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173 Literature Quotes

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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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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A poet is someone who is astonished by everything.

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

Anon. Quotes

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All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them.

Richard Hughes 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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When I give a lecture, I accept that people look at their watches, but what I do not tolerate is when they look at it and raise it to their ear to find out if it stopped.

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Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G. K. Chesterton Quotes

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The essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything.

Aldous Huxley Quotes

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One learns little more about a man from his feats of literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal.

Frank Moore Colby Quotes

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