Quotations on Literary

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The literary culture, if you examine it, the high literary culture is that which preserves the government and you know it's really the talk for those who have.
- Kathy Acker
(Keywords: Government, Culture, Literary, Talk)

For several centuries what has passed for song in literary circles was any text that looked like the lyrics for a commonplace melodic setting.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Literary, Song)

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull.
- Louis Auchincloss
(Keywords: Genius, Danger, Literary, Will)

Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
- W. H. Auden
(Keywords: Poetry, American, Aristocracy, Literary, Responsibility)

We had literary references, so we knew what we were talking about. We could quote things, talk about books we'd read; you can say something, you don't have to explain it.
- Kevin Ayers
(Keywords: Books, Literary, Talk, Talking)

These were all middle-class kids from literary backgrounds, joining this sort of train going by, this pop train, jumping on. Whereas the rest of the rock scene, you'll find that there's mostly working-class people.
- Kevin Ayers
(Keywords: People, Kids, Literary, Rest)

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
- Gaston Bachelard
(Keywords: Imagination, Books, Literary, Writer)

A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader; the role of the editor is to mediate.
- John Barton
(Keywords: Literary, Writer)

It took me fifty years to deal with the Holocaust at all. And I did it in a literary way.
- Leonard Baskin
(Keywords: Literary, Years)

It must inquire not merely about the circumstances of the time in general, but in particular about the writer's position with regard to these things, the interests and motives, the leading ideas of his literary activity.
- Ferdinand Christian Baur
(Keywords: Time, Ideas, Circumstances, Leading, Literary, Motives, Writer)

I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing, Literary and Dramatic.
- Shelley Berman
(Keywords: Humor, Literary, Teaching, Writing)

I would say that there is no future for literary studies as such in the United States.
- Harold Bloom
(Keywords: Future, Literary, states, United)

I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress, even as regards the literary scene.
- Harold Bloom
(Keywords: Progress, Literary, Myths)

The world gets older, without getting either better or worse and so does literature. But I do think that the drab current phenomenon that passes for literary studies in the university will finally provide its own corrective.
- Harold Bloom
(Keywords: Literary, Literature, University, Will, World)

It is the growth of advertising in this country which, more than any single element, has brought the American magazine to its present enviable position in points of literary, illustrative and mechanical excellence.
- Edward Bok
(Keywords: Growth, Advertising, American, Country, Excellence, Literary, Present)

Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It's literary suicide.
- Erma Bombeck
(Keywords: Literary, Suicide)

Me, my literary reputation is mostly abroad, but I am anchored here in New York. I can't think of any other place I'd rather die than here.
- Harold Brodkey
(Keywords: Literary, Reputation)

Today, there are more opportunities for writers in terms of access to larger success, but it's more difficult to publish a literary novel in the lower ranges. In other words, you almost have to hit a home run. You can hit a triple, maybe, but nobody's interested in a single.
- James Lee Burke
(Keywords: Home, Success, Literary, Today, Words, Writers)

They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Power, Literary, Man, Name)

My literary success meant nothing to me.
- Taylor Caldwell
(Keywords: Success, Literary, Nothing)

So much of literary sci-fi is about creating worlds that are rich and detailed and make sense at a social level. We'll create a world for people and then later present a narrative in that world.
- James Cameron
(Keywords: People, Literary, Present, Sense, World)

There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Men, Discovery, Literary, Literature, Quantity)

When I was in college, I was the editor of the literary magazine and insisted neither the editors nor the writers be specifically identified-only our student numbers appeared on the title page. I love that idea and still do.
- Jonathan Carroll
(Keywords: Love, Idea, College, Editors, Literary, Numbers, Writers)

All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.
- John Cheever
(Keywords: Life, Men, Society, Fans, Literary, Yankee)

The more melancholy side of my literary personality is much in tune with BS Johnson's.
- Jonathan Coe
(Keywords: Literary, Melancholy, Personality)

That has always seemed to me one of the stranger aspects of literary fame: you prove your competence as a writer and an inventor of stories, and then people clamour for you to make speeches and tell them what you think about the world.
- J. M. Coetzee
(Keywords: People, Competence, Literary, World, Writer)

One learns little more about a man from the feats of his literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.
- Frank Moore Colby
(Keywords: canal, Literary, Man, Memory)

As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Action, Friends, Literary, Man, Passion)

People aren't used to thinking of cultural forms spreading out across the full range of formal interactions - or what is called the "text" in literary terms.
- Tony Conrad
(Keywords: People, Literary, Thinking)

To understand a literary style, consider what it omits.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Literary, Style)

Every literary critic believes he will outwit history and have the last word.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: History, Literary, Will, Word)

First literature came to refer only to itself, the literary theory.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: First, Literary, Literature, Theory)

If a literary man puts together two words about music, one of them will be wrong.
- Aaron Copland
(Keywords: Music, Literary, Man, Will, Words, Wrong)

Anybody who comes to the cinema is bringing they're whole sexual history, their literary history, their movie literacy, their culture, their language, their religion, whatever they've got. I can't possibly manipulate all of that, nor do I want to.
- David Cronenberg
(Keywords: History, Religion, Cinema, Culture, Language, Literary, Want)

You have to remember that in addition to running a literary agency, I am also an ebook publisher.
- Richard Curtis
(Keywords: Literary, Running)

We now open our mail with gloves and mask, though I can't imagine why anyone would target a literary agency!
- Richard Curtis
(Keywords: Literary, Mail, Now, Open)

Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself.
- Robertson Davies
(Keywords: Art, Belief, Literary, Spirit)

I was editor of my high school literary magazine and a reporter for the school newspaper.
- Jeffery Deaver
(Keywords: Literary, School)

Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic, obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes.
- Leon Edel
(Keywords: Eyes, Literary, Necessity)

A key to my thinking has always been the almost fanatical belief that what I was engaged in was a literary art form. That belief was compounded out of ego and necessity, I guess, a combination of the two.
- Will Eisner
(Keywords: Art, Belief, Ego, Key, Literary, Necessity, Thinking)

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Conviction, Literary, Production)

Excessive literary production is a social offense.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Literary, Production)

Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express.
- T. S. Eliot
(Keywords: Emotions, Literary, Will)

Ever since my youth it has disturbed me that of the literary works that survived their own epoch, so many dealt with historical rather than contemporary subjects.
- Lion Feuchtwanger
(Keywords: Literary, Youth)

Bridget Jones is part of literary lore now and actually to be a part of it is enormously flattering.
- Colin Firth
(Keywords: Literary, Now)

The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century.
- Ken Follett
(Keywords: Literary, Popular)

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
- Clifford Geertz
(Keywords: Anthropology, Criticism, Literary, Research)

When I became more involved in music, I had to give up some of my writing in the literary sense. However, on occasion, I would write something for my own pleasure or I would write notes and introductory remarks in the songbooks I put together.
- Tom Glazer
(Keywords: Music, Literary, Pleasure, Sense, Writing)

I have always loved reading, so was interested in the literary world, and took many literary portraits.
- Fay Godwin
(Keywords: Literary, Portraits, Reading, World)

Sex in a woman's world has the same currency a penny has in a man's. Every penny saved is a penny earned in one world and in the next every sexual adventure is a literary experience.
- Harry Golden
(Keywords: Experience, Sex, Adventure, Literary, Man, Woman, World)

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