There is no remedy for love but to love more.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
Literature is the thought of thinking souls.
Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.
The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent.
He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.
What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.
The existence of good bad literature—the fact that one can be amused or excited or even moved by a book that one's intellect simply refuses to take seriously—is a reminder that art is not the same thing as cerebration.
The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
Leisure without literature is death and burial alive.
How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?
The only privilege literature deserves - and this privilege it requires in order to exist - is the privilege of being in the arena of discourse, the place where the struggle of our languages can be acted out.
The liveliness of literature lies in its exceptionality, in being the individual, idiosyncratic vision of one human being, in which, to our delight and great surprise, we may find our own vision reflected.
Literature is a defense against the attacks of life. It says to life: You can't deceive me. I know your habits, foresee and enjoy watching all your reactions, and steal your secret by involving you in cunning obstructions that halt your normal flow.
Whoever has the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death. Because a character will never die! A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation: but what he has created will never die!
If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
Literature is the human activity that make the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.
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