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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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The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

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Literature is the question minus the answer.

Roland Barthes 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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A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.

Italo Calvino Quotes

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Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions.

John Morley Quotes

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To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature.

Ernst Fischer Quotes

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Learning why one great book is just like every other great book is the key to understanding literature

John Moschitta Quotes

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Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn Quotes

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Literature is news that stays news.

Ezra Pound Quotes

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All literature is gossip.

Truman Capote Quotes

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Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.

Jules Renard Quotes

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Literature is the immortality of speech.

August Wilhelm Von Schlegel Quotes

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To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.

Alvin Toffler Quotes

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