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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

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

“The only problem i had with literature that I simply couldn't figure out was that the correct answer was the first thing that comes to your mind after reading the question, the most obvious one.
I can only blame math for that.”
Blin Varfi

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

M.H. Abrams
“It's amazing how, age after age, in country after country, and in all languages, Shakespeare emerges as incomparable.”
M.H. Abrams

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
“Una mujer es como la buena literatura: al alcance de todos, pero incomprensible para los estúpidos.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Niall Williams
“All writers are waiting for replies. That’s what I’ve learned. Maybe all human beings are”
Niall Williams, History of the Rain

Irina Binder
“Dacă nu-i vezi lacrimile unui om, nu înseamnă că el nu plânge pe ascuns în sufletul lui.”
Irina Binder

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

George Pólya
“I started studying law, but this I could stand just for one semester. I couldn't stand more. Then I studied languages and literature for two years. After two years I passed an examination with the result I have a teaching certificate for Latin and Hungarian for the lower classes of the gymnasium, for kids from 10 to 14. I never made use of this teaching certificate. And then I came to philosophy, physics, and mathematics. In fact, I came to mathematics indirectly. I was really more interested in physics and philosophy and thought about those. It is a little shortened but not quite wrong to say: I thought I am not good enough for physics and I am too good for philosophy. Mathematics is in between.”
George Pólya

Tony Hoagland
“the glory of the protagonist is always paid for
by a lot of secondary characters”
Tony Hoagland

Tzvetan Todorov
“When the critic has said everything in his power about a literary text, he has still said nothing; for the very existence of literature implies that it cannot be replaced by non-literature”
Tzvetan Todorov

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

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

Amy Joy
“Literature cannot be imposed; it must be discovered.”
Amy Joy

Jorge Luis Borges
“En mi época no había Best-Sellers y no podíamos prostituírnos. No había quien comprara nuestra prostitución.”
Jorge Luis Borges

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

Veronika Carnaby
“Many people don’t realize the connection between music and literature and I’m here to tell them that it does exist!”
Veronika Carnaby

Orson Scott Card
“As often I have been a science fiction writer writing science fiction for the community of science fiction readers, I am also, for good or ill, an American writing American literature to an American audience. Most fundamentally, though, I am a human being writing human literature to a human audience.”
Orson Scott Card

Marcel Proust
“No days, perhaps, of all our childhood are ever so fully lived are those that we had regarded as not being lived at all: days spent wholly with a favourite book.”
Marcel Proust, Days of Reading

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