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#1532 Oscar Wilde

Oh! journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read. .

Oscar Wilde Quotes about literature
#1747 Jean Paul Sartre

If literature isn’t everything, it’s not worth a single hour of someone’s trouble. .

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#8030 StanisЕ‚aw Lem

The whole sphere of cognitive and epistemological considerations was extremely important in my book and it was tightly coupled to the solaristic literature and to the essence of solaristics as such. Unfortunately, the film has been robbed of those qualities rather thoroughly. [...] .

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#8521 Samuel Johnson

The richest author that ever grazed the common of literature. .

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#8786 Samuel Johnson

Hawkesworth said of Johnson, "You have a memory that would convict any author of plagiarism in any court of literature in the world." .

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#12513 Dorothy Parker

A Pig's-Eye View of Literature: Oscar Wilde .

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#19899 E. M. Forster

It is now only in letters I write what I feel: not in literature any more, and I seldom say it, because I keep trying to be amusing. .

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#20125 Ernest Hemingway

All modern American literature comes from one book bycalled Huckleberry Finn... .

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#22503 Arundhati Roy

Literature is the opposite of a nuclear bomb. .

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#23522 Jorge Luis Borges

One literature differs from another, either before or after it, not so much because of the text as for the manner in which it is read. .

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#23526 Jorge Luis Borges

Literature is not exhaustible, for the sufficient and simple reason that a single book is not. A book is not an isolated entity: it is a narration, an axis of innumerable narrations. One literature differs from another, either before or after it, not so much because of the text as for the manner in which it is read. .

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#23530 Jorge Luis Borges

In the order of literature, as in others, there is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects. .

Jorge Luis Borges Quotes about literature
#23544 Jorge Luis Borges

Myth is at the beginning of literature, and also at its end. .

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#23629 Robert Louis Stevenson

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 Quotes about literature
#23720 George Santayana

The Bible is literature, not dogma. .

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#24807 John Keats

At once it struck me what quality went to form a man of achievement, especially in literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously — I mean negative capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason. .

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#29534 Edgar Allan Poe

It is with literature as with law or empire — an established name is an estate in tenure, or a throne in possession. .

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#36316 Will Cuppy

[Footnote] The Phoenicians employed an alphabet of twenty-one consonants. They left no literature. You can't be literary without a few vowels. .

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#38369 Virginia Woolf

But can we go to posterity with a sheaf of loose pages, or ask the readers of those days, with the whole of literature before them, to sift our enormous rubbish heaps for our tiny pearls? Such are the questions which the critics might lawfully put to their companions at table, the novelists and poets. .

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#41725 Jack Kerouac

Literature is no longer Necessary Teaching is left. .

Jack Kerouac Quotes about literature
#42385 Aldous Huxley

What the cinema can do better than literature or the spoken drama is to be fantastic. .

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#43845 James Branch Cabell

Literature is a vast bazaar where customers come to purchase everything except mirrors. .

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#46479 Lin Yutang

While in the West, the insane are so many that they are put in an asylum, in China the insane are so unusual that we worship them, as anybody who has aof Chinese literature will testify. .

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#48241 Henry James

There are two kinds of taste in the appreciation of imaginative literature: the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition. .

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#49933 Kurt Vonnegut

I think it can be tremendously refreshing if a creator ofhas something on hisother than theof literature so far. Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak. .

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#49952 Kurt Vonnegut

What is literature but an insider's newsletter about affairs relating to molecules, of no importance to anything in the Universe but a few molecules who have the disease called "". .

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#50007 Kurt Vonnegut

Listen. All great literature is about what a bummer it is to be a human being: , , , theand the , , theand . .

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#51173 Chris Abani

I read mostly Irish, African, Japanese, South American, and African writers. You can count on Scandinavian literature for a certain kind of darkness, a modern mythic style. .

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#52081 Chinua Achebe

The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery. .

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#52091 Chinua Achebe

I tell my students, it's not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What's more difficult is to identify with someone you don't see, who's very far away, who's a different color, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders. .

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#52963 George Ade

Only the more rugged mortals should attempt to keep up with current literature. .

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#57529 Martin Amis

Very broadly, literature concerns itself with the internal, cinema with the external. .

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#59156 Jean Jacques Annaud

There is a broad cultural current that conveys the idea that a film is like a football team, it represents a nation, it is illustrated literature, filmed radio. These are outdated concepts, totally out of touch with today's realities. .

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#59159 Jean Jacques Annaud

I think it is a mistake to identify a movie according to its language, as if movies were literature. .

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#59409 Piers Anthony

SF is the literature of the theoretically possible, and F is the literature of the impossible. .

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#61187 Matthew Arnold

Journalism is literature in a hurry. .

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#61452 Antonin Artaud

We must wash literature off ourselves. We want to be men above all, to be human. .

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#62471 Kate Atkinson

I spent four years doing a doctorate in postmodern American literature. I can recognize it when I see it. .

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#62735 Margaret Atwood

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

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#62752 Margaret Atwood

I was once a graduate student in Victorian literature, and I believe as the Victorian novelists did, that a novel isn't simply a vehicle for private expression, but that it also exists for social examination. I firmly believe this. .

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#62980 David Augsburger

The book of the Psalms, which is the primary devotional literature of the whole Bible, is full of complaints. .

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#63234 Sherman Austin

When they were done downloading all the information off each hard drive, they took all the computers, all the literature, and loaded everything into a big white truck and left. .

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#65717 George Pierce Baker

When the drama attains a characterization which makes the play a revelation of human conduct and a dialogue which characterizes yet pleases for itself, we reach dramatic literature. .

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#65720 George Pierce Baker

The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature. .

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#67239 Melissa Bank

Before college, I hadn't voluntarily read anything that might be called literature; I didn't think I'd understand it; I never seemed to understand my English teacher's interpretations of what we read. .

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#69170 Roland Barthes

Literature is the question minus the answer. .

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#72082 Louis Begley

If a comparative-literature major had existed at Harvard College for undergraduates I would have surely gone in that direction. .

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#73667 Bill Bennett

The causes of crime are very complicated. But there is a very big literature, as you know, about single parenthood in crime, about race in crime, and about poverty in crime. .

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#78056 Hugh Blair

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

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#78985 Harold Bloom

The world gets older, without getting either better or worse and so does literature. But I do think that the drab current phenomenon that passes for literary studies in the university will finally provide its own corrective. .

Harold Bloom Quotes about literature

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