Literary Quotes Quotes

Quotes tagged as "literary-quotes" (showing 1-30 of 32)
David Mitchell
“She was widely read enough to appreciate my literary wit but not so widely read that she knew my sources. I like that in a woman.”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Chinua Achebe
“Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.”
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

Gabriel García Márquez
“It is not that the girl is unfit for everything, it is that she is not of this world.”
Gabriel García Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons

“Someone who dreams cannot be forced to stop—there are no limitations to dreams, because we do not own dreams, dreams are from God.”
Christina Westover, Poisoning Sylvie

Lemony Snicket
“...she was so afraid of everything that she made it impossible to really enjoy anything at all.”
Lemony Snicket, The Wide Window

“All I want is to sleep--to dream. Life is better in dreams.”
Christina Westover, Poisoning Sylvie

Roman Payne
“What a face this girl possessed!—could I not gaze at it every day I would need to recreate it through painting, sculpture, or fatherhood until a second such face is born.”
Roman Payne, The Wanderess

Roman Payne
“A girl without braids
is like a city without bridges.”
Roman Payne, The Wanderess

Sarah J. Maas
“Yo era un liviano trozo de pelusa de diente de león, y él era el viento que me agitaba sobre el mundo.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

Kate Atkinson
“She fed him scraps from her ragbag because words were all that were left now. Perhaps he could use them to pay the ferryman. Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold. The world is charged with the grandeur of God. Full fathom five thy father lies. Little lamb, who made thee? Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie. On that best portion of a good man's life, his little nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love. Farther and farther, all the birds of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

The air rippled and shimmered. Time narrowed to a pinpoint. It was about to happen. Because the Holy Ghost over the bent world broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Kate Atkinson, A God in Ruins

Gabriel García Márquez
“The Bishop blessed him and helped him to his feet.
"May God have mercy on you," he said. And erased him from his heart.”
Gabriel García Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons

“I believe the visionaries and true reflections of society will be rewarded after their lives. Those being rewarded now are giving the public what it needs now, usually applauding its current state and clearing consciences.”
Hollace M. Metzger

Alex Morritt
“Short story collections are the literary equivalent of canapés, tapas and mezze in the world of gastronomy: Delightful assortments of tasty morsels to whet the reader's appetite.”
Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe

Ken Kesey
“The need for Mystery is greater than the need for an answer.”
Ken Kesey

Ashley Hay
“The oceans and the skies…and the sun coming up each new day. That’s all there is, I think. That’s all that matters to think on.”
Ashley Hay, The Railwayman's Wife

Henry Martin
“We lie on the blanket, our bare bodies basking in the sun like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Only our apples were bitten a long time ago, and we ate them too.”
Henry Martin, Finding Eivissa

“La marea comienza a descender. Los árboles afirman nuevamente sus raíces en la tierra. Las olas
de sangre que golpeaban mis costados se apaciguan y mi corazón echa anclas, semejante a un barco
cuyas velas se deslizan, cayendo suavemente sobre el puente inmaculado. El juego ha concluido. Es hora
de ir a tomar el té”
Virginia Wolf, The Waves

Edward Fahey
“Darkness crept through. Shadows pried at doors, teased dull edges of recollections that never quite took hold. Memories that would have shriveled under the blinding sun of daylight. And reason.”
Edward Fahey, The Mourning After

John Northcutt Young
“I don’t care if the streets of Heaven are gold or not as long as they’re clean and I don’t have to sweep them.”
John Northcutt Young, Second Blessing

Brenda Sutton Rose
“The wind whirls and whistles and strip pink blooms from the mimosas, scatters twigs, broken limbs, pine needles and pine cones across our yard, and robs the pecan trees of a thousand leaves. The storm eventually dies, but the bruised trees continue to weep into the night, still shimmering with dewy leaves when the sun comes up the next morning.”
Brenda Sutton Rose

Mariana Violante
“Era crédula, aunque lo negara, seguía creyendo en cuentos de hadas, por más que la vida trataba de decirme a gritos que las cosas no funcionaban de esa manera.”
Mariana Violante, Cosas que no duran

Bebe Moore Campbell
“His eyesight wasn’t as keen as it had been, but he knew a changing mind when he saw it.”
Bebe Moore Campbell, What You Owe Me

Michael Stutz
“All good writers are thieves. The best get away with a heist.”
Michael Stutz

Brenda Sutton Rose
“He takes a draw on a cigarette, blows out a smoky ghost. I reach to catch the phantom in my hands, but it eludes me. I've been trying to catch a ghost for as long as I can remember.”
Brenda Sutton Rose

Edna O'Brien
“Fiction should be in its way subversive. I don't think books should be neat or gentle or genteel or comforting. I think they should be raw. They should be written as perfectly as possible, but what they do is to stir up, to lance the reader.”
Edna O'Brien

Jussi Adler-Olsen
“For a moment Carl tried to picture everything in his mind, and then it happened. Somewhere inside of him, where cause and effect were not weighted against each other, and where logic and explanations never challenged consciousness, in that place where thoughts could live freely and played out against each other - right there in that spot, things fell into place, and he understood how it all fitted together”
Jussi Adler-Olsen, The Keeper of Lost Causes

Vladimir Nabokov
“A writer is lost when he grows interested in such questions as 'what is art?' and 'what is an artist's duty?”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Russian Literature

Vladimir Nabokov
“The decrees of society are temporary ones; what Tolstoy is interested in are the eternal demands of morality.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Russian Literature

Agona Apell
“A rain forest springs from the droppings of animals and grows greater than any cultivated garden; likewise, a great mass of literary skill springs from the droppings of writers that cross our minds through the reading we do.”
Agona Apell

George Ella Lyon
“This is not to say a writer has only one voice or is limited to the scope of her backyard. But in some sense her work must begin there, at the rootwad. And wherever she travels she must take that place with her, must feel in the dark of memory for its shape.”
George Ella Lyon

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