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Literature Quotes


Famous Quotes & Quotations About Literature:

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
~ Italo Calvino.

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
~ Mark Twain.

The test of real literature is that it will bear repetition. We read over the same pages again and again, and always with fresh delight.
~ Samual McChord Crothers.

What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us!
~ James Russell Lowell.

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

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

I doubt if anything learnt at school is of more value than great literature learnt by heart.
~ Richard Livingstone.

Literature is analysis after the event.
~ Doris Lessing.

Literature is the question minus the answer.
~ Roland Barthes.

Literature is news that stays news.
~ Ezra Pound.

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

The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.
~ Anatole France.

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.

When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen. But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can.
~ Samuel Lover.

When you re-read a classic you do not see in the book more than you did before. You see more in you than there was before.
~ Clifton Fadiman.

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