Literature Quotes

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
Oscar Wilde

We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.
T. S. Eliot
Literature Quotes
Literature Quotes

If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.
Jean-Paul Sartre

Every man's memory is his private literature.
Aldous Huxley

The attempt to devote oneself to literature alone is a most deceptive thing, and often, paradoxically, it is literature that suffers for it.
Vaclav Havel

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Remarks are not literature.
Gertrude Stein

Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.
Toni Morrison

Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
Fernando Pessoa

This is not writing at all. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant.
Virginia Woolf

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
Robert Louis Stevenson

If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.
Evelyn Waugh

There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
P.G. Wodehouse

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
Virginia Woolf

There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
Thomas Carlyle

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
Cassandra Clare

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

We must wash literature off ourselves. We want to be men above all, to be human.
Antonin Artaud

Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science.
Thomas Huxley

There is only one school of literature - that of talent.
Vladimir Nabokov

Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing.
Thomas Huxley

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

Every man's work, whether it be literature, or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
Samuel Butler

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

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
Ezra Pound

The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.
Jean Cocteau

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

The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
Stephen Leacock

The amateur is very rare in French literature - as rare as he is common in our own.
Lytton Strachey

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

It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
Henry James

Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.
Iris Murdoch

Literature - creative literature - unconcerned with sex, is inconceivable.
Gertrude Stein

Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Henry Miller

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
G.K. Chesterton

This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers: they treat the text as a part of themselves, as a possession.
Ryszard Kapuscinski