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Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life:
in education,
medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
- Barry Commoner

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The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

Movies are a complicated collision of literature,
theatre, music and all the visual arts.
- Yahoo Serious

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress;
when I get tired of one,
I spend the night with the other.
- Anton Chekhov


This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers:
they treat the text as a part of themselves,
as a possession.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe
that great literature is very close to life,
but exactly the opposite is true.
Life is amorphous, literature is formal.
- Francoise Sagan

Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge
is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.
- Nelson Algren

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Literature flourishes best when it is half a trade and half an art.
- William Ralph Inge

Herman Melville was as separated from a civilized literature
as the lost Atlantis was said to have been from the
great peoples of the earth.
- Edward Dahlberg

I attempt to write a good novel.
Whether it is literature or not is something that will be decided by the ages,
not by me and not by a pack of critics around the globe.
- Elizabeth George

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.
- Jim Jarmusch

The sinews of art and literature, like those of war,
are money.
- Samuel Butler

Literature is the question minus the answer.
- Roland Barthes

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

Although there is a very large literature,
still growing almost daily, on the Chinese calendar,
its interest is, we suggest, much more archaeological
and historical than scientific.
- Joseph Needham

Literature...
is the union of suffering with the instinct for form.
- Thomas Mann

In all highly civilised communities Pretence is prominent,
and sooner or later invades the regions of Literature.
- James Payn

I didn't choose Russia but Russia chose me.
I had been fascinated from an early age by the culture,
the language, the literature and the history to the place.
- Helen Dunmore

On almost anything someone does in the computer business,
you can go back in the literature and prove someone had done it earlier.
- Ken Olsen

The idea of bringing young people up to Literature
is doubtless calculated to raise the eyebrows almost
as much as the suggestion of bringing them up to the Stage.
- James Payn

If we can't stamp out literature in the country,
we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.
- Evelyn Waugh

Judaism has always been a strong interest of mine.
My two sons speak Hebrew and are familiar with the
scriptures and with rabbinic literature.
This is the way we live.
- Herman Wouk

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.
- Harold Bloom

Indeed; peace literature is almost exclusively read,
though to good effect, by pacifists,
while what is needed is the canvassing of those who
have not so far been won to the cause.
- Fredrik Bajer

Literature has to serve as a moral control of politics.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The study of social progress is to-day not less needed
in literature than is the analysis of the human heart.
- Alfred de Vigny

Film is our literature, so we should tell stories that
are apropos of our culture,
in that we can learn something about ourselves.
- David Strathairn

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

Post-Modernism was a reaction against Modernism.
It came quite early to music and literature,
and a little later to architecture.
And I think it's still coming to computer science.
- Larry Wall

Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace,
before and after culture.
- Juan Ramon Jimenez

If I could have gone on describing to you the beauties of this region,
who knows but I might have made a fine addition to
the literature of our age?
- Robert Gould Shaw

Bobby Fischer has an enormous knowledge of chess and
his familiarity with the chess literature of the USSR is immense.
- Boris Spassky

I was guilty of judging capitalism by its operations
and socialism by its hopes and aspirations;
capitalism by its works and socialism by its literature.
- Sidney Hook

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

Change is the principal feature of our age and literature
should explore how people deal with it.
The best science fiction does that, head-on.
- David Brin

I wish to share and pass down some of my generation's traits,
and encourage young people to create their own art,
music, and literature.
- David Amram

Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry.
With both you are working with reality,
a material just as hard as wood.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

As society diversifies, the number of people who read
literature is decreasing.
It will be difficult for readers to digest my ideas through literature.
- Cao Yu

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

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

The moral backbone of literature is about that whole question of memory.
To my mind it seems clear that those who have no memory
have the much greater chance to lead happy lives.
- W. G. Sebald

The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.
- Hugh Blair

Without a sense of place the work is often reduced
to a cry of voices in empty rooms,
a literature of the self, at its best poetic music;
at its worst a thin gruel of the ego.
- William Kennedy

Literature is news that stays news.
- Ezra Pound

Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very
little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left.
- Robert Lynd

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

I don't think any novelist should be concerned with literature.
- Jacqueline Susann

I didn't make any money from my writing until much later.
I published about 80 stories for nothing.
I spent on literature.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Practically every movie that shows the pope or even a bishop as a character,
and in much of western literature of the last 300 or 400 years,
these are portrayed as awful figures.
- Michael Novak

Even if you only want to write science fiction,
you should also read mysteries, poetry,
mainstream literature, history, biography,
philosophy, and science.
- Walter Jon Williams

I've been as bad an influence on American literature
as anyone I can think of.
- Dashiell Hammett

Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time,
and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.
- Gore Vidal

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

I studied literature design and fashion design.
- Danielle Steel

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

The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art,
because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn...
tired of common sense and civilization.
- F. L. Lucas

Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving,
the most dangerous of professions.
- John Morley

Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
- T. S. Eliot

And in down times it shakes a lot of the bad SF out,
a lot the stuff that was bought for literary reasons,
which is neither entertaining nor great literature.
- Jerry Pournelle

That a literature in our time is living is shown in
that way that it debates problems.
- Georg Brandes

The Nobel Prize has given me, for the first time in my life,
the feeling that my literature could be appreciated
on an international level.
- Naguib Mahfouz

A lot of performing instincts are involved in the business of direction,
but so is analysis and having a sense of literature.
- Trevor Nunn

It is the nature of the artist to mind excessively what is said about him.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have
minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
- Virginia Woolf

I do not believe in sex distinction in literature,
law, politics, or trade - or that modesty and virtue
are more becoming to women than to men,
but wish we had more of it everywhere.
- Belva Lockwood

Literature is the immortality of speech.
- August Wilhelm von Schlegel

All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight,
or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
- George Henry Lewes

The elegance and the quality - the talent is always in the literature.
I start with the word and I base everything on that.
It doesn't make any difference to me.
- Kate Mulgrew

If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead.
How liberating to work in the margins,
outside a central perception.
You are the ghoul of literature.
Lovely.
- Don DeLillo

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

I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert
in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature.
- Anne Stevenson

There are those who believe we have need of more literature,
of a large international publishing house,
of a great peace newspaper, or the like.
I am rather skeptical about this idea.
- Fredrik Bajer


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