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Literature ... is the rediscovery of childhood.
– Georges BatailleRate it:
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 ManRate it:
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 PaveseRate it:
Literature is a luxury fiction is a necessity.
– G. K. ChestertonRate it:
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
– G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)Rate it:
Literature is a microscope; it shows us the unseen!
– Mehmet Murat ildanRate it:
Literature is a mountain made of gold in this poor world!
– Mehmet Murat ildanRate it:
Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.
– D. H. LawrenceRate it:
Literature is analysis after the event.
– Doris LessingRate it:
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 KellerRate it:
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 KellerRate it:
Literature is news that stays news.
– Ezra PoundRate it:
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 BorgesRate it:
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
– Virginia WoolfRate it:
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
– Virginia WoolfRate it:
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be grasped at once.
– Cyril ConnollyRate it:
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice journalism what will be read once.
– Cyril ConnollyRate it:
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
– Cyril ConnollyRate it:
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.
– Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise (1938)Rate it:
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 PazRate it:
Literature is the human activity that make the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.
– Lionel TrillingRate it:
Literature is the human activity that takes the fullest and most precise account of variousness, possibility, complexity, and difficulty.
– Lionel TrillingRate it:
Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
– ThorntonRate it:
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 RushdieRate it:
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 BarthesRate it:

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