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.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
Truths and roses have thorns about them.
Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
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.
A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.
What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
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.
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