Literature Quotes

We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts, have their root in Greece.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)

Depend upon it, after all, Thomas, Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man. For my own part, there is no seducing me from the path.
Edgar Allan Poe, From a letter to Frederick W. Thomas (February 14, 1849).
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 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
Ellen glasgow - violence commands both literature and life, and...

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
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
G. k. chesterton - literature is a luxury fiction is a necessity....
Studying literature at Harvard is like learning about women at the Mayo Clinic.
Roy Blount Jr.
Literature is the human activity that takes the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.
Lionel Trilling
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
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Virginia Woolf
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
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
There are three things men can do with women love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature.
Stephen Stills
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
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
Literature is news that stays news.
Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading (1934) chapter 8
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
Virginia Woolf
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
Our American professors like their literature clear, cold, pure and very dead.
Sinclair Lewis
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
Elizabeth Drew
This duality has been reflected in classical as well as modern literature as reason versus passion, or mind and the unconscious. There are moments in each of our lives when our verbal - Intellect suggests one course, and our heart or intuition, another.
Robert
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 Stephenson
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)
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
Literature should not be surpressed merely because it affects the moral code of the censor.
William Orville Douglas
In general, in poetry and literature, I am among those people who believe that too much is indispensable.
Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
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
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
But what is the difference between literature and journalism... Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.
Oscar Wilde
To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.
George Washington
The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as in a perpetual orgy.
Gustave Flaubert
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
The affair between Margot Asquith and Margot Asquith will live as one of the prettiest love stories in all literature.
Dorothy Parke
Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
Thornton
The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - - when it begins to ignore the passions, the motions - - It becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
Isaac Bashevis Singe
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