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  • Roland Barthes
    Roland Barthes
    French semiologist 1915-1980
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    Literature is without proofs. By which it must be understood that it cannot prove, not only what it says, but even that it is worth the trouble of saying it.
  • Philip Roth
    Philip Roth
    American Novelist 1933-
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    Literature isn't a moral beauty contest. Its power arises from the authority and audacity with which the impersonation is pulled off; the belief it inspires is what counts.
  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    Russian revolutionary leader 1870-1924
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    Literature must become party literature. Down with unpartisan litterateurs! Down with the superman of literature! Literature must become a part of the general cause of the proletariat.
  • Carlos Fuentes
    Carlos Fuentes
    Mexican novelist and essayist 1928-2012
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    Literature overtakes history, for literature gives you more than one life. It expands experience and opens new opportunities to readers.
  • Barbara Kingsolver
    Barbara Kingsolver
    American novelist, essayist and poet 1955-
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    Literature sucks you into another psyche. So the creation of empathy necessarily influences how you'll behave to other people.
  • Philip Roth
    Philip Roth
    American Novelist 1933-
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    Literature takes a habit of mind that has disappeared. It requires silence, some form of isolation, and sustained concentration in the presence of an enigmatic thing.
    Source: The Human Stain (2000)
  • Terry Eagleton
    Terry Eagleton
    British literary theorist and critic 1943-
    Terry Eagleton
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    Literature transforms and intensifies ordinary language, deviates systematically from everyday speech. If you approach me at a bus stop and murmur ''Thou still unravished bride of quietness,'' then I am instantly aware that I am in the presence of the literary.
  • Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn
    Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn
    Russian Novelist 1918-2008
    Aleksandr Solzjenitsyn
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    Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience... from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
  • Henry Giles
    Henry Giles
    British Unitarian minister and writer 1809-1882
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    Literature, as a field of glory, is an arena where a tomb may be more easily found than laurels; and as a means of support, it is the chance of chances.
  • John Morley
    John Morley
    British journalist, statesman 1838-1923
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    Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions.
  • Paul De Man
    Paul De Man
    In België geboren American literair criticus 1919-1983
    Paul De Man
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    Literature... is condemned (or privileged) to be forever the most rigorous and, consequently, the most reliable of terms in which man names and transforms himself.
  • Gore Vidal
    Gore Vidal
    American writer and criticus 1925-
    Gore Vidal
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    Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time, and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.
  • John Morley
    John Morley
    British journalist, statesman 1838-1923
    John Morley
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    Maxims and aphorisms, let us remember that wisdom is the true salt of literature, and the books that are most nourishing are richly stored with it, and that is the main object to seek in reading books.
  • Anton Chekhov
    Anton Chekhov
    Russian playwright and short story writer 1860-1904
    Anton Chekhov
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    Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
  • Carl Clinton Van Doren
    Carl Clinton Van Doren
    American critic and biographer 1885-1950
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    Melville brought to the task a sound knowledge of actual whaling, much curious learning in the literature of the subject, and, above all, an imagination which worked with great power upon the facts of his own experience.
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