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.
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.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
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.
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
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.
When a man can observe himself suffering and is able, later, to describe what he's gone through, it means he was born for literature.
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
Truths and roses have thorns about them.
There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
The only sensible ends of literature are, first, the pleasurable toil of writing; second, the gratification of one's family and friends; and lastly, the solid cash.
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 my Utopia
It's easier to write about Socrates than about a young woman or a cook.
When an actor has money he doesn't send letters, he sends telegrams.
Literature is news that stays news.
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