Quotes by literature

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  • Cesare Pavese
    Cesare Pavese
    Italian novelist and poet 1908-1950
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    Literature is a defense against the attacks of life. It says to life: ''You can't deceive me. I know your habits, foresee and enjoy watching all your reactions, and steal your secret by involving you in cunning obstructions that halt your normal flow.''
  • Gilbert Keith Chesterton
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton
    English writer 1874-1936
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton
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    Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    Gilbert K. Chesterton
    English writer 1874-1936
    Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
  • David Herbert Lawrence
    David Herbert Lawrence
    English writer 1885-1930
    David Herbert Lawrence
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    Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.
  • Doris Lessing
    Doris Lessing
    British novelist 1919-
    Doris Lessing
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    Literature is analysis after the event.
  • Louis Menand
    Louis Menand
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    Literature is being taught as though it were only political medicine or political poison - a view that is not only illiberal but illiterate.
  • Nelson Algren
    Nelson Algren
    American writer 1909-1981
    Nelson Algren
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    Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.
  • Antonio Tabucchi
    Antonio Tabucchi
    Italian writer and academic 1943-
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    Literature is my life of course, but from an ontological point of view. From an existential point of view, I like being a teacher.
  • Ezra Pound
    Ezra Pound
    American poet 1885-1972
    Ezra Pound
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    Literature is news that stays news.
  • Boris Pasternak
    Boris Pasternak
    Russian writer 1890-1960
    Boris Pasternak
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    Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.
  • Cyril Connolly
    Cyril Connolly
    British criticus 1903-1974
    Cyril Connolly
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    Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
  • Octavio Paz
    Octavio Paz
    Mexican Poet, Essayist 1914-
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    Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.
  • Lionel Trilling
    Lionel Trilling
    American Critic 1905-1975
    Lionel Trilling
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    Literature is the human activity that make the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.
  • Thornton Wilder
    Thornton Wilder
    American writer and playwright 1897-1975
    Thornton Wilder
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    Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
  • Salman Rushdie
    Salman Rushdie
    Engels writer 1948-
    Salman Rushdie
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    Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.
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