good literature makes your head throb heartlike David Foster Wallace
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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
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I like European and South American literature, but mostly I read nonfiction. Jessa Crispin
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I read Russian literature a lot. Mikhail Baryshnikov
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[Science is] the literature of truth. Josh Billings
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Literature may be false, but it is not trivial. Mason Cooley
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It is not in Montaigne, but in myself, that I find all that I see in him. Blaise Pascal
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All literature, is, finally autobiographical. Jorge Luis Borges
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I do suspect that he is not really necessary to my happiness. Jane Austen
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This was another of our fears: that Life wouldn't turn out to be like Literature. Julian Barnes
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Literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity. Anthony Powell
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All that is literature seeks to communicate power Thomas De Quincey
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Where would fashion be without literature? Diana Vreeland
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Life isn't simple. Literature shouldn't be either. Mark Slouka
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She could have had a life as potent and dangerous as literature itself. Michael Cunningham
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Literature is achieved anxiety. Harold Bloom
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I have no literary approach - except to literature. George Balanchine
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Government rules the present. Literature rules the future. Lord Acton
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Literature is ... a game, but it's a game one can put one's life into. Julio Cortazar
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that sunlight of the dead which is called literature. Marthe Bibesco
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There is no such thing as children's literature. N. V. M. Gonzalez
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I think literature is best when it's voicing what we would prefer not to talk about. Rick Moody
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We write from life and call it literature, and literature lives because we are in it. F Sionil Jose
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While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living. Cyril Connolly
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The literature of impotence is about to develop beyond measure. Julien Torma
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The literature of the world has exerted its power by being translated. Mark Van Doren
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Life without literary studies is death. Seneca the Younger
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In literature imitations do not imitate. Mark Twain
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Literature is the history of the soul. Barry Hannah
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Socrates wrote nothing. Christ wrote nothing. Iris Murdoch
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Literature usually begets literature. Susan Sontag
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Literature is the garden of wisdom. James Ellis
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All I have told is true, but it is not the whole truth. Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Literature is the expression of society. Charles Nodier
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Taste is to literature what bon ton is in society. Madame De Stael
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the writer is initially set going by literature more than by life. Flannery O'Connor
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Literature may be light as a cobweb, but it must be fastened down to life at the four corners. Nellie L. McClung
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Literature must spring from the deep and submerged humus of our life. Meridel Le Sueur
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Your reader is at least as bright as you are William Maxwell
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I respect Millar: he has raised the price of literature Samuel Johnson
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We are but a point, a single comma, and God is the literature of eternity. Henry Ward Beecher
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All literature is protest. Richard Wright
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They blossomed, they did not talk about blossoming. Dejan Stojanovic
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The farther away, the closer the home becomes. Dejan Stojanovic
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Newspapers will ultimately engross all literature. Alphonse De Lamartine
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