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Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
– Joyce
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Literary confessors are contemptible, like beggars who exhibit their sores for money, but not so contemptible as the public that buys their books.
– W. H. Auden
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Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
– Gaston Bachelard
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Literature ... is the rediscovery of childhood.
– Georges Bataille
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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
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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
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Literature is a luxury fiction is a necessity.
– G. K. Chesterton
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Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
– G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
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Literature is a microscope; it shows us the unseen!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
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Literature is a mountain made of gold in this poor world!
– Mehmet Murat ildan
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Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.
– D. H. Lawrence
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Literature is analysis after the event.
– Doris Lessing
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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
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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
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Literature is news that stays news.
– Ezra Pound
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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
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Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
– Virginia Woolf
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Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
– Virginia Woolf
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Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be grasped at once.
– Cyril Connolly
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Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be read once.
– Cyril Connolly
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Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
– Cyril Connolly
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Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.
– Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise (1938)
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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
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Literature is the human activity that make the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.
– Lionel Trilling
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Literature is the human activity that takes the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.
– Lionel Trilling
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