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The great Creator to revereMust sure become the creature;But still the preaching cant forbear,And ev'n the rigid feature:Yet ne'er with wits profane to rangeBe complaisance extended;An atheist laugh's a poor exchangeFor deity offended. - Epistle to a Young Friend, An.

Robert Burns Quotes

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Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

Barbara W. Tuchman Quotes

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What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.

E. M. Forster Quotes

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Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Essays--Memoirs of the Life of Scott

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Literary Men are . . . a perpetual priesthood.

Thomas Carlyle Quotes , Source: Essays--State of German Literature

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But, indeed, we prefer books to pounds; and we love manuscripts better than florins; and we prefer small pamphlets to war horses.

Isaac D'Israeli Quotes , Source: Curiosities of Literature--Pamphlets

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Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth.

Isaac D'Israeli Quotes , Source: Literary Character of Men of Genius (ch. XXIV)

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Republic of letters.

Henry Fielding Quotes , Source: Tom Jones (bk. XIV, ch. I)

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All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called "Huckleberry Finn."

Ernest Hemingway Quotes , Source: Green Hills of Africa

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It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.

Ernest Hemingway Quotes , Source: Green Hills of Africa

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The death of Dr. Hudson is a loss to the republick of letters.

William King Quotes , Source: Letter

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. . . A man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world.

Thomas Babington Macaulay Quotes , Source: On Sir William Temple

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The republic of letters. [Fr., La republique des lettres.]

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere Quotes , Source: Le Mariage force (sc. 6)

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There is first the literature of knowledge, and secondly, the literature of power. The function of the first is--to teach; the function of the second is--to move, the first is a rudder, the second an oar or a sail. The first speaks to the mere discursive understanding; the second speaks ultimately, it may happen, to the higher understanding or reason, but always through affections of pleasure and sympathy. - Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater"),

Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater") Quotes , Source: Essays on the Poets--Alexander Pope

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The fashion of liking Racine will pass away like that of coffee. [Fr., La mode d'aimer Racine passera comme la mode du cafe.]

Mme. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal de Sevigne Quotes , Source: according to Voltaire, "Letters", Jan 29, 1690, connecting two of her remarks to make one

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Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness.

Georges Simenon Quotes , Source: in an interview, in the "Paris Review"

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We cultivate literature on a little oat-meal.

Sydney Smith Quotes , Source: Lady Holland's Memoir (vol. I, p. 23)

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The great Cham of literature. (Samuel Johnson)

Tobias George Smollett Quotes , Source: Letter to Wilkes

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People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with the bad.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.

Cyril Connolly Quotes

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Only two classes of books are of universal appeal. The very best and the very worst.

Ford Madox Ford Quotes

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People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.

Chinua Achebe Quotes

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For whatever is truly wondrous and fearful in man, never yet was put into words or books.

Herman Melville Quotes

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