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Literature Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Literature

Please enjoy these Literature Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

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

 

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

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

As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
- Wallace Stevens

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Remarks are not literature.
- Gertrude Stein

Literature is at once the cause and the effect of social progress.
- George Henry Lewes

The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing,
and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it.
- Vaclav Havel

Literature is the question minus the answer.
- Roland Barthes

I had all the normal interests - I played basketball
and I headed the school paper.
But I also developed very early a great love for music
and literature and the theater.
- Carlisle Floyd

All literature is gossip.
- Truman Capote

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

All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight,
or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
- George Henry Lewes

I think the great artists, especially in literature,
have always thought with the heart.
- Douglas Sirk

I was trained in the '50s as a New Critic.
I remember what literature was like before the New Critics,
when people stood up and talked about Shelley's soul and such things.
- Clifford Geertz

But picketing - picketing for or against something,
and handing out literature - these are conspicuously formal actions.
They have to be understood as indirect communication.
- Tony Conrad

Books are the carriers of civilization.
Without books, history is silent, literature dumb,
science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
- Barbara Tuchman

Without the faintest possibility of finding a job,
I decided to devote myself to literature:
it was about time to find out what I was worth as a writer.
- Jose Saramago

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature,
either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question.
- Lytton Strachey

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

In Algeria, I had begun to get into literature and philosophy.
I dreamed of writing-and already models were instructing the dream,
a certain language governed it.
- Jacques Derrida

It is curious to observe what different
ideals of happiness people cherish,
and in what singular places they look
for this well-spring of their life.
Many look for it in the hoarding of riches,
some in the pride of power,
and others in the achievements of art and literature;
a few seek it in the exploration of their own minds,
or in search for knowledge.
- Helen Keller

Tardiness in literature can make me nervous.
- Manuel Puig

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

Life comes before literature, as the material always comes before the work.
The hills are full of marble before the world blooms with statues.
- Phillips Brooks

I see journalists as the manual workers,
the laborers of the word.
Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.
- Marguerite Duras

We must wash literature off ourselves.
We want to be men above all, to be human.
- Antonin Artaud

Gossip is more popular than literature.
- Hugh Leonard

The classics are only primitive literature.
They belong to the same class as primitive machinery
and primitive music and primitive medicine.
- Stephen Leacock

Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving,
the most dangerous of professions.
- John Morley

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 is analysis after the event.
- Doris Lessing

Writing detective stories is about writing light literature,
for entertainment.
It isn't primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature.
- Steig Larsson

I had an older brother who was very interested in literature,
so I had an early exposure to literature,
and and theater.
My father sometimes would work in musical comedies.
- Francis Ford Coppola

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

And in down times it shakes a lot of the bad SF out,
a lot the stuff that was bought for literary reasons,
which is neither entertaining nor great literature.
- Jerry Pournelle

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

The amateur is very rare in French literature -
as rare as he is common in our own.
- Lytton Strachey

In French literature, you can choose a la carte;
in Spanish literature,
there is only the set meal.
- Jose Bergamin

Hemingway's remarks are not literature.
- Gertrude Stein

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

Again, both literature and philosophy work by appealing
to certain reigning idols.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

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

Literature and philosophy both allow past idols to
be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly
distressing to a sober scientist.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

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

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet,
but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.
- Harold Bloom

Magic Realism is not new.
The label's new, the specific Latin American form of it is new,
its modern popularity is new, but it's been around
as long as literature has been around.
- Terri Windling

Literature is about as unnecessarily necessarily as
tableware or ironed shirts.
- Peter Bichsel

We're not in love with Literature all the time -
especially when you have to teach it every day.
- Howard Nemerov

How do you make any sense of history,
art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography
of your own culture and all the world's main religions?
- Polly Toynbee

Violence commands both literature and life,
and violence is always crude and distorted.
- Ellen Glasgow

Literature is news that stays news.
- Ezra Pound

When we were making the law, when we were writing the
literature and the mathematics the grandfarthers of
Blair and little Bush were scratching around in caves.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

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

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

The elegance and the quality - the talent is always in the literature.
I start with the word and I base everything on that.
It doesn't make any difference to me.
- Kate Mulgrew

I studied literature design and fashion design.
- Danielle Steel

Bobby Fischer has an enormous knowledge of chess and
his familiarity with the chess literature of the USSR is immense.
- Boris Spassky

Underground literature only began in the '70s,
when technical developments made it possible.
Before that, we were involved in a game with the censors.
That was our struggle.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Film is our literature, so we should tell stories that
are apropos of our culture,
in that we can learn something about ourselves.
- David Strathairn

I wish to share and pass down some of my generation's traits,
and encourage young people to create their own art,
music, and literature.
- David Amram

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

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

Literature is my calling To hold up the mirror to my
countrymen comes natural to me;
and in the open field of invention I am not without
hopes of giving them pleasure.
- Thomas Edward Brown

It was a combination of an intense interest in children's literature,
which I've always had, and the feeling that I'd just
have a go and see if I could do it.
- Penelope Lively

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

The genre has moved into this commercial aspect of itself,
and ignored this extraordinarily rich literature that's
filed everywhere else except under travel.
- Robyn Davidson

If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single
hour of someone's trouble.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

I just happen to like the work.
I like preparing for a role.
I like reading.
I like analyzing.
I like literature.
I like emotions.
I like working with other actors.
- Elle Macpherson


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