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152 Greatest Quotes About Literature


Oh! it is absurd to have a hard-and-fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read. Oscar Wilde
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips. Charles Dickens
No man is offended by another man's admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment. Jane Austen
The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none. Charles Dickens
Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible. Virginia Woolf
Kill me, or you are a murderer. Franz Kafka
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others. Virginia Woolf
He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination. Jose Rizal
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself. John Steinbeck
Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay. Christopher Hitchens
If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. Jane Austen
The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read. Benjamin Franklin
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. Charles Dickens
All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else. Franz Kafka
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. Anne Frank
People aren't supposed to look back. I'm certainly not going to do it anymore. Kurt Vonnegut
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. Henry David Thoreau
The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose. Margaret Atwood
Sometimes, two people have to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together. Colleen Hoover
I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine. Emily Dickinson
Hence it comes that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed. Niccolo Machiavelli
About here, she thought, dabbling her fingers in the water, a ship had sunk, and she muttered, dreamily half asleep, how we perished, each alone. Virginia Woolf
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. Henry James
A wise reader reads the book of genius not with his heart, not so much with his brain, but with his spine. It is there that occurs the telltale tingle... Vladimir Nabokov
If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble. Jean-Paul Sartre
The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. Annie Dillard
She was fascinated with words. To her, words were things of beauty, each like a magical powder or potion that could be combined with other words to create powerful spells. Dean Koontz
What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit. John Updike
I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple. Jean-Paul Sartre
Literature is the orchestration of platitudes. Thornton Wilder
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. Thomas Jefferson
Men are only as great as they are kind. Elbert Hubbard
He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head. John Green
Puns are the highest form of literature. Alfred Hitchcock
Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down. George Eliot
Every man's memory is his private literature. Aldous Huxley
Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch. Jane Austen
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde
Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had. Michael Crichton
True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary. Heinrich Heine