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Literature Quotes

153 Literature quotes:

"Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac."
"Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature."
"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."
Author: Butler Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"Literature is my utopia"
Author: Keller Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"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."
"In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it."
Author: Shaw Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"Literature should stand by itself, of itself, and for itself."
Author: Dickens Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas!"
"Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep."
"How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him."
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn."
"The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read"
Author: Wilde Quotes Category: Literature Quotes Journalism Quotes
"The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important, since there is nothing new to be said. Shakespeare, Balzac, Homer have all written about the same things, and if they had lived one thousand or two thousand years longer, the publishers wouldn't have needed anyone since."
"What is not in the open street is false, derived, that is to say, literature."
"I am fit for nothing but literature."
Author: Keats Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with the bad."
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"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."
"Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature."
"Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man."

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