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Process Piece

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

- Abel Ferrara

Fiction Noir

Crime fiction, especially noir and hardboiled, is the literature of the proletariat.

- Adrian McKinty

Beauty Courage

In the non-Greek stories, Persia, Egypt, even China, Central Asia, in oral traditions and written literature, anyone who fights Amazons admires their courage and beauty, and they want to be allies of the Amazon; they don't wanna kill them.

- Adrienne Mayor

About Reader

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

- Aidan Chambers

Memory Private

Every man's memory is his private literature.

- Aldous Huxley


In Bosnian, there's no distinction in literature between fiction and nonfiction; there's no word describing that.

- Aleksandar Hemon

Memory Living

Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.

- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.

- Alfred North Whitehead

Most Total

The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.

- Alfred North Whitehead

Always Shared

I've always believed you go to literature to find the shared human experience, not the categorized human experience.

- Alice McDermott

Criticize Would

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

- Alistair MacLeod

Love Period

I love 19th-century Russian literature, the avant garde, the Soviet period.

- Amor Towles

Always Read

In science, read by preference the newest works. In literature, read the oldest. The classics are always modern.

- Amy Lowell

Love Dating

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

- Andre Maurois

Rest Read

My favorite literature to read is fairly dry history. I like the framework, and my imagination can do the rest.

- Andrew Bird

Role Plays

Literature plays a huge role in examining difficult real-life issues.

- Angie Thomas


Literature births activists.

- Angie Thomas

Person Them

Each person has a literature inside them.

- Anna Deavere Smith

Like Enlarging

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

- Anne Fadiman


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

- Annie Besant

World Will

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

- Annie Dillard

World Studies

The writer studies literature, not the world.

- Annie Dillard

Get Traditional

It is, of course, traditional in children's literature to get rid of the parents.

- Anthony Horowitz

Men Want

We must wash literature off ourselves. We want to be men above all, to be human.

- Antonin Artaud

Fantasy Which

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

- Antonio Tabucchi

Air Suffocating

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

- Armand Assante

Very Largely

The literature of the inner life is very largely a record of struggle with the inordinate passions of the social self.

- Charles Horton Cooley

Either Works

All great works of literature either dissolve a genre or invent one.

- Charles J. Shields

Best Exciting

Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive.

- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Me Characters

To me, characters are at the heart of great literature.

- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Inevitable Will

If it is good literature, the reader and the writer will connect. It's inevitable.

- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Love I Love

One of the epiphanies I had was that I got into publishing because I love literature.

- Chris Pavone

Music Code

Istanbul is inspiring because it has its own code of architecture, literature, poetry, music.

- Christian Louboutin


Our points of reference in America aren't steeped in literature; they're steeped in that five minutes between commercials.

- Clarke Peters

Want Read

I want it to be easy to read. I'm not writing exotic literature.

- Clive Cussler


I'm not a great writer of literature. I'm an entertainer.

- Clive Cussler

Art Twice

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.

- Cyril Connolly

Nature Fullest

Literature at its fullest takes human nature as its theme. That's the kind of writing that interests me.

- Damon Galgut

Music Biology

Children in schools need to have something to do with music and learn it the way they do literature, geography and biology.

- Daniel Barenboim

Image Other

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

- Daniel J. Boorstin

Theatre Does

A theatre, a literature, an artistic expression that does not speak for its own time has no relevance.

- Dario Fo

Think Been

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

- Dashiell Hammett

Bible Which

The book of the Psalms, which is the primary devotional literature of the whole Bible, is full of complaints.

- David Augsburger


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

- David Eagleman

Never Getting

I'm never going to be in danger of getting the Nobel Prize for literature.

- David Eddings

Which Slightly

I have a slightly bad back, which has made an enormous contribution to American literature.

- David Eddings

Other Mostly

Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way round.

- David Lodge

World Measured

The world of scholarship is much more measured in its appreciation and also its criticism than the world of popular literature.

- Deborah Harkness

School Always

When I was at school, I was terrible at algebra and arithmetic, but I was always the best at English and literature. And acting, of course.

- Joan Collins

Better Other

In the ongoing celebration that is literature, we are asked to imagine ourselves as other selves, for better or worse.

- Joanna Scott

Memory Mind

A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.

- John Henry Newman

Most Seductive

Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions.

- John Morley

Kind Study

The study of literature threatens to become a kind of paleontology of failure, and criticism a supercilious psychoanalysis of authors.

- John Updike

Paris Oxford

All of my education at Harvard, then Oxford, then Paris was in literature - even my thesis was on Shakespeare.

- Jonathan Kozol

Music Always

I've always said that music is like literature.

- Jose Carreras

Will Shipwreck

Lovers of literature will look for the remains of the golden treasure in that shipwreck on the bottom of the sea of criticism.

- Josef Skvorecky

Bad Treason

Bad literature is a form of treason.

- Joseph Brodsky

Rules Own

Literature invents its own rules.

- Joseph Brodsky

Which Large

The literature from which I come is rather large.

- Joseph Brodsky

How Knew

He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it.

- Joseph Heller

Bad Most

Most literature everywhere and of every time is bad.

- Joshua Cohen

Culture Before

Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace, before and after culture.

- Juan Ramon Jimenez

Good Destroy

What good is a writer if he can't destroy literature? And us... what good are we if we don't help as much as we can in that destruction?

- Julio Cortazar


Literature is the immortality of speech.

- August Wilhelm von Schlegel

Best American

The best work of literature to represent the American Dream is 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It shows us how dreaming can be tainted by reality, and that if you don't compromise, you may suffer.

- Azar Nafisi

Always Been

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

- Azar Nafisi

Movies Matters

When you kill somebody in the movies, it matters, whereas in literature it can be allegorical.

- Barbet Schroeder

Always Very

American literature had always considered writing a very serious matter.

- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Kind Discover

I did not discover literature of any kind until I was about eleven, or ten.

- Ben Peek

Wonderful Lyric

There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry.

- Gyorgy Ligeti

Art Dress

There are vogues and fashions in jurisprudence as in literature and art and dress.

- Benjamin N. Cardozo

Some Things

Some things in literature are inexplicable.

- Halldor Laxness

Never Exist

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

Soviet Union

Literature has its own life, even in a dictatorship like the Soviet Union.

- Heinrich Boll

Modern Been

Twentieth-century American poetry has been one of the glories of modern literature.

- Helen Vendler


Anything in literature, including memory, is second-hand.

- Herta Muller


Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.

- Boris Pasternak

Familiarity His

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

- Boris Spassky

Bible Standard

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

- Hugh Blair

More Than

Gossip is more popular than literature.

- Hugh Leonard


Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.

- Iris Murdoch


And literature frequently rises to heights that make it international.

- Irving Langmuir

Happiness Other

Time the great destroyer of other men's happiness, only enlarges the patrimony of literature to its possessor.

- Isaac D'Israeli


Dictatorship and authentic literature are incompatible... The writer is the natural enemy of dictatorship.

- Ismail Kadare

Freedom Other

Literature led me to freedom, not the other way round.

- Ismail Kadare

Only Created

Good literature can be created only with something that is different from literature.

- Italo Calvino

Small Very

I have the feeling of being a very small item on this planet, and literature enables me to express that.

- J. M. G. Le Clezio

Which Times

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

- Camilo Jose Cela

I Am Literary

I am a literary animal. For me, everything ends in literature.

- Carlos Fuentes

Shirley Jackson

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

- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Think Concerned

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

- Jacqueline Susann

Process See

I hope someday to see California literature become a part of mainstream American literature, and I hope to be part of that process.

- Carolyn See

Think High

I'm not into high literature, but I think all my books are literate.

- James Herbert

Certainly Large

There's certainly a large literature around baseball in the U.S.

- Chad Harbach

Prominent Later

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

- James Payn

Formal Epigram

All literature is an effort at the formal character of the epigram.

- Delmore Schwartz

Shape Our

Our literature is in great shape.

- James Welch

She Gaelic

Maud Gonne was - excuse me, Maud Gonne was central to the Gaelic literature revival. She wrote plays, and she sang.

- Derrick Jensen

Mother Thought

I'm kind of a reluctant Anglophile. My mother's a children's librarian, and all of the children's literature I read was from her childhood - E. Nesbit and Dickens, which isn't children's literature at all, but I was sort of steeped in English literature. I thought I was of that world.

- Jefferson Mays

Think Always

I think the great artists, especially in literature, have always thought with the heart.

- Douglas Sirk