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Literature Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Literature are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

Movies are a complicated collision of literature,
theatre, music and all the visual arts.
- Yahoo Serious

Related topics: Movies

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress;
when I get tired of one,
I spend the night with the other.
- Anton Chekhov

The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life:
in education,
medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
- Barry Commoner

 

American literature had always considered writing a very serious matter.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

What is not in the open street is false,
derived, that is to say, literature.
- Henry Miller

Here, you can walk into a bookstore and pick up a Bible
or Christian literature and learn.
Over there, they are lucky if they have one Bible for a whole village.
- Michael Scott


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In a very real sense, people who have read good literature
have lived more than people who cannot or will not read.
- S. I. Hayakawa

Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature.
- George Henry Lewes

The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern
tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is,
you need to talk with children, to teachers,
and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early.
- Rita Dove

I didn't choose literature.
Literature chose me.
There was no decision on my side.
- Manuel Puig

You get below the Mason-Dixon line and you have some of the best music,
culture, the two races, the literature,
and it's so rich.
- Robert Duvall

Jesus claimed He had the power to raise himself from
the dead and His followers would be raised from the dead.
That's a unique claim in the literature of religion.
- Josh McDowell

The genre has moved into this commercial aspect of itself,
and ignored this extraordinarily rich literature that's
filed everywhere else except under travel.
- Robyn Davidson

Literature and philosophy both allow past idols to
be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly
distressing to a sober scientist.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
- Matthew Arnold

The sinews of art and literature, like those of war,
are money.
- Samuel Butler

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.
- Vladimir Nabokov

For me, literature is a complex game,
both mental and concrete, which is acted out in a physical manner on the page.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have
minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
- Virginia Woolf

I've always loved films, always.
I studied literature and I went to Columbia in New
York and I went to Paris for part of one year and ended up staying there.
- Jim Jarmusch

I think it is a mistake to identify a movie according to its language,
as if movies were literature.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

Indeed; peace literature is almost exclusively read,
though to good effect, by pacifists,
while what is needed is the canvassing of those who
have not so far been won to the cause.
- Fredrik Bajer

In fact I enjoyed every minute of my life at King's,
especially the discovery of French and German literature.
- Patrick White

In French literature, you can choose a la carte;
in Spanish literature,
there is only the set meal.
- Jose Bergamin

For Mythology is the handmaid of literature;
and literature is one of the best allies of virtue
and promoters of happiness.
- Thomas Bulfinch

As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
- Wallace Stevens

The only sensible ends of literature are,
first, the pleasurable toil of writing;
second,
the gratification of one's family and friends;
and lastly,
the solid cash.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

As society diversifies, the number of people who read
literature is decreasing.
It will be difficult for readers to digest my ideas through literature.
- Cao Yu

It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.
- Alfred North Whitehead

For the creation of a masterwork of literature two powers must concur,
the power of the man and the power of the moment,
and the man is not enough without the moment.
- Matthew Arnold

Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace,
before and after culture.
- Juan Ramon Jimenez

Literature should not be suppressed merely because
it offends the moral code of the censor.
- William O. Douglas

The thing that teases the mind over and over for years,
and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper whether little or great,
it belongs to Literature.
- Willa Cather

What is wonderful about great literature is that it
transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
- E. M. Forster

Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
- William Ralph Inge

The narrative of serial art works more like music than like literature.
- Sol LeWitt

We're not in love with Literature all the time -
especially when you have to teach it every day.
- Howard Nemerov

Literature is my life of course, but from an ontological point of view.
From an existential point of view, I like being a teacher.
- Antonio Tabucchi

I do not believe in sex distinction in literature,
law, politics, or trade - or that modesty and virtue
are more becoming to women than to men,
but wish we had more of it everywhere.
- Belva Lockwood

Literature is the denunciation of the times in which one lives.
- Camilo Jose Cela

In Algeria, I had begun to get into literature and philosophy.
I dreamed of writing-and already models were instructing the dream,
a certain language governed it.
- Jacques Derrida

To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity
has become the moral duty of literature.
- Ernst Fischer

I've always said that music is like literature.
- Jose Carreras

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet,
but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.
- Harold Bloom

Even if you only want to write science fiction,
you should also read mysteries, poetry,
mainstream literature, history, biography,
philosophy, and science.
- Walter Jon Williams

Comics? Honestly, that's more a matter of nostalgia for me.
I think most of that energy has gone to my love of
literature and my love of film.
- Jonathan Lethem

Literature is about as unnecessarily necessarily as
tableware or ironed shirts.
- Peter Bichsel

Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature.
- Paul Ricoeur

Wherever you look there are inspirations,
books, literature, paintings, landscapes,
everything.
Just living is an inspiration.
- Gavin Rossdale

When they were done downloading all the information off each hard drive,
they took all the computers, all the literature,
and loaded everything into a big white truck and left.
- Sherman Austin

Without a sense of place the work is often reduced
to a cry of voices in empty rooms,
a literature of the self, at its best poetic music;
at its worst a thin gruel of the ego.
- William Kennedy

It is unhappily true that much insincere Literature and Art,
executed solely with a view to effect,
does succeed by deceiving the public.
- George Henry Lewes

Without literature my life would be miserable.
- Naguib Mahfouz

If I could have gone on describing to you the beauties of this region,
who knows but I might have made a fine addition to
the literature of our age?
- Robert Gould Shaw

There is grand romance in The Lord of the Rings.
It's an important part of epic literature.
- Kevin J. Anderson

I was trained in the '50s as a New Critic.
I remember what literature was like before the New Critics,
when people stood up and talked about Shelley's soul and such things.
- Clifford Geertz

I attempt to write a good novel.
Whether it is literature or not is something that will be decided by the ages,
not by me and not by a pack of critics around the globe.
- Elizabeth George

Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature
than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
- Wallace Stevens

I've been missing Japanese literature so much of late.
- Utada Hikaru

More than art, more than literature,
music is universally accessible.
- Billy Joel

The idea of bringing young people up to Literature
is doubtless calculated to raise the eyebrows almost
as much as the suggestion of bringing them up to the Stage.
- James Payn

Because I don't have to be careful of people's feelings when I teach literature,
and I do when I'm teaching writing.
- Tobias Wolff

A lot of performing instincts are involved in the business of direction,
but so is analysis and having a sense of literature.
- Trevor Nunn

It is not Kafka's fault that his wonderful writings
have lately turned into a fad,
and are read by people who have neither the ability
nor the desire to absorb literature.
- Herman Hesse

Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe
that great literature is very close to life,
but exactly the opposite is true.
Life is amorphous, literature is formal.
- Francoise Sagan

I gradually became persuaded that the subjects,
without intending to, had revealed to me a basic truth
about markets that was foreign to the literature of economics.
- Vernon L. Smith

Magic Realism is not new.
The label's new, the specific Latin American form of it is new,
its modern popularity is new, but it's been around
as long as literature has been around.
- Terri Windling

It seems to me that an author who has determined very
new domains in literature is Gertrude Stein.
- Raymond Queneau

In literature as in ethics, there is danger,
as well as glory, in being subtle.
Aristocracy isolates us.
- Charles Baudelaire


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