Best 5 104 of Literature quotes - MyQuotes
The only friends I have are the dead who have bequeathed their writings to me--I have no others.
It's a truth universally acknowledged...
What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce.
Although by 1851 tales of adventure had begun to seem antiquated, they had rendered a large service to the course of literature: they had removed the stigma, for the most part, from the word novel.
The feeling, all encompassing, safe and warm like a blanket permanently draped over her shoulders, follows her around. She takes it into the shower, to meals with her mother and sister, to work as she reads out the news script, her voice never faltering.
For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.
Did you think of anything when Miss Marcy said Scoatney Hall was being re-opened? I thought of the beginning of Pride and Prejudice – where Mrs. Bennet says 'Netherfield Park is let a last.' And then Mr. Bennet goes over to call on the rich new owner.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Beauty is that which is simultaneously attractive and sublime.
Arthur Conan Doyle
It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own. You may not appreciate them at first. You may pine for your novel of crude and unadulterated adventure. You may, and will, give it the preference when you can. But the dull days come, and the rainy days come, and always you are driven to fill up the chinks of your reading with the worthy books which wait so patiently for your notice. And then suddenly, on a day which marks an epoch in your life, you understand the difference. You see, like a flash, how the one stands for nothing, and the other for literature. From that day onwards you may return to your crudities, but at least you do so with some standard of comparison in your mind. You can never be the same as you were before. Then gradually the good thing becomes more dear to you; it builds itself up with your growing mind; it becomes a part of your better self, and so, at last, you can look, as I do now, at the old covers and love them for all that they have meant in the past.
The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
This town of churches and dreams; this town I thought I would lose myself in, with its backward ways and winding roads leading to nowhere; but, I found myself instead. -Magic in the Backyard (excerpt from American Honey)
That so many writers have been prepared to accept a kind of martyrdom is the best tribute that flesh can pay to the living spirit of man as expressed in his literature. One cannot doubt that the martyrdom will continue to be gladly embraced. To some of us, the wresting of beauty out of language is the only thing in the world that matters.
There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.
Miguel De Cervantes
One of the most considerable advantages the great have over their inferiors is to have servants as good as themselves.
Fiction, on the whole, and if it is any good, tends to be a subversive element in society.
There are a lot of problems involved in comparative history. You never know if you're getting the comparisons weighted rightly, you're bound to dominate one literature better than another. But I do see it as one of the ways forward for the future. I think it is a very important approach.
Evidently, I'd suffered an epiphany: the subconscious realization that when it comes to coolness, nothing the human race has ever invented is more cool than a book.
Good writing ideas don’t have to be about political turmoil, mass killings, capitalism, racism, injustice, and so on. Find that one idea that has deep roots in your heart.
When I came overseas, I realized that there are many ideologies and many trends, and it's also very hard to produce honest art and honest literature. I decided that I didn't want to follow any of these ideologies or trends, because that's also a kind of pressure that doesn't allow absolute freedom. So I decided that I was only going to produce works that were satisfactory to me, and that meant not following any trends and being anti-ideological.
There should be a limit to my suffering As I’m a sinner, not a disbeliever
As you become a better writer, the writing becomes more difficult. You toil harder to tell a story in a smaller number of words.
It is with fine sentiments that bad literature is made. Descend to the bottom of the well if you wish to see the stars.
Nobody seriously believes in the social philosophies of the immediate past.
Some writers write to forget. Some forget to write.
Karl Philipp Moritz
St. Paul's arose like some huge mountain above the enormous mass of smaller buildings.
Words contain the "souls" or minds of people in the past; as such, they tell the story of consciousness.
Marquis De Sade
Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear.
A politician's goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of them get corrupted by power.
Hope is independent of the apparatus of logic.
What is the point of all these books when I learn best by reading your body?
If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics - a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage - surely that proves that you are in the right?
What we do as a society is seek simple answers.
My share of the work may be limited, but the fact that it is work makes it precious.
You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play.
Think not of the fragility of life, but of the power of books, when mere words can change our lives simply by being next to each other.
Yet, the man never goes slow! Feted against all the odds. How? Nobody knows. Undeterred, unabated, yet uncharted he goes...
My early reviews were so bad that I decided I didn't want to read them again.
I have made it a rule never to smoke more than one cigar at a time.
I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.
George Jean Nathan
The path of sound credence is through the thick forest of skepticism.
The interesting thing is always to see if you can find a fact that will change your mind about something, to test and see if you can.
Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.
If religion is true, one must believe. And if one chooses not to believe, one’s choice is marked under the category of a refusal, and is thus never really free: it has the duress of a recoil.” With literary belief, however, “one is always free to choose not to believe.” This, Wood argues, is the freedom of literature; it is what constitutes its “reality.
Every day in my consultancy, I meet men and women who are out of their minds. That is, they have not the slightest idea who they really are or what it is that matters to them. The question 'How shall I live?' is not one I can answer on prescription.
It’s all right to hesitate if you then go ahead.
Albert Einstein when asked what he considered to be the most powerful force in the universe answered: Compound interest!
Gençken tecrüben yoktur, yaşlıyken de gücün.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
Virtue is reason which has become energy.
I did not want to be depressed by the gap existing between my weakness and my ambition.
How does one say something new and not retell?