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 could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.
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.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
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.
There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
You can't teach a hunter it's wrong to kill.
Literature is news that stays news.
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.
When a book, any sort of book, reaches a certain intensity of artistic performance it becomes literature.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent.
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
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.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it.
Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
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.
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