Quotes: literature

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  • Hugh Blair
    Hugh Blair
    Scottish minister of religion, author and rhetorician 1718-1800
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    The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.
  • Salman Rushdie
    Salman Rushdie
    Engels writer 1948-
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    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.
  • Ezra Pound
    Ezra Pound
    American poet 1885-1972
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    A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.
  • Christopher Hampton
    Christopher Hampton
    British playwright 1946-
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    A great number of the disappointments and mishaps of the troubled world are the direct result of literature and the allied arts. It is our belief that no human being who devotes his life and energy to the manufacture of fantasies can be anything but fundamentally inadequate
  • Sir Walter Scott
    Sir Walter Scott
    British writer and poet 1771-1832
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    A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.
  • George Borrow
    George Borrow
    English writer of novels and travel books 1803-1881
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    A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson
    Alfred Lord Tennyson
    English poet 1809-1892
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    A louse in the locks of literature.
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson
    English writer 1709-1784
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    A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man.
  • Edith Hamilton
    Edith Hamilton
    American educator and author 1867-1963
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    A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can.
  • Truman Capote
    Truman Capote
    American writer 1942-
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    All literature is gossip.
  • All men are lonely. But sometimes it seems to me that we Americans are the loneliest of all. Our hunger for foreign places and new ways has been with us almost like a national disease. Our literature is stamped with a quality of longing and unrest, and our writers have been great wanderers.
  • Ernest Hemingway
    Ernest Hemingway
    American writer 1899-1961
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    All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.
  • Raymond Chandler
    Raymond Chandler
    American writer 1888-1959
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    An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
  • Albert Maltz
    Albert Maltz
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    And Marx spoke of the fact that socialism will be the kingdom of freedom, where man realizes himself in a way that humankind has never seen before. This was an inspiring body of literature to read.
  • Wallace Stevens
    Wallace Stevens
    American poet 1879-1955
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    As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
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