Literature and Humanity Quotes


Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity. P T Barnum

Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism. Anton Chekhov

I liked painting and drawing, and I liked humanities mainly - poetry, literature - this speculative attitude toward life. Rafael Moneo

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom. Anatole France

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. Hermann Hesse

Humanity can be roughly divided into three sorts of people - those who find comfort in literature, those who find comfort in personal adornment, and those who find comfort in food; Elizabeth Goudge

Literature is the memory of humanity. Isaac Bashevis Singer

Literature is humanity talking to itself. Norman Rush

We are human, and nothing is more interesting to us than humanity. The appeal of literature is that it is so thoroughly a human thing - by, for and about human beings. If you lose that focus, you obviate the source of the power and permanence of literature. M H Abrams

The greater part of humanity is too much harassed and fatigued by the struggle with want, to rally itself for a new and sterner struggle with error. Friedrich Schiller

Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit. Marcel Proust

As in the rankest soil the most beautiful flowers are grown, so in the dark soil of poverty the choicest flowers of humanity have developed and bloomed. James Allen

We experience pain and difficulty as failure instead of saying, I will pass through this, everyone I have ever admired has passed through this, music has come out of it, literature has come out of it. We should think of our humanity as a privilege. Marilynne Robinson

The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded. Gustave Flaubert

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion. Anatole France

And in spite of everything, Ireland remains the brain of the Kingdom. The English, judiciously practical and ponderous, furnish the over-stuffed stomach of humanity with a perfect gadget-the water closet. The Irish, condemned to express themselves in a language not their own, have stamped on it the mark of their own genius and compete for glory with the civilized nations. This is then called English literature. James Joyce

Above literature?' said the Queen. 'Who is above literature? You might as well say one was above humanity. Alan Bennett

It would be nice to feel that we are a better world, a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity, and to believe in the basic goodness of man. Barbara Walters

Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero. F Scott Fitzgerald

Literature in its most comprehensive sense is the autobiography of humanity. Bernard Berenson



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