Literature Quotes

Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.

Nelson Algren

Bad literature is a form of treason.

Joseph Brodsky

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others

Virginia Woolf

Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.

Salman Rushdie

Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.

Dean William R. Inge

Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition.

Walter Savage Landor

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

Joseph Roux

Literature is my utopia.

Helen Keller

Literature is analysis after the event.

Doris Lessing

In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people.

AndrČ Maurois

Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.

Iris Murdoch

The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.

Anatole France

The trade of critic, in literature, music, and the drama, is the most degraded of all trades

Mark Twain

Again, both literature and philosophy work by appealing to certain reigning idols.

Morris Raphael Cohen

Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left.

Robert Lynd

Every man's memory is his private literature.

Aldous Huxley

In literature and art memory is a synonyme for invention. It is the life-blood of imagination, which faints and dies when the veins are empty.

Robert Aris Willmott

The rest, called literature, is a dossier of human imbecility for the guidance of future professors.

Tristan Tzara

When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language

James Earl Jones

The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul

Thomas Moore

History without politics descends to mere Literature.

Sir John Robert Seely

I've often been accused of making anthropology into literature, but anthropology is also field research. Writing is central to it.

Clifford Geertz

Writing in my sixty-fourth year, I can truthfully say that since I reached the age of discretion I have consistently drunk more than most people would say is good for me. Nor did I regret it. Wine has been for me a firm friend and a wise counselor. Often...wine has shown me matters in their true perspective, and has, as though by the touch of a magic wand, reduced great disasters to small inconveniences. Wine has lit up for me the pages of literature and revealed in life romance lurking in the commonplace. Wine has made me bold but not foolish; has induced me to say silly things but not to do them.

Duff Cooper

Writing in my sixty-fourth year, I can truthfully say that since I reached the age of discretion I have consistently drunk more than most people would say is good for me. Nor did I regret it. Wine has been for me a firm friend and a wise counsellor. Often...wine has shown me matters in their true perspective, and has, as though by the touch of a magic wand, reduced great disasters to small inconveniences. Wine has lit up for me the pages of literature, and revealed in life romance lurking in the commonplace. Wine has made me bold but not foolish; has induced me to say silly things but not to do them.

Duff Cooper
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