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 is the thought of thinking souls.
Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas!
Perversity is the muse of modern literature.
When a book, any sort of book, reaches a certain intensity of artistic performance it becomes literature.
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.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.
That's the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.
Some people claim that it is okay to read trashy novels because sometimes you can find something valuable in them. You can also find a crust of bread in a garbage can, if you search long enough, but there is a better way.
There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different.
Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.
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.
There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
[Literature is] a process of producing grand, beautiful, well-ordered lies that tell more truth than any assemblage of facts.
A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.
Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language; the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.
Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none
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.
In our day the conventional element in literature is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.
As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible.
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