Literature Quotes

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.

AndrĂˆ 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
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