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.
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism, are all very good words for the lips.
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.
The civility which money will purchase, is rarely extended to those who have none.
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.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.
No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.
Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay.
If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.
The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.
Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else.
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
New faces have more authority than accustomed ones.
People aren't supposed to look back. I'm certainly not going to do it anymore.
The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.
Sometimes, two people have to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together.
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.
Hence it comes that all armed Prophets have been victorious, and all unarmed Prophets have been destroyed.
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.
Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
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...
If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble.
She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.
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.
What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.
I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple.
The higher the building the lower the morals.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.
Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.
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.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.
True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and nothing but what is necessary.