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.
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.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others
Literature is the immortality of speech
Bad literature is a form of treason.
Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.
Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth.
Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions.
To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature.
Contemporary literature can be classified under three headings: the neurotic, the erotic and the tommy-rotic.
The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
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.
Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.
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.
In literature imitations do not imitate
Any literature, when it arrives at being good literature, transcends genre.
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.
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.
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.
The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.
Myth is at the beginning of literature, and also at its end.
Imprecision is tolerable and verisimilar in literature, because we always tend towards it in life.
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