Quotes on Literature

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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I fell in love, not deep, but I fell several times and then fell out. Carl Sandburg
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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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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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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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One of the unsung freedoms that go with a free press is the freedom not to read it. Ferdinand Mount
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Literature has become my life. Mikhail Bulgakov
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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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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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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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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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Good literature makes your head throb heartlike David Foster Wallace
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I read Russian literature a lot. Mikhail Baryshnikov
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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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It was accountability that Nixon feared. Bob Woodward
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We are always doing something for posterity, but I would fain see posterity do something for us. Joseph Addison
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What good is it to live a life that brings pains? Aeschylus
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For a murderous blow let murderous blow atone. Aeschylus
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Mourn for me rather as living than as dead. Aeschylus
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We shall perish by guile just as we slew. Aeschylus
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Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now claimed exclusively by the young. Gilbert K Chesterton
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All literature is gossip. Truman Capote
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The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none. Charles Dickens
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In every parting there is an image of death. George Eliot
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Prosperity is full of friends. Euripides
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Slight not what's near through aiming at what's far. Euripides
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The victor belongs to the spoils. F Scott Fitzgerald
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I am certainly an ought and not a must. E M Forster
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Reverence is fatal to literature. E M Forster
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God depends on us. It is through us that God is achieved. Andre Gide
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I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me. Ernest Hemingway
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Fear is the thought of admitted inferiority. Elbert Hubbard
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Literature helps us transcend ourselves. Mohsin Hamid
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Writers speak stench. Franz Kafka
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I wasn't a very discriminating reader. I read just about everything that came along. Charles Kuralt
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To understand the nature of the people one must be a prince, and to understand the nature of the prince, one must be of the people. Niccolo Machiavelli
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It is the lot of man but once to die. Francis Quarles
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There are no such things as Flowers there are only gladdened Leaves. John Ruskin
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Faith never makes a confession. Henry David Thoreau
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We will always have more to discover, more to invent, more to understand and that's much closer to art and literature than any science. Daniel Tammet
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It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead. Kurt Vonnegut
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Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home. Alice Walker
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Most projects start out slowly - and then sort of taper off. Norman Ralph Augustine
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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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