Literature Quotes

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.

Thornton Wilder

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

Ezra Pound

Literature is the question minus the answer.

Roland Barthes

Literature is news that stays news.

Ezra Pound

The difference between journalism and literature is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.

Oscar Wilde

A great literature is chiefly the product of inquiring minds in revolt against the immovable certainties of the nation.

H L Mencken

Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments

Isaac Asimov

I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.

John Steinbeck

Romance is the poetry of literature.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Works of art and literature should promote humans to reflection. A revolutionary perspective should be evoked and a changing societal awakening formulated in the human mind mired in tradition, myth and many kinds of falsehoods. They demand a form of changing social awakening.

Vellupillai Pirapakaran

Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on.

William M. Kucmierowski

I grew up to be indifferent to the distinction between literature and science, which in my teens were simply two languages for experience that I learned together.

Jacob Bronowski

Plot involves fragmentary reality, and it might involve composite reality. Fragmentary reality is the view of the individual. Composite reality is the community or state view. Fragmentary reality is always set against composite reality. Virginia Woolf did this by creating fragmentary monologues and for a while this was all the rage in literature. She was a genius. In the hands of the merely talented it came off like gibberish.

Rita Mae Brown

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

Barbara W. Tuchman
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