Quotes by literature

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  • Camille Paglia
    Camille Paglia
    American academic and social critic 1947-
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    Sedgwick has managed to convert pedestrian critical skills and little discernible knowledge in history, philosophy, psychology, art or even pre-modern literature into a lucrative academic career.
    Source: Sex, Art and American Culture : New Essays (1992)
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    Spanish novelist 1964-2020
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    Shirley Jackson's writings are a must for aficionados of the gothic and of good literature.
  • Bobbie Ann Mason
    Bobbie Ann Mason
    American novelist and short story writer
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    Since 'Huckleberry Finn,' or thereabouts, it seemed that all American literature was about the alienated hero.
  • Margaret Drabble
    Margaret Drabble
    English novelist, biographer, and critic 1939-
    Margaret Drabble
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    Some of what we read in classical literature is not relative to our condition, but then many women novelists and poets have turned it upside down and told the stories from the other point of view.
  • Jean Cocteau
    Jean Cocteau
    French writer 1889-1963
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    Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature.
  • Leslie Fiedler
    Leslie Fiedler
    American literary critic 1917-2003
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    The ''text'' is merely one of the contexts of a piece of literature, its lexical or verbal one, no more or less important than the sociological, psychological, historical, anthropological or generic.
  • George Orwell
    George Orwell
    English writer (ps. of Eric Blair) 1903-1950
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    The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.
  • Vaclav Havel
    Vaclav Havel
    Czech statesman, writer and former dissident 1936-2011
    Vaclav Havel
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    The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it.
  • Richard Dawkins
    Richard Dawkins
    English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author 1941-
    Richard Dawkins
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    The Bible should be taught, but emphatically not as reality. It is fiction, myth, poetry, anything but reality. As such it needs to be taught because it underlies so much of our literature and our culture.
  • Bill Bennett
    Bill Bennett
    Canadian politician 1932-2015
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    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.
  • Jean-Luc Godard
    Jean-Luc Godard
    French moviedirector 1930-
    Jean-Luc Godard
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    The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn't.
  • Stephen B. Leacock
    Stephen B. Leacock
    Canadian humorist and economist 1869-1944
    Stephen B. Leacock
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    The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
  • Bernard Bailyn
    Bernard Bailyn
    American historian, author, and academic 1922-2020
    Bernard Bailyn
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    The classics of the ancient world are everywhere in the literature of the Revolution, but they are everywhere illustrative, not determinative, of thought.
    Source: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Ch. II, SOURCES AND TRADITIONS, p. 26
  • Gertrude Stein
    Gertrude Stein
    American author 1874-1946
    Gertrude Stein
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    The contemporary thing in art and literature is the thing which doesn't make enough difference to the people of that generation so that they can accept it or reject it.
  • O. Sitwell
    O. Sitwell
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    The critics will say as always that literature is decaying.
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