Literature Quotes

I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.
– John Steinbeck

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A story with a moral appended is like the bill of a mosquito. It bores you and then injects a stinging drop to irritate your conscience.
– O. Henry

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But, indeed, we prefer books to pounds; and we love manuscripts better than florins; and we prefer small pamphlets to war horses.
– Isaac D’Israeli

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There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
– Allan Bloom

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To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.
– Alvin Toffler

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They castrate the books of other men in order that with the fat of their works they may lard their own lean volumes.
– Jovius

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A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.
– Walter Bagehot

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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

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