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Literature quotes range from observations penned in esoteric novels by writers with multisyllabic, hyphenated names to basic, inspirational thoughts by astute and talented authors like Dr. Seuss. One of his simplest, but most meaningful comments playfully suggests, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” This comment is inspiring to even the youngest readers. So even though literature quotes may appear intimidating, one doesn’t have to read a voluminous, 500-page novel to espouse to your friends and colleagues, “yes, I enjoy literature.” Your secret is safe with us. Reference.com Definition of Literature
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George Bernard Shaw

"In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it." George Bernard Shaw
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Alexis de Tocqueville

"By and large the literature of a democracy will never exhibit the order, regularity, skill, and art characteristic of aristocratic literature; formal qualities will be neglected or actually despised. The style will often be strange, incorrect, overburdened, and loose, and almost always strong and bold. Writers will be more anxious to work quickly than to perfect details. Short works will be commoner than long books, wit than erudition, imagination than depth. There will be a rude and untutored vigor of thought with great variety and singular fecundity. Authors will strive to astonish more than to please, and to stir passions rather than to charm taste." Alexis de Tocqueville
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"Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature." Ravi Shankar
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T.S. Eliot

"Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature." T.S. Eliot
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"Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man." Vladimir Nabokov
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Oscar Wilde

"Anybody can write a three-volume novel. It merely requires a complete ignorance of both life and literature." Oscar Wilde
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"The struggle of literature is in fact a struggle to escape from the confines of language; it stretches out from the utmost limits of what can be said; what stirs literature is the call and attraction of what is not in the dictionary." Italo Calvino
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"Literature has always had its circus side, its freaks and its frivolities - and maybe that's all part of it, and no bad thing if it draws people towards what is most worthwhile." Alain Botton
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"Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood." Gabriel Marquez
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"It's been a long time since the prize has gone to someone like that. Esthetic literature has dominated because, I think, the modernist trend has been to frown upon scientific literature," Horace Engdahl
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"The appeal of the Trail to me, as someone who's interested in American literature, is that it's almost a time-travel machine - to walk on a mountain that is not too different today than the way it might have been 200 years ago. And just to read what a writer has written about that piece of terrain, and to try to experience the same thing, that feels magical to me - to feel that, Here I am, in the same place that Henry Thoreau was." Ian Marshall
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"Literature exists at the same time in the modes of error and truth; it both betrays and obeys its own mode of being." Paul Man
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"Literature... is condemned (or privileged) to be forever the most rigorous and, consequently, the most reliable of terms in which man names and transforms himself." Paul Man
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"Newer teachers also have a broader perspective on literature." Larry Johannessen
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"Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions." John Morley
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British Statesman    Literature   

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"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
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British Entertainer    Literature   

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"There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity." Mario Llosa
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Creation    Literature   

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"He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it." Joseph Heller
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"If it was verifiable in acceptable medical literature from multiple sources, that was kind of a litmus test." Jane Smith
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Virginia Woolf

"Henry James seems most entirely in his element, doing that is to say what everything favors his doing, when it is a question of recollection. The mellow light which swims over the past, the beauty which suffuses even the commonest little figures of that" Virginia Woolf
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"The literature at the top says Reader's Digest but it is not. If you look at the literature, it says USA Direct Inc. What they do is say you have won and of course everyone knows Reader's Digest so they assume it's legitimate." Jeannie Hoskins
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