Quotations on Literature

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With Dick Smith there, and the words of Peter Shaffer... they've got to be the most beautiful descriptions in music ever written on film or in literature. And we could hear the music accompanying the words... What more can you ask for?
- F. Murray Abraham
(Keywords: Music, Film, Literature, Words)

I understand that postmodern literature probably means people like DeLillo, The Fiction Collective, but I don't get it that those writers are really influenced by postmodern theorists.
- Kathy Acker
(Keywords: People, Fiction, Literature, Writers)

Few are there that will leave the secure seclusion of the scholar's life, the peaceful walks of literature and learning, to stand out a target for the criticism of unkind and hostile minds.
- Felix Adler
(Keywords: Life, Criticism, Learning, Literature, Will)

When we were making the law, when we were writing the literature and the mathematics the grandfarthers of Blair and little Bush were scratching around in caves.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf
(Keywords: Law, Literature, Mathematics, Writing)

Allen Ginsberg was a world authority on the writing of William Blake, and had an incredible knowledge of classic literature and world politics.
- David Amram
(Keywords: Politics, Knowledge, Authority, Literature, World, Writing)

Like most kids growing up, I had a very wide interest. I was interested in everything. I tried to take advantage of everything, from the sciences to music to writing to literature.
- Michael P. Anderson
(Keywords: Music, Growing up, Interest, Kids, Literature, Writing)

There is a broad cultural current that conveys the idea that a film is like a football team, it represents a nation, it is illustrated literature, filmed radio. These are outdated concepts, totally out of touch with today's realities.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Keywords: Idea, Film, Football, Literature, Nation, Today)

No one bothered reading the books and understanding - and again, I'm not being high-falutin' about it - but I think our books are great literature with great metaphors of real life dealing with fears and hopes.
- Avi Arad
(Keywords: Life, Being, Books, Literature, Metaphors, Reading, Understanding)

For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur, the power of the man and the power of the moment, and the man is not enough without the moment.
- Matthew Arnold
(Keywords: Power, Creation, Literature, Man)

We must wash literature off ourselves. We want to be men above all, to be human.
- Antonin Artaud
(Keywords: Men, Literature, Want)

Literature is air, and I'm suffocating in mediocrity.
- Armand Assante
(Keywords: Literature, Mediocrity)

The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.
- Margaret Atwood
(Keywords: Answers, Literature, Questions)

At this point we've answered about every question you could possibly imagine about Deep Space Nine, so we do this thing called Theatrical Jazz, where we do a show of bits and pieces of things from plays and literature, poetry... stuff that we like. It's fun.
- Rene Auberjonois
(Keywords: Poetry, Deep, Fun, Jazz, Literature, Question, Space)

There are those who believe we have need of more literature, of a large international publishing house, of a great peace newspaper, or the like. I am rather skeptical about this idea.
- Fredrik Bajer
(Keywords: Peace, Idea, Literature, Publishing)

When the drama attains a characterization which makes the play a revelation of human conduct and a dialogue which characterizes yet pleases for itself, we reach dramatic literature.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Drama, Literature, Play)

The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Actor, Desire, Instinct, Literature, Pleasure)

Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.
- J. G. Ballard
(Keywords: Science, Fiction, Literature, Reality)

I began as a boy with artistic talent... as a visual artist... I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens drifted into reading serious literature.
- Russell Banks
(Keywords: Talent, Thought, Artist, Literature, Reading)

Literature is the question minus the answer.
- Roland Barthes
(Keywords: Literature, Question)

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.
- Roland Barthes
(Keywords: Literature, Saying, Trouble, Worth)

There's a wealth of literature out there which, hopefully, will be, you know, exploded in the future, and I personally find it very rewarding to be involved with classic storytelling, and sort of legendary characters.
- Sean Bean
(Keywords: Wealth, Future, Literature, Will)

Great literature must spring from an upheaval in the author's soul. If that upheaval is not present then it must come from the works of any other author which happens to be handy and easily adapted.
- Robert Benchley
(Keywords: Soul, Literature, Present, Spring)

The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.
- Hugh Blair
(Keywords: Bible, Literature, Purity, Style)

What matters in literature in the end is surely the idiosyncratic, the individual, the flavor or the color of a particular human suffering.
- Harold Bloom
(Keywords: End, Literature, Suffering)

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)

If you say city to people, people have no problem thinking of the city as rife with problematic, screwed-up people, but if you say suburbs - and I'm not the first person to say this, it's been said over and over again in literature - there's a sense of normalcy.
- Eric Bogosian
(Keywords: People, First, Literature, Sense, Thinking)

The knowledge of languages was very useful. I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature.
- Emma Bonino
(Keywords: Knowledge, Literature, University)

The force of the advertising word and image dwarfs the power of other literature in the 20th century.
- Daniel J. Boorstin
(Keywords: Power, Advertising, Force, Literature, Word)

In the order of literature, as in others, there is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects.
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Keywords: Act, Causes, Infinite, Literature, Order)

A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.
- George Borrow
(Keywords: Literature, Losing, Trade)

That a literature in our time is living is shown in that way that it debates problems.
- Georg Brandes
(Keywords: Time, Literature, Living, Problems)

Bad literature is a form of treason.
- Joseph Brodsky
(Keywords: Literature, Treason)

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
(Keywords: Life, Work, Literature, World)

Literature is my calling To hold up the mirror to my countrymen comes natural to me; and in the open field of invention I am not without hopes of giving them pleasure.
- Thomas Edward Brown
(Keywords: Giving, Invention, Literature, Open, Pleasure)

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.
- Anatole Broyard
(Keywords: Love, American, Literature, Nostalgia, Paradoxes, Writers)

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.
- Steven Brust
(Keywords: Literature, Will, Writer)

For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.
- Thomas Bulfinch
(Keywords: Happiness, Virtue, Literature, Mythology)

Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated.
- Thomas Bulfinch
(Keywords: Knowledge, Language, Literature, Mythology)

The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.
- Augusten Burroughs
(Keywords: Life, Work, Being, Future, Literature, Study, Writer, Writing)

Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Architecture, Music, Work, Literature, Man)

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)

Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet, historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, believes a struggle only makes a person stronger.
- Michael N. Castle
(Keywords: African, American, Civil rights, Famous, Literature, Struggle)

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.
- Willa Cather
(Keywords: Literature, Mind, Years)

Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
- John Cheever
(Keywords: Despair, Literature, Lovers, Salvation, World)

What I am going to write is the last of what I have to say. I will say that literature is the only consciousness we possess and that its role as consciousness must inform us of our ability to comprehend the hideous danger of nuclear power.
- John Cheever
(Keywords: Power, Ability, Consciousness, Danger, Literature, Will)

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
- Anton Chekhov
(Keywords: Wife, Literature, Medicine, Night)

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
(Keywords: Fiction, Literature, Luxury, Necessity)

The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
- Jean Cocteau
(Keywords: Literature, Order)

Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature.
- Jean Cocteau
(Keywords: Effect, Job, Light, Literature, Originality, Rest, Spontaneity, Youth)

There are works of literature whose influence is strong but indirect because it is mediated through the whole of the culture rather than immediately through imitation. Wordsworth is the case that comes to mind.
- J. M. Coetzee
(Keywords: Culture, Imitation, Influence, Literature, Mind)



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