200+ Best Literature Quotes And Sayings

Giving life to the written word is an art form. Writers are the highest of all artists, for they bring to life characters out of all time and space. They create worlds of their own imagining, new worlds that capture our imaginations. Authors don’t merely tell stories; they interpret them, shaping them into something entirely new yet familiar Read more

The world of literature is vast, diverse, and mysterious, but here are some of the best quotes about literature for you to enjoy.

Sometimes two people have to fall apart, to realize how...
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Sometimes two people have to fall apart, to realize how much they need to fall back together. Colleen Hoover
What are we doing to each other? Because I know...
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What are we doing to each other? Because I know that I am doing to him exactly what he is doing to me. We are sometimes so happy, and never in our lives have we known more unhappiness. Graham Greene
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The world has become sad because a puppet was once melancholy. The nihilist, that strange martyr who has no faith, who goes to the stake without enthusiasm, and dies for what he does not believe in, is a purely literary product. He was invented by Turgenev, and completed by Dostoevsky. Robespierre came out of the pages of Rousseau as surely as the People's Palace rose out debris of a novel. Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. Oscar Wilde
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The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favorites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favorites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction–until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered–they connect with an audience–or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books–and thus what they count as literature–really tells you more about them than it does about the book. Brent Weeks
Personal experience is the basis of all real literature.
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Personal experience is the basis of all real literature. George Henry Lewis
He who writes to his beloved every day is not...
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He who writes to his beloved every day is not a lover, but a writer. Dr. Kyaciss Pfiell
For thy sweet love remembr'd such wealth brings That then,...
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For thy sweet love remembr'd such wealth brings That then, I scorn to change my state with kings. William Shakespeare
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and...
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Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent Victor Hugo
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For my part, I love to give myself up to the illusion of poetry. A hero of fiction that never existed is just as valuable to me as a hero of history that existed a thousand years ago. Washington Irving
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Read for yourselves, read for the sake of your inspiration, for the sweet turmoil in your lovely head. But also read against yourselves, read for questioning and impotence, for despair and erudition, read the dry sardonic remarks of cynical philosophers like Cioran or even Carl Schmitt, read newspapers, read those who despise, dismiss or simply ignore poetry and try to understand why they do it. Read your enemies, read those who reinforce your sense of what's evolving in poetry, and also read those whose darkness or malice or madness or greatness you can't understand because only in this way will you grow, outlive yourself, and become what you are. Adam Zagajewski
The glory of the protagonist is always paid for by...
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The glory of the protagonist is always paid for by a lot of secondary characters Tony Hoagland
Something genuine like a mark in a toilet, graced with...
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Something genuine like a mark in a toilet, graced with guts and gutted with grace E.e. Cummings
No one says a novel has to be one thing....
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No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be anything it wants to be, a vaudeville show, the six o’clock news, the mumblings of wild men saddled by demons. Ishmael Reed
If the word doesn't exist, invent it; but first be...
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If the word doesn't exist, invent it; but first be sure it doesn't exist. Charles Baudelaire
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have...
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Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others. Virginia Woolf
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Surely it is an odd way to spend your life - sitting alone in a room with a pen in your hand, hour after hour, day after day, year after year, struggling to put words on pieces of paper in order to give birth to what does not exist, except in your head. Why on earth would anyone want to do such a thing? The only answer I have ever been able to come up with is: because you have to, because you have no choice. Paul Auster
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Keep reminding yourself that literature is one of the saddest roads that leads to everything. Unknown
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Literature was not promulgated by a pale and emasculated critical priesthood singing their litanies in empty churches - nor is it a game for the cloistered elect, the tinhorn mendicants of low calorie despair. Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed. The skalds, the bards, the writers are not separate and exclusive. From the beginning, their functions, their duties, their responsibilities have been decreed by our species.--speech at the Nobel Banquet at the City Hall in Stockholm, December 10, 1962 . John Steinbeck
Anyone who says writing is easy isn't doing it right.
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Anyone who says writing is easy isn't doing it right. Amy Joy
I think that I had better go, Holmes.
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I think that I had better go, Holmes.""Not a bit, doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my Boswell. Arthur Conan Doyle