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Literature exists at the same time in the modes of error and truth; it both betrays and obeys its own mode of being.
– Paul de Man
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.
– Cesare Pavese
Literature is a luxury fiction is a necessity.
– G. K. Chesterton
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
– G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
Literature is a microscope; it shows us the unseen!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
Literature is a mountain made of gold in this poor world!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.
– D. H. Lawrence
Literature is analysis after the event.
– Doris Lessing
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the sense shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
– Helen Keller
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
– Helen Keller
Literature is news that stays news.
– Ezra Pound
Literature is not exhaustible, for the sufficient and simple reason that a single book is not. A book is not an isolated entity: it is a narration, an axis of innumerable narrations. One literature differs from another, either before or after it, not so much because of the text as for the manner in which it is read.
– Jorge Luis Borges
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
– Virginia Woolf
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
– Virginia Woolf
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be grasped at once.
– Cyril Connolly
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be read once.
– Cyril Connolly
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
– Cyril Connolly
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.
– Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise (1938)
Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.
– Octavio Paz
Literature is the human activity that make the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.
– Lionel Trilling
Literature is the human activity that takes the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.
– Lionel Trilling
Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
– Thornton
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.
– Salman Rushdie
Literature is without proofs. By which it must be understood that it cannot prove, not only what it says, but even that it is worth the trouble of saying it.
– Roland Barthes
Literature must become party literature. Down with unpartisan litterateurs! Down with the superman of literature! Literature must become a part of the general cause of the proletariat.
– Vladimir Lenin

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