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Cyril ConnollyLiterature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once, and they require separate techniques.

—  Cyril Connolly, 1903-1974, British writer

Gertrude SteinLiterature - creative literature - unconcerned with sex, is inconceivable.

—  Gertrude Stein, 1874-1946, American writer

George Bernard ShawMy main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Wolfgang GoetheEvery author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Wolfgang GoetheThe decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerThe business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Mark TwainFiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Oscar WildeThe good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Gore VidalSoutherners make good novelists: they have so many stories because they have so much family.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Gore VidalAmerican society, literary or lay, tends to be humorless. What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Samuel JohnsonThe only end of writing is to enable readers better to enjoy life or better to endure it.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Fernando PessoaTo write is to forget. Literature is the pleasantest way of ignoring life.

—  Fernando Pessoa, 1888-1935, Portuguese poet & writer

Albert CamusA novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Albert CamusFiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

G. K. ChestertonLiterature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

G. K. ChestertonA good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

Jules RenardLiterature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

Jean CocteauThe greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

André GideIt is with noble sentiments that bad literature gets written.

—  André Gide, 1869-1951, French writer, Nobel 1947

George SantayanaThe Bible is literature, not dogma.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Karl KrausToday's literature: prescriptions written by patients.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

T. S. EliotThe purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

T. S. EliotDante and Shakespeare divide the world between them. There is no third.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Charles DarwinI have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.

—  Charles Darwin, 1809-1882, British scientist

Samuel JohnsonWhat is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Movie Quotes

Breathless (1960)- Do you know William Faulkner?
- No. Who's he? Have you slept with him?

—  from the film Breathless (1960)


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