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The function of literature, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive.
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The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
View quotes by Isaac Singer

American literature has never been content to be just one among the many literatures of the Western World. It has always aspired to be the literature not only of a new continent but of a New World.
View quotes by Christopher Dawson

All literature is gossip.
View quotes by Truman Capote

All literature is political.
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He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.
View quotes by Joseph Heller

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
View quotes by Matthew Arnold

A louse in the locks of literature.
View quotes by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Every man's memory is his private literature.

View quotes by Aldous Huxley

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
View quotes by Andre Maurois

Literature is the question minus the answer.
View quotes by Roland Barthes

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
View quotes by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.
View quotes by Thomas Carlyle

Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children; life is the other way round
View quotes by David Lodge

When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen
View quotes by Samuel Lover

Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
View quotes by T S Eliot

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

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

Dr Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature.
View quotes by Anita Brookner

What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
View quotes by E M Forster

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