Literature Quotes


174 Literature quotes:



"It is a good lesson --though it may often be a hard one --for a man who has dreamed of literary fame, and of making for himself a rank among the world's dignitaries by such means, to step aside out of the narrow circle in which his claims are recognized, and to find how utterly devoid of all significance, beyond that circle, is all that he achieves, and all he aims at."
"It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature."
Author: James Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"There was a time when the average reader read a novel simply for the moral he could get out of it, and however nanve that may have been, it was a good deal less nanve than some of the limited objectives he has now. Today novels are considered to be entirely concerned with the social or economic or psychological forces that they will by necessity exhibit, or with those details of daily life that are for the good novelist only means to some deeper end."
"The existence of good bad literature --the fact that one can be amused or excited or even moved by a book that one's intellect simply refuses to take seriously --is a reminder that art is not the same thing as cerebration."
Author: Orwell Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"Literature is a defense against the attacks of life. It says to life: ''You can't deceive me. I know your habits, foresee and enjoy watching all your reactions, and steal your secret by involving you in cunning obstructions that halt your normal flow.''"
Author: Pavese Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"The only privilege literature deserves -- and this privilege it requires in order to exist -- is the privilege of being in the arena of discourse, the place where the struggle of our languages can be acted out."
Author: Rushdie Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"Literature that is not the breath of contemporary society, that dares not transmit the pains and fears of that society, that does not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers -- such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a fatade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as wastepaper instead of being read."
"How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?"
Author: Stevens Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"Any historian of the literature of the modern age will take virtually for granted the adversary intention, the actually subversive intention, that characterizes modern writing -- he will perceive its clear purpose of detaching the reader from the habits of thought and feeling that the larger culture imposes, of giving him a ground and a vantage point from which to judge and condemn, and perhaps revise, the culture that produces him."
"Literature is the human activity that make the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty."
"For profit would I all his lust endure"
Author: Chaucer Quotes Category: Literature Quotes
"Literature is the orchestration of platitudes."
"Herman Melville was as separated from a civilized literature as the lost Atlantis was said to have been from the great peoples of the earth."
"Hawthorne has given us a tradition that some people refer to as Yankee Magic Realism, and I do think there is a certain quality to the landscape that definitely leads into the dark woods."


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