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173 Literature Quotes

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.

Ezra Pound Quotes

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Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse.

Joseph Roux Quotes

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A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.

Stendhal Quotes

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Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of a man -- the biography of the man himself cannot be written.

Mark Twain Quotes

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Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.

Jessamyn West Quotes

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In the history of literature there are many great enduring works which were not published in the lifetimes of the authors. If the authors had not achieved self-affirmation while writing, how could they have continued to write? - Nobel Lecture 2000.

Gao Xingjian Quotes

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English literature is a kind of training in social ethics. English trains you to handle a body of information in a way that is conducive to action.

Marilyn Butler Quotes

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In our day the conventional element in literature is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.

Northrop Frye Quotes

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Perish those who said our good things before we did.

Donatus Quotes

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Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

John Cotton Dana Quotes

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Education is the state-controlled manufacture of echoes.

Alexandre Dumas Fils Quotes

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Beneath the rule of men entirely great, / The pen is mightier than the sword.

G. K. Chesterton Quotes

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After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.

Montesquieu Quotes

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Yet ah! why should they know their fate?Since sorrow never comes too late,And happiness too swiftly flies.Thought would destroy their paradise.No more; where ignorance is bliss,'Tis folly to be wise. - Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College.

Thomas Gray Quotes

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Literature is a power to be possessed, not a body of objects to be studied.

Anon. Quotes

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I can find my biography in every fable that I read.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Just as it is true that a stream cannot rise above its source, so it is true that a national literature cannot rise above the moral level of the social conditions of the people from whom it derives its inspiration.

James Connolly Quotes

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We read poetry because the poets, like ourselves, have been haunted by the inescapable tyranny of time and death; have suffered the pain of loss, and the more wearing, continuous pain of frustration and failure; and have had moods of unlooked-for release and peace. They have known and watched in themselves and others.

Elizabeth Drew Quotes

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The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.

James Fenton Quotes

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For the high achievers, studying gave them the pleasing, absorbing challenge o flow 40 percent of the hours they spent at it. But for low achievers, studying produced flow only 16 percent of the time; more often that not, it yielded anxiety, with the demands outreaching their abilities.

Daniel Goleman Quotes

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A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation.

Howard Crosby Quotes

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There is no human reason why a child should not admire and emulate his teacher's ability to do sums, rather than the village bum's ability to whittle sticks and smoke cigarettes. The reason why the child does not is plain enough -- the bum has put himself on an equality with him and the teacher has not.

Floyd Dell Quotes

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The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

Robertson Davies Quotes

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University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.

Bob Perelman Quotes

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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

G. K. Chesterton Quotes

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