Quotes about Literature

Literary Quotes about Literature

A great literature is chiefly the product of inquiring minds in revolt against the immovable certainties of the nation” — H L Mencken

“Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of a man — the biography of the man himself cannot be written” — Mark Twain

“In literature as in love we are astounded by what is chosen by others” — Andre Maurois

I don’t know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens – E. B. White

I would say that there is no future for literary studies as such in the United States. Harold Bloom

I use the language I use to my friends. They wouldn’t believe me if I used some high-flown literature quotesliterary language. I want them to believe me. Adrian Mitchell

“Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them” — Charles Caleb Colton

“Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation” — Robert Fitzgerald

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth. Michael Shermer

A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images.”Albert Camus

Literature is the denunciation of the times in which one lives.  Camilo Jose Cela

“The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation” — James Fenton

I don’t believe in myths of decline or myths of progress, even as regards the literary scene. Harold Bloom

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence. George Eliot

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.-Goethe

In literature as in love we are astounded by what is chosen by others.”  Andre Maurois

Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

I would live to study, and not study to live.” Sir Francis Bacon

Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever. Theodore Sturgeon

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