It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn’t wait to leave.
Every man’s memory is his private literature.
Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.
Alfred North Whitehead
In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
The thing about this festival that I love is that it brings people from all walks of life together for a common humanity and that’s literature,
The writer studies literature, not the world. He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write.
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
Literature is air, and I’m suffocating in mediocrity.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time.
Barbara W. Tuchman
Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
Literature is the denunciation of the times in which one lives.
Camilo Jose Cela
Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Well, the oil, the oil spot, if you will, is a, is a term in counterinsurgency literature that connotes a peaceful area, secure area. So what you’re trying to do is to always extend that, to push that out.
Literature is analysis after the event.
I don’t know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.
E. B. White
Reverence is fatal to literature.
E. M. Forster
What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
E. M. Forster
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
I attempt to write a good novel. Whether it is literature or not is something that will be decided by the ages, not by me and not by a pack of critics around the globe.
The knowledge of languages was very useful. I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature.
If a nation’s literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
Literature is news that stays news.
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
G. K. Chesterton
Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Observing humans and observing oneself yields a clear-minded starting point for literature.
Only the more rugged mortals should attempt to keep up with current literature.
A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same kind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of literature and speech and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.
Literature nowadays is a trade. Putting aside men of genius, who may succeed by mere cosmic force, your successful man of letters is your skilful tradesman. He thinks first and foremost of the markets . . .
All good Literature rests primarily on insight.
George Henry Lewes
Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without.
George Henry Lewes
The object of Literature is to instruct, to animate, or to amuse.
George Henry Lewes
The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.
To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.
Literature … is the rediscovery of childhood.
Hemingway’s remarks are not literature.
Remarks are not literature.
Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading.
For me, literature is a complex game, both mental and concrete, which is acted out in a physical manner on the page.
Guillermo Cabrera Infante
What is not in the open street is false, derived, that is to say, literature.
And literature frequently rises to heights that make it international.
I don’t think any novelist should be concerned with literature.
You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world… The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way … people look at reality, then you can change it.
James Arthur Baldwin
When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.
James Earl Jones
In all highly civilised communities Pretence is prominent, and sooner or later invades the regions of Literature.
There are, it is true, at present no great prizes in literature such as are offered by the learned professions, but there are quite as many small ones – competences; while, on the other hand, it is not so much of a lottery.
Our literature is in great shape.
The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
If literature isn’t everything, it’s not worth a single hour of someone’s trouble.
I’ve always loved films, always. I studied literature and I went to Columbia in New York and I went to Paris for part of one year and ended up staying there.
The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.
John Henry Newman
Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions.
I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.
I lived in a region in the northwestern province – the people there in general have a great love for the Taliban, so I started to read some of the literature of the scholars and the history of the movement. And my heart became attached to them.
John Walker Lindh
What makes literature interesting is that it does not survive its translation. The characters in a novel are made out of the sentences. That’s what their substance is.
In French literature, you can choose a la carte; in Spanish literature, there is only the set meal.
Bad literature is a form of treason.
Literature and Society in the First Modern Period, 321 B.C. – A.D. 235,
He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.
I am one of the writers who wish to create serious works of literature which dissociate themselves from those novels which are mere reflections of the vast consumer cultures of Tokyo and the subcultures of the world at large.
All literature is political.
The amateur is very rare in French literature – as rare as he is common in our own.
Tardiness in literature can make me nervous.
Given the devaluation of literature and of the study of foreign languages per se in the United States, as well as the preponderance of theory over text in graduate literature studies, creative writing programs keep literature courses populated.
Traditional therapy focuses on the individual, looking at our unconscious motivation, etc.. Then there are family-systems theories that focus on the family as a unit, a single organism. ‘Codes of Love’ integrates both. It’s a firm review of the literature and a new blending of very important skills.
Delicacy – a sad, sad false delicacy – robs literature of the two best things among its belongings: Family-circle narratives and obscene stories
Facts are not science – as the dictionary is not literature.
Martin H. Fischer
Just why I sent it to the publishers would be hard to say, but when I had finished it I felt that it was literature, because it is real and because it was well written. And I know that the world wants such things.
Journalism is literature in a hurry.
Literature is always trying to show other parts of this immense universe in which we live. It’s endless. I’m sure there will be other writers who will discover new worlds.
The concept of industry domination of regulatory agencies was well known and documented in the literature by the 1960s.
Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature.
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Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac.
We are trying to teach literature and literacy in a society which doesn’t value it any more.
Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.
A great speech is literature.
Literature is about as unnecessarily necessarily as tableware or ironed shirts.
SF is the literature of the theoretically possible, and F is the literature of the impossible.
Every man is a borrower and a mimic, life is theatrical and literature a quotation
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It seems to me that an author who has determined very new domains in literature is Gertrude Stein.
Literature precedes genre.
Don’t ask to live in tranquil times. Literature doesn’t grow there.
Rita Mae Brown
What hadn’t been realized in the literature until now is that merely to describe how severely something has been tested in the past itself embodies inductive assumptions, even as a statement about the past.
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Literature is the question minus the answer.
Literature is without proofs. By which it must be understood that it cannot prove, not only what it says, but even that it is worth the trouble of saying it.
Studying literature at Harvard is like learning about women at the Mayo clinic.
Roy Blount Jr.
This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers: they treat the text as a part of themselves, as a possession.
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.
Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.
Every man’s work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
The thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper – whether little or great, it belongs to Literature.
Sarah Orne Jewett
Postmodernism cost literature its audience.
He taught me literature, and he actually taught me how to read. He was my personal mentor.
When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man’s name live for thousands of years. But above this level, far above, separated by an abyss, is the level where the highest things are achieved. These things are essentially anonymous.
In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman
If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can’t do this.
When you read the psychedelic literature, there is a distinction between the so-called natural psychedelics and synthetic psychedelics that are artificially produced.
I think the writing of literature should give pleasure. What else should it be about? It is not nuclear physics. It actually has to give pleasure or it is worth nothing.
There are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature.
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All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool. The reader will like the book to the degree that he agrees with the writer about what’s cool.
Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
T. S. Eliot
There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write
Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science.
Thomas Henry Huxley
Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
I’ve been missing Japanese literature so much of late.
The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it.
It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
This is not writing at all. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant.
The thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper whether little or great, it belongs to Literature.
Literature should not be suppressed merely because it offends the moral code of the censor.
William O. Douglas
Take the sum of human achievement in action, in science, in art, in literature — subtract the work of the men above forty, and while we should miss great treasurers, even priceless treasures, we would practically be where we are today. . . . The effective, moving, vitalizing work of the world is done between the ages of twenty-five and forty.