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  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
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    To endure the pain of living, we all drug ourselves more or less with gin, with literature, with superstitions, with romance, with idealism, political, sentimental, and moral, with every possible preparation of that universal hashish: imagination.
  • Ernst Fischer
    Ernst Fischer
    Austrian journalist, writer and politician 1899-1972
    Ernst Fischer
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    To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Colombian writer 1928-
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    Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.
  • T. S. Eliot
    T. S. Eliot
    British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic 1888-1965
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    We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
  • Antonin Artaud
    Antonin Artaud
    French producer and Actor 1896-1948
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    We must wash literature off ourselves. We want to be men above all, to be human.
  • Mohsin Hamid
    Mohsin Hamid
    British Pakistani novelist, writer 1971-
    Mohsin Hamid
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    We think of the romance novel as a lesser form of literature, but I don't think that's true. Love is a very important aspect of human life and worth exploring.
  • Audre Lorde
    Audre Lorde
    American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil 1934-1992
    Audre Lorde
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    We're supposed to see "universal" love as heterosexual. What I insist upon in my work is that there is no such thing as universal love in literature.
  • William Somerset Maugham
    William Somerset Maugham
    English writer 1874-1965
    William Somerset Maugham
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    What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.
  • Henry Miller
    Henry Miller
    American writer 1891-1980
    Henry Miller
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    What is not in the open street is false, derived, that is to say, literature.
  • Jonathan Miller
    Jonathan Miller
    English theatre and opera actor, author and television presenter 1934-
    Jonathan Miller
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    What makes literature interesting is that it does not survive its translation. The characters in a novel are made out of the sentences. That's what their substance is.
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George Bernard Shaw
    Irish-English writer and critic 1856-1950
    George Bernard Shaw
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    What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real.
  • Italo Calvino
    Italo Calvino
    Cuban Writer, Essayist, Journalist 1923-1985
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    When politicians and politically minded people pay too much attention to literature, it is a bad sign - a bad sign mostly for literature. But it is also a bad sign when they don't want to hear the word mentioned.
  • Barbet Schroeder
    Barbet Schroeder
    Iranian-born Swiss film director and producer 1941-
    Barbet Schroeder
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    When you kill somebody in the movies, it matters, whereas in literature it can be allegorical.
  • Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn
    Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn
    Russian Novelist 1918-2008
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    Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory.
  • Sean O'Casey
    Sean O'Casey
    Irish Dramatist 1884-1964
    Sean O'Casey
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    Work! labor the asparagus me of life; the one great sacrament of humanity from which all other things flow - security, leisure, joy, art, literature, even divinity itself.
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