Literature Quotes

The crown of literature is poetry.

William Somerset Maugham

Literature is the Thought of thinking Souls.

Thomas Carlyle

Never pursue literature as a trade.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

H L Mencken

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

Oscar Wilde

Literature is news that stays news.

Ezra Pound

Literature is the question minus the answer.

Roland Barthes

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

Ezra Pound

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.

Thornton Wilder

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose

Margaret Atwood

It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression

Alfred North Whitehead

Literature is the denunciation of the times in which one lives.

Camilo Jose Cela

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once

Cyril Connolly

Literature is a comprehensive essence of the intellectual life of a nation.

William Shakespeare

Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.

Thomas Carlyle

Any literature, when it arrives at being good literature, transcends genre.

Vanna Bonta

Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.

John Cheever

Despite your best efforts, you could not invent a better police force for literature than criticism and the authors own conscience.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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

Nelson Algren

Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth.

Isaac D'Israeli

Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions.

John Morley

To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature.

Ernst Fischer

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

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Updated On : April 17, 2014
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