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Quotes About Literature

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Arthur Miller
“It is rare for people to be asked the question which puts them squarely in front of themselves”
Arthur Miller, The Crucible

Nikolai Gogol
“A word aptly uttered or written cannot be cut away by an axe.”
Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls

Terry Pratchett
“I know that I am a small, weak man, but I have amassed a large library; I dream of dangerous places.”
Terry Pratchett, Snuff

Saadat Hasan Manto
“Hindustan had become free. Pakistan had become independent soon after its inception but man was still slave in both these countries -- slave of prejudice … slave of religious fanaticism … slave of barbarity and inhumanity.”
Saadat Hasan Manto

Sophocles
“You must remember that no one lives a life free from pain and suffering.”
Sophocles

Mario Vargas Llosa
“‎Reading good literature is an experience of pleasure...but it is also an experience of learning what and how we are, in our human integrity and our human imperfection, with our actions, our dreams, and our ghosts, alone and in relationships that link us to others, in our public image and in the secret recesses of our consciousness.”
Mario Vargas Llosa

توفيق الحكيم
“أي فن من الفنون يجب أن يحمل معه فكر. سواء كان الفكر أو الرسالة فلسفية أو اجتماعية أو عقائدية، دون أن يتخذ ذلك نبرة عالية زاعقة مباشرة يظهر الفن فيها بمظهر الوسيلة الثانوية. الفن متعة قبل كل شيء. إن لم تستطع إمتاعي فلن تستطيع إقناعي”
توفيق الحكيم, ملامح داخلية

Bart D. Ehrman
“[P]eople need to use their intelligence to evaluate what they find to be true and untrue in the Bible. This is how we need to live life generally. Everything we hear and see we need to evaluate—whether the inspiring writings of the Bible or the inspiring writings of Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, or George Eliot, of Ghandi, Desmond Tutu, or the Dalai Lama.”
Bart D. Ehrman, Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible

Jane Austen
“Esteem him! Like him! Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise. Use those words again, and I will leave the room this moment.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

Roberto Bolaño
“Probably all of us, writers and readers alike, set out into exile, or at least into a certain kind of exile, when we leave childhood behind...The immigrant, the nomad, the traveler, the sleepwalker all exist, but not the exile, since every writer becomes an exile simply by venturing into literature, and every reader becomes an exile simply by opening a book.”
Roberto Bolaño, Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles, and Speeches, 1998-2003

Vera Nazarian
“I tell the story to you now, but in each telling the story itself changes a little, changes direction, and that in turn changes you and me. So be very careful not only in how you repeat it but in how you remember it, goslings. More often than you realize it, the world is shaped by two things -- stories told and the memories they leave behind.”
Vera Nazarian, Dreams of the Compass Rose

Susan Sontag
“If literature has engaged me as a project, first as a reader, then as a writer, it is as an extension of my sympathies to other selves, other domains, other dreams, other territories.”
Susan Sontag

“Genuine bravery for a writer.... It is about calmly speaking the truth when everyone else is silenced, when the truth cannot be expressed. It is about speaking out with a different voice, risking the wrath of the state and offending everyone, for the sake of the truth, and the writer’s conscience.”
Murong Xuecun

The reality of a serious writer is a reality of many voices, some of them
“The reality of a serious writer is a reality of many voices, some of them belonging to the writer, some of them belonging to the world of readers at large.”
Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

F.R. Leavis
“Literature is the supreme means by which you renew your sensuous and emotional life and learn a new awareness.”
F.R. Leavis

Mervyn Peake
“Gormenghast.
Withdrawn and ruinous it broods in umbra: the immemorial masonry: the towers, the tracts. Is all corroding? No. Through an avenue of spires a zephyr floats; a bird whistles; a freshet beats away from a choked river. Deep in a fist of stone a doll's hand wriggles, warm rebellious on the frozen palm. A shadow shifts its length. A spider stirs...
And darkness winds between the characters.
- Gormenghast”
Mervyn Peake

China Miéville
“I just can't get with this idea that literature is a 12-step program. If someone wants to read a book to see good people get rewarded and the bad people get punished, essentially what they want is a fairy tale.”
China Miéville

“It is difficult to call myself a writer, even when I stand at a podium to receive a prize, I feel uncomfortable calling myself a writer—I am merely a word criminal.”
Murong Xuecun

Charles Baxter
“My God, the corruptions of literature. It put all these notions into our heads.”
Charles Baxter, Believers: A novella and stories

Javier Pérez Andújar
“Leo a Casavella, que es mi contemporáneo. Leo a Grace Morales, que es mi contemporáneo. Leo Allen Ginsberg, que es mi contemporáneo. Leo a Pasolini, que es mi contemporáneo. Leo a Cervantes, que es mi contemporáneo. Leo a Dante y a Virgilio, porque son mis contemporáneos. Sólo leo a contemporáneos. A antiguos y obsoletos, prefiero no acercarme, sean del siglo que sean.”
Javier Pérez Andújar

Christina Westover
“I won't stop writing until I am known as the Kurt Cobain of literature!”
Christina Westover

Lev Grossman
“The idea of some kind of objectively constant, universal literary value is seductive. It feels real. It feels like a stone cold fact that In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust, is better than A Shore Thing, by Snooki. And it may be; Snooki definitely has more one-star reviews on Amazon. But if literary value is real, no one seems to be able to locate it or define it very well. We’re increasingly adrift in a grey void of aesthetic relativism.”
Lev Grossman

Ursula K. Le Guin
“There's a saying," Aeneas said: "Keep an eye on Greeks when they offer gifts." He spoke wryly. "Horses, particularly.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Lavinia

Samuel Johnson
“While an author is yet living we estimate his powers by his worst performance, and when he is dead we rate them by his best.”
Samuel Johnson

Sait Faik Abasıyanık
“Edebi eserler, insanı yeni ve mesut, başka iyi ve güzel bir dünyaya götürmeye yardım etmiyorlarsa neye yarar?”
Sait Faik Abasıyanık

Steven Heighton
“The idiot willingness to choose sides is what feeds the abattoir of history.”
Steven Heighton

E.M. Forster
“If human nature does alter it will be because individuals manage to look at themselves in a new way. Here and there people — a very few people, but a few novelists are among them — are trying to do this. Every institution and vested interest is against such a search: organized religion, the State, the family in its economic aspect, have nothing to gain, and it is only when outward prohibitions weaken that it can proceed: history conditions it to that extent. Perhaps the searchers will fail, perhaps it is impossible for the instrument of contemplation to contemplate itself, perhaps if it is possible it means the end of imaginative literature — [...] anyhow—that way lies movement and even combustion for the novel, for if the novelist sees himself differently, he will see his characters differently and a new system of lighting will result.”
E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel

Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
“The one thing is fiction in a novel and the other thing is reality. With fiction you don't make a fuss - you can 'beat it' and there's never enough. At least in my opinion - cause there are people, who complain about style intensity in literature: they prefer cereals with milk than abyssinian bitches roasted alive on bringhausers and watered with ya-yoo juice.”
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz

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