192 Total Quotes

Literature Quotes

Alexis de Tocqueville, ,
By and large the literature of a democracy will never exhibit the order, regularity, skill, and art characteristic of aristocratic literature; formal qualities will be neglected or actually despised. The style will often be strange, incorrect, overburdened, and loose, and almost always strong and bold. Writers will be more anxious to work quickly than to perfect details. Short works will be commoner than long books, wit than erudition, imagination than depth. There will be a rude and untutored vigor of thought with great variety and singular fecundity. Authors will strive to astonish more than to please, and to stir passions rather than to charm taste.
Alexis de Tocqueville, ,
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Literature has always had its circus side, its freaks and its frivolities - and maybe that's all part of it, and no bad thing if it draws people towards what is most worthwhile.
Alain Botton
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Oscar Wilde
Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature.
Oscar Wilde
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Milan Kundera
The present era grabs everything that was ever written in order to transform it into films, TV programs; or cartoons. What is essential in a novel is precisely what can only be expressed in a novel, and so every adaptation contains nothing but the non-essential. If a person is still crazy enough to write novels nowadays and wants to protect them, he has to write them in such a way that they cannot be adapted, in other words, in such a way that they cannot be retold.
Milan Kundera
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One of the main purposes is to explain why the studies found in the literature have such divergent results.
Alexander Farrell
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Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.
John Newman
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Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society . . . loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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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.
Salman Rushdie
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Literature and Society in the First Modern Period, 321 B.C. - A.D. 235,
Joseph Farrell
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We are trying to teach literature and literacy in a society which doesn't value it any more.
Paul Thomson
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In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read.
I. Hayakawa
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The only privilege literature deserves - and this privilege it requires in order to exist - is the privilege of being in the arena of discourse, the place where the struggle of our languages can be acted out.
Salman Rushdie
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I'm thinking of reading something by chef Paul Prudhomme. It's a reading of all kinds of Southern literature.
Alice Hoffman
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The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it
Elizabeth Drew
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Samuel Butler
Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or anything else, is always a portrait of himself, and the more he tries to conceal himself the more clearly will his character appear in spite of him.
Samuel Butler
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Antoine de Saint-Exupery
There is a cheap literature that speaks to us of the need of escape. It is true that when we travel we are in search of distance. But distance is not to be found. It melts away. And escape has never led anywhere. The moment a man finds that he must play the races, go the Arctic, or make war in order to feel himself alive, that man has begin to spin the strands that bind him to other men and to the world. But what wretched strands! A civilization that is really strong fills man to the brim, though he never stir. What are we worth when motionless, is the question.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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The function of literature, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive.
Lionel Trilling
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This is a book written by someone obsessed, stricken and deeply loving. There is nothing like it in literature.
Andrew Motion
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A literary movement consists of five or six people who live in the same town and hate each other cordially.
George Moore
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Helen Keller
Literature is my utopia
Helen Keller
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Helen Keller
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
Helen Keller
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In science, read by preference the newest works. In literature, read the oldest. The classics are always modern.
Amy Lowell
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George Bernard Shaw
In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.
George Bernard Shaw
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The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good.
Robert Graves
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Sathya Baba
Literature is a term that cannot be applied to writings or poems that reel off tales that are false. It should not emerge from the egotistic fancies of the individual.
Sathya Baba
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They know where the people are. But what are they doing for the people they're handing the literature to?
Gene Russianoff
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We are concerned that literature has been found in American mosques that has a message that is not tolerant, and we hope the people of Saudi Arabia will work with us as we try to deal with this issue,
Saudi Arabia
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A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.
Georg Lichtenberg
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A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.
George Borrow
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