Literature Quotes

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G K Chesterton

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

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

Iris Murdoch

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

AndrČ Maurois

Literature is analysis after the event.

Doris Lessing

Literature is my utopia.

Helen Keller

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

Joseph Roux

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

Walter Savage Landor

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

Dean William R. Inge

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

C.S. Lewis

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

Virginia Woolf

Literature is the immortality of speech

August Wilhelm von Schlegel

Bad literature is a form of treason.

Joseph Brodsky

Contemporary literature can be classified under three headings: the neurotic, the erotic and the tommy-rotic.

W. Giese

The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.

Stephen Leacock

The liveliness of literature lies in its exceptionality, in being the individual, idiosyncratic vision of one human being, in which, to our delight and great surprise, we may find our own vision reflected.

Salman Rushdie

Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.

D. H. Lawrence

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.

Robert Louis Stevenson

In literature imitations do not imitate

Mark Twain

Of these two literatures, as of the intellect of Europe in general, the main effort, for now many years, has been a critical effort; the endeavour, in all branches of knowledge theology, philosophy, history, art, science to see the object as in itself it really is.

Matthew Arnold

When an Englishman has professed his belief in the supremacy of Shakespeare amongst all poets, he feels himself excused from the general study of literature. He also feels himself excused from the particular study of Shakespeare.

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley

Sapper, Buchan, Dornford Yates, practitioners in that school of Snobbery with Violence that runs like a thread of good-class tweed through twentieth-century literature.

Alan Bennett

The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.

Hugh Blair

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