Best 5 104 of Literature quotes - MyQuotes
It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint, it is because we ourselves are dying.
To be perfectly just is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of man.
I started writing books for children because I could illustrate them myself and because, in my innocence, I thought they'd be easier.
There are ten men in me and I do not know or understand one of them.
If success has thousand painful tales to tell, why would I yield to hear you say failure.
If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.
No taste is so acquired as that for someone else's quality of mind.
All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
Nature is a petrified magic city.
If you write a kid's book only for kids, then you have failed.
The current understanding was that it was impossible to predict how something would evolve because it was a very turbulent environment full of things interacting with each other.
When you write a story, don't just write it - live it; When putting words into the mouth of a protagonist (or any character) imagine yourself saying them and while writing about the reaction of the listener, write it the way you would react. Let the conversations not be meant merely to be read but felt as well. If you do not feel what you write; how can you expect the readers to feel it?
Great poets are great copy editors.
One of the most important things to remember about infant care is: don't change diapers in midstream.
They were readers for whom literature was a drug, each complex plot line delivering a new high, suspending them above reality, allowing them a magical crossover...They had spoken often, with rueful honesty, of how the books they read represented escape, offered pathways to literary landscapes that intrigued and engrossed...From childhood on, books had been the hot air balloons that carried them above the angry mutterings of quarreling parents, schoolyard rejections, academic boredom...They were of a kind, readers from birth.
Mario Vargas Llosa
I don't accept the idea that literature can be just entertainment and that there is no consequences of literature in the real world.
The way that organizations and organisms anticipate the future is by taking signals from the past, most the time.
I'm not asking you to come reverently or unquestioningly; I'm not asking you to be politically correct or cast aside your sense of humor (please God you have one). This isn't a popularity contest, it's not the moral Olympics, and it's not church. But it's Writing, damn it, not washing the car or putting on eyeliner. If you can take it seriously, we can do business. If you can't or won't, it's time for you to close the book and do something else. Wash the car, maybe.
The Russian yearning for the meaning of life is the major theme of our literature, and this is the real point of our intelligentsia's existence.
Literature may open a third eye in the middle of the reader's forehead.
At my most precarious, I balanced on a book, and the books rafted me over the tides of feelings that left me soaked and shattered.
I start writing when I overcome my disgust with literature.
I love the idea of literature as a room or series of rooms that allow you to be present as it slowly unfolds itself in all its capacities.
Eğer insanoğlu hiç hastalanmazsa, isteklerine sınır tanımaz.
People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.
Life isn't simple. Literature shouldn't be either.
[Social] science fiction is that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance on human beings.
You see the world in colors, I see in Black and Red.
I think people should take mythology much more seriously, because it tells us an awful lot about the history of the human race. We tend to dismiss it as 'fairy tales,' when it isn't. Fairy tales in themselves are about fundamentals of human nature. And they keep being reinvented in different ways. Fantasy acknowledges that, whereas a lot of modern literature is trying to distance itself from 'story,' never mind anything else. Which is why a lot of books are read by the critics, then people buy them, put them on their shelves, and don't really read them much, because they're not very interesting!
Il (Georges Perros) avait une voix sonore et lumineuse, un peu feutrée, qui remplissait parfaitement le volume des classes, comme elle aurait comblé un amphi, un théâtre, le champ de Mars, sans que jamais un mot soit prononcé au-dessus d'un autre. Il prenait d'instinct les mesures de l'espace et de nos cervelles. Il était la caisse de résonance naturelle de tous les livres, l'incarnation du texte, le livre fait homme.
It's an absurd error to put modern English literature in the curriculum. You should read contemporary literature for pleasure or not at all. You shouldn't be taught to monkey with it.
When I talk of hearing a poet's voice speaking, I always think of it as in the presence of the man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is well done, I feel as if I did; what is ill-done, I reck not of.
Cynicism is intellectual treason.
Paraphrase, in the sense of summary, is as indispensable to the novel-critic as close analysis is to the critic of lyric poetry. The natural deduction is that novels are paraphrasable whereas poems are not. But this is a false deduction because close analysis is itself a disguised form of paraphrase.
Who would dare assign to art the sterile function of imitating nature?
A woman's life is not her own.
Of course, they were other things too. Sometimes they were even everything all together, but not fame, which was rooted in delusion and lies, if not ambition. Also, fame was reductive. Everything that ended in fame and everything that issued from fame was inevitably diminished. Fame's message was unadorned. Fame and literature were irreconcilable enemies.
It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
The first function of violence in Native American literatures is simply to acknowledge that violence is implicit, like gravity and sunlight, in the world and our relations with the world.
I am the girl who spends hours huddled in a corner of a library, trying to find what you love the most about Marlowe, just so I can write you a poem worthy of Shakespeare. I've made books my lovers, hours my enemies and you the only story.
I've shut myself inside these walls, and I'm going to be a very lonely old lady if I'm not careful.
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.
Just in higher education alone, more people go to college now, by enormous amounts, than went to college in the '50's and '60's. So that represents a whole new literate public that's a consumer of literature, of news, of print, of, you know, opinion. And that's a bigger audience and much more diverse audience than it used to be.
Published memoirs indicate the end of a man's activity, and that he acknowledges the end.
The literature [Nobel] laureate of this year has said that an author can do anything as long as his readers believe him. A scientist cannot do anything that is not checked and rechecked by scientists of this network before it is accepted.
They are focused on whether they can do something. They never think whether they should do something.
Jorge Luis Borges
The metaphysicians of Tlön are not looking for truth, nor even for an approximation of it; they are after a kind of amazement.
A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.
Güçlü, sağlıklı ve iyi olduğumuz sürece mucizeleri gülerek karşılarız; ama hayatımız, bizi ancak bir mucizenin kurtaracağı şekilde umutsuzca yıkılsın ya da tökezlesin o zaman mucizeye, yalnız ve yalnız o harikulade mucizeye inanırız.