Literature Quotes

In general, in poetry and literature, I am among those people who believe that too much is indispensable.
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
Literature should not be surpressed merely because it affects the moral code of the censor.
William Orville Douglas

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be grasped at once.
Cyril Connolly
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
Lionel trilling - literature is the human activity that takes the...

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
Virginia Woolf
The affair between Margot Asquith and Margot Asquith will live as one of the prettiest love stories in all literature.
Dorothy Parke
Clive staples lewis - even in literature and art, no man who bothers...
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 Kelle
It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music, and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie within the human spirit - - Enable them to see visions and dream dreams.
Eric Anderson
Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is always crude and distorted.
Ellen Glasgow
The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood.
John Burroughs, The Snow - Walkers
Develop interest in life as you see it in people, things, literature, music - The world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Henry Mille
Literature is news that stays news.
Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading (1934) chapter 8
In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
Andre Maurois
The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.
Gustave Flaubert
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the sense shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
Hellen Kelle
Proverbs are the literature of reason, or the statements of absolute truth, without qualification. Like the sacred books of each nation, they are the sanctuary of its intuitions.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Literature is a luxury fiction is a necessity.
G. K. Chesterton
Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.
Isaac Asimov
We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
T. S. Eliot
Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - The world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Henry Mille
The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood.
John Burroughs
We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts, have their root in Greece.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.
Barbara Tuchman
But what is the difference between literature and journalism? ... Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.
Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891
What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.
George Bernard Shaw
Literature... is the rediscovery of childhood.
Georges Bataille
My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably.
George Bernard Shaw
To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.
George Washington
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Virginia Woolf
Our American professors like their literature clear, cold, pure and very dead.
Sinclair Lewis
We pass the word around we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry we meditate over the literature we play the music we change our minds we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.
Lewis Thomas
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.
Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise (1938)
Studying literature at Harvard is like learning about women at the Mayo Clinic.
Roy Blount Jr.
Sigmund Freud was a half baked Viennese quack. Our literature, culture, and the the films of Woody Allen would be better today if Freud had never written a word.
Ian Shoales
But what is the difference between literature and journalism... Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.
Oscar Wilde
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Henry David Thoreau
We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.
Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail (1979)