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Only the more rugged mortals should attempt to keep up with current literature.

Tags: Attempt, Keep  ✍ Author: George Ade

When the drama attains a characterization which makes the play a revelation of human conduct and a dialogue which characterizes yet pleases for itself, we reach dramatic literature.

Tags: Human, Makes  ✍ Author: George Pierce Baker

The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature.

Tags: Actor, Desire  ✍ Author: George Pierce Baker

Kingsley Amis was one of a trio of brilliant comic novelists who made English literature sparkle in the twentieth century.

Tags: Brilliant, English  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

It's funny, in literature no one ever goes to the lavatory.

Tags: Funny, Goes  ✍ Author: Stephen Baker

All literature is gossip.

Tags: Gossip  ✍ Author: Truman Capote

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

Tags: Fiction, Necessity  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

As an undergraduate I majored in British and American literature at Rice University.

Tags: American, University  ✍ Author: Lawrence Eagleburger

Most students of literature can pick apart a metaphor or spot an ethnic stereotype, but not many of them can say things like: 'The poem's sardonic tone is curiously at odds with its plodding syntax.'

Tags: Pick, Students  ✍ Author: Terry Eagleton

Horror fans are a particular breed. They analyze films with such detail and expertise that I am reminded of the Canadian literary critic Northrup Frye, who approached literature with similar archetypal analysis.

Tags: Fans, Films  ✍ Author: Roger Ebert

We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.

Tags: Convinced, Religion  ✍ Author: T. S. Eliot

I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.

Tags: Politics, Religion  ✍ Author: T. S. Eliot

For me, literature is a way of enlarging myself by learning about people who are not like me.

Tags: Enlarging, Learning  ✍ Author: Anne Fadiman

A script is not a piece of literature it's a process.

Tags: Piece, Process  ✍ Author: Abel Ferrara

Reverence is fatal to literature.

Tags: Fatal, Reverence  ✍ Author: E. M. Forster

What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.

Tags: Great, Wonderful  ✍ Author: E. M. Forster

Remember, I have a Ph.D. in English literature.

Tags: English, Remember  ✍ Author: Henry Louis Gates

I was trained in the '50s as a New Critic. I remember what literature was like before the New Critics, when people stood up and talked about Shelley's soul and such things.

Tags: Remember, Soul  ✍ Author: Clifford Geertz

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.

Tags: Decline, Nation  ✍ Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In a way, 'Billy Elliot' was autobiographical. I can't dance, but I think his dancing was me discovering about writing and literature.

Tags: Dance, Writing  ✍ Author: Katori Hall

Literature helps us transcend ourselves.

Tags: Ourselves, Transcend  ✍ Author: Philip Gilbert Hamerton

All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.

Tags: American, Book  ✍ Author: Ernest Hemingway

Every man's memory is his private literature.

Tags: Memory, Private  ✍ Author: Aldous Huxley

Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing.

Tags: Science, Sides  ✍ Author: Thomas Huxley

For me, literature is a complex game, both mental and concrete, which is acted out in a physical manner on the page.

Tags: Both, Game  ✍ Author: Guillermo Cabrera Infante
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The land of literature is a fairy land to those who view it at a distance, but, like all other landscapes, the charm fades on a nearer approach, and the thorns and briars become visible.

Tags: Become, View  ✍ Author: Washington Irving

I've always loved films, always. I studied literature and I went to Columbia in New York and I went to Paris for part of one year and ended up staying there.

Tags: Loved, Year  ✍ Author: Jim Jarmusch

Literature is an easier way to study acting, because then you can take any kind of spin.

Tags: Acting, Study  ✍ Author: Shia LaBeouf

And literature frequently rises to heights that make it international.

Tags: Frequently, Heights  ✍ Author: Irving Langmuir

If people aren't creating literature, there would be nothing for people to criticize.

Tags: Creating, Criticize  ✍ Author: Alistair MacLeod

Without literature my life would be miserable.

Tags: Life, Miserable  ✍ Author: Naguib Mahfouz

The Arab world also won the Nobel with me. I believe that international doors have opened, and that from now on, literate people will consider Arab literature also. We deserve that recognition.

Tags: Deserve, Won  ✍ Author: Naguib Mahfouz

The crown of literature is poetry.

Tags: Crown, Poetry  ✍ Author: W. Somerset Maugham

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.

Tags: Love, Others  ✍ Author: Andre Maurois

What is not in the open street is false, derived, that is to say, literature.

Tags: False, Open  ✍ Author: Henry Miller

There is only one school of literature - that of talent.

Tags: School, Talent  ✍ Author: Vladimir Nabokov

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.

Tags: Known, Sweetest  ✍ Author: Vladimir Nabokov

I finally returned to Iran in 1979, when I got my degree in English and American literature, and stayed for 18 years in the Islamic republic.

Tags: American, English  ✍ Author: Ralph Nader

My passion has always been books and literature, and teaching.

Tags: Books, Passion  ✍ Author: Ralph Nader

We're not in love with Literature all the time - especially when you have to teach it every day.

Tags: Love, Time  ✍ Author: Howard Nemerov

I went to London because, for me, it was the home of literature. I went there because of Dickens and Shakespeare.

Tags: Home, London  ✍ Author: Ben Okri

I feel a lot of adult fiction looks down on plot as a lesser form of literature.

Tags: Adult, Looks  ✍ Author: Jamie Oliver

The atmosphere of orthodoxy is always damaging to prose, and above all it is completely ruinous to the novel, the most anarchical of all forms of literature.

Tags: Above, Novel  ✍ Author: George Orwell

It seems to me that an author who has determined very new domains in literature is Gertrude Stein.

Tags: Determined, Seems  ✍ Author: Raymond Queneau

There's a long history of anthropomorphic animals in Japanese literature. The so-called 'funny animal scrolls' were the first narratives in Japanese history, and the heroes of many folk tales have animals as their companions.

Tags: Funny, History  ✍ Author: Stan Sakai

The Bible is literature, not dogma.

Tags: Bible, Dogma  ✍ Author: George Santayana

Literature for me isn't a workaday job, but something which involves desires, dreams and fantasy.

Tags: Dreams, Job  ✍ Author: Antonio Tabucchi

I don't know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.

Tags: Chickens  ✍ Author: E. B. White

This is not writing at all. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant.

Tags: Knew, Writing  ✍ Author: Virginia Woolf

Observing humans and observing oneself yields a clear-minded starting point for literature.

Tags: Oneself, Point  ✍ Author: Gao Xingjian

One of the biggest problems in literature is the lack of subtlety.

Tags: Lack, Problems  ✍ Author: Mo Yan

Intimate relationships are a gold mine for literature to explore, to understand, to describe.

Tags: Mine, Understand  ✍ Author: William Butler Yeats

Shirley Jackson's writings are a must for aficionados of the gothic and of good literature.

Tags: Good, Gothic  ✍ Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I don't think there's a whole lot of class literature at all. I think most of that has become racially based, and people don't think of it as being class literature.

Tags: Become, Whole  ✍ Author: Sherman Alexie

A lot of people have no idea that right now Y.A. (young adult). is the Garden of Eden of literature.

Tags: Idea, Young  ✍ Author: Sherman Alexie

Very broadly, literature concerns itself with the internal, cinema with the external.

Tags: Cinema, Concerns  ✍ Author: Martin Amis

There is grand romance in The Lord of the Rings. It's an important part of epic literature.

Tags: Lord, Romance  ✍ Author: Kevin J. Anderson

SF is the literature of the theoretically possible, and F is the literature of the impossible.

Tags: Impossible, Possible  ✍ Author: Piers Anthony

Journalism is literature in a hurry.

Tags: Communication, Journalism  ✍ Author: Matthew Arnold

Literature is air, and I'm suffocating in mediocrity.

Tags: Air, Mediocrity  ✍ Author: Armand Assante

I spent four years doing a doctorate in postmodern American literature. I can recognize it when I see it.

Tags: American, Four  ✍ Author: John Atkinson

I read a lot of heavy literature when I'm on set, so on holiday I want to indulge in something light-hearted.

Tags: Holiday, Read  ✍ Author: Hayley Atwell

The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.

Tags: Answers, Questions  ✍ Author: Margaret Atwood

The cinema, as literature, as all the plastic arts, do not exist outside of a critical system that allows us to study them.

Tags: Study, System  ✍ Author: Jacques Audiard

Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.

Tags: Humanity  ✍ Author: P. T. Barnum

Literature is the question minus the answer.

Tags: Answer, Question  ✍ Author: Roland Barthes

I read Russian literature a lot.

Tags: Read, Russian  ✍ Author: Mikhail Baryshnikov

In literature as in ethics, there is danger, as well as glory, in being subtle. Aristocracy isolates us.

Tags: Danger, Ethics  ✍ Author: Charles Baudelaire

There's a wealth of literature out there which, hopefully, will be, you know, exploded in the future, and I personally find it very rewarding to be involved with classic storytelling, and sort of legendary characters.

Tags: Future, Wealth  ✍ Author: Sean Bean

In French literature, you can choose a la carte; in Spanish literature, there is only the set meal.

Tags: Choose, Spanish  ✍ Author: Peter Berg

Representative institutions are as much a part of the true Briton as his language and his literature.

Tags: Language, True  ✍ Author: Annie Besant

Literature is about as unnecessarily necessarily as tableware or ironed shirts.

Tags: Shirts  ✍ Author: Peter Bichsel

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet, but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.

Tags: Criticism, Exist  ✍ Author: Harold Bloom

The knowledge of languages was very useful. I have a university degree in foreign languages and literature.

Tags: Graduation, Knowledge  ✍ Author: Emma Bonino

The force of the advertising word and image dwarfs the power of other literature in the 20th century.

Tags: Power, Word  ✍ Author: Daniel J. Boorstin

A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.

Tags: Losing, Trade  ✍ Author: Francesco Borromini

Bad literature is a form of treason.

Tags: Bad, Treason  ✍ Author: Joseph Brodsky

My master's degree was in English literature.

Tags: English, Master  ✍ Author: Sylvia Browne

Escapist literature gets a bad rap. But I think escape is important for a lot of people in a lot of places.

Tags: Bad, Escape  ✍ Author: Lois McMaster Bujold

For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.

Tags: Best, Happiness  ✍ Author: Thomas Bulfinch

Literature has become my life.

Tags: Become, Life  ✍ Author: Mikhail Bulgakov

All literature is political.

Tags: Political  ✍ Author: LeVar Burton

In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern.

Tags: Read, Science  ✍ Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

More particularly, having a largely German-oriented education has made me very responsive to 19th-century German literature.

Tags: Education, German  ✍ Author: John le Carre

I've always said that music is like literature.

Tags: Music, Said  ✍ Author: Jose Carreras

Literature is the denunciation of the times in which one lives.

Tags: Lives, Times  ✍ Author: Camilo Jose Cela

You become a reader by reading the literature, not by reading the handbooks about it.

Tags: Become, Reading  ✍ Author: Aidan Chambers

An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.

Tags: Age, Poetry  ✍ Author: Raymond Chandler

The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.

Tags: Greatest, Order  ✍ Author: Jean Cocteau

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle, without being at all acute; hence there is so much humour and so little wit in their literature.

Tags: Genius, Wit  ✍ Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

But picketing - picketing for or against something, and handing out literature - these are conspicuously formal actions. They have to be understood as indirect communication.

Tags: Actions, Against  ✍ Author: Robert Conrad

First literature came to refer only to itself, the literary theory.

Tags: Literary, Theory  ✍ Author: Tre Cool

American literature has never been content to be just one among the many literatures of the Western World. It has always aspired to be the literature not only of a new continent but of a New World.

Tags: American, Content  ✍ Author: Andre Dawson

The writer studies literature, not the world.

Tags: Studies, Writer  ✍ Author: Annie Dillard

The writer studies literature, not the world. He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write.

Tags: Write, Writer  ✍ Author: Annie Dillard

Literature should not be suppressed merely because it offends the moral code of the censor.

Tags: Code, Moral  ✍ Author: William O. Douglas

I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.

Tags: Journalism, Word  ✍ Author: Marguerite Duras

I did literature at university, so I had a real relationship with poetry, but they don't make many films about the world of a poet.

Tags: Poetry, Real  ✍ Author: Alice Eve

Facts are not science - as the dictionary is not literature.

Tags: Facts, Science  ✍ Author: Martin H. Fischer

Literature has drawn a funny perimeter that other art forms haven't.

Tags: Art, Funny  ✍ Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
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