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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

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It is curious to observe what different
ideals of happiness people cherish,
and in what singular places they look
for this well-spring of their life.
Many look for it in the hoarding of riches,
some in the pride of power,
and others in the achievements of art and literature;
a few seek it in the exploration of their own minds,
or in search for knowledge.
- Helen Keller

What matters in literature in the end is surely the idiosyncratic,
the individual, the flavor or the color of a particular human suffering.
- Harold Bloom

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


 

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

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.
- George P. Baker

I think Maus I is better than Maus II.
The standard here is whether or not it's as good as
a great book of prose literature and by that standard,
no, it's not that great.
- Ted Rall

In America, the only truly popular art form is the movies.
Most people consider painting a hobby and literature,
schoolwork.
- Brad Holland

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

All good Literature rests primarily on insight.
- George Henry Lewes

A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.
- Ezra Pound

The literature of women's lives is a tradition of escapees,
women who have lived to tell the tale.
- Phyllis Rose

I've often been accused of making anthropology into literature,
but anthropology is also field research.
Writing is central to it.
- Clifford Geertz

I studied English literature; I took 2 independent religion classes,
but I wasn't a religion major really.
- Maggie Gyllenhaal

Pop changes week to week, month to month.
But great music is like literature.
- Ravi Shankar

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

Literature is about as unnecessarily necessarily as
tableware or ironed shirts.
- Peter Bichsel

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.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

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

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

Here, you can walk into a bookstore and pick up a Bible
or Christian literature and learn.
Over there, they are lucky if they have one Bible for a whole village.
- Michael Scott

To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity
has become the moral duty of literature.
- Ernst Fischer

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

Don't ask to live in tranquil times.
Literature doesn't grow there.
- Rita Mae Brown

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

I've always said that music is like literature.
- Jose Carreras

If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
- Ezra Pound

The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern
tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool.
The reader will like the book to the degree that he
agrees with the writer about what's cool.
- Steven Brust

Our American professors like their literature clear
and cold and pure and very dead.
- Sinclair Lewis

Every man's memory is his private literature.
- Aldous Huxley

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

Postmodernism cost literature its audience.
- Scott Turow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think it is a mistake to identify a movie according to its language,
as if movies were literature.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud

I dislike literary jargon and never use it.
Criticism has only one function and that is to help
readers read and understand literature.
It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
- Anne Stevenson

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

What makes literature interesting is that it does not survive its translation.
The characters in a novel are made out of the sentences.
That's what their substance is.
- Jonathan Miller

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

I had an older brother who was very interested in literature,
so I had an early exposure to literature,
and and theater.
My father sometimes would work in musical comedies.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Take the time to discover how African-Americans have
had a great impact on this country.
In science, education, literature, art,
and politics.
- Lynn Swann

I studied literature design and fashion design.
- Danielle Steel

Literature has been the salvation of the damned,
literature has inspired and guided lovers,
routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
- John Cheever

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

Literature precedes genre.
- Rick Moody

Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading.
- Gilbert Murray

The greatest advances of civilization,
whether in architecture or painting,
in science and literature,
in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.
- Milton Friedman

The amateur is very rare in French literature -
as rare as he is common in our own.
- Lytton Strachey

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

A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic,
a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these,
he may venture to call himself an architect.
- Walter Scott

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

Reverence is fatal to literature.
- E. M. Forster

The difficulty of literature is not to write,
but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader,
but to affect him precisely as you wish.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

I had all the normal interests - I played basketball
and I headed the school paper.
But I also developed very early a great love for music
and literature and the theater.
- Carlisle Floyd

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

More than art, more than literature,
music is universally accessible.
- Billy Joel

Jesus claimed He had the power to raise himself from
the dead and His followers would be raised from the dead.
That's a unique claim in the literature of religion.
- Josh McDowell

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

It is doubtless one of Aristotle's great services that
he conceived so clearly the truth that literature is
a thing that grows and has a history.
- Gilbert Murray

Underground literature only began in the '70s,
when technical developments made it possible.
Before that, we were involved in a game with the censors.
That was our struggle.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

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


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