We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement.— B. F. Skinner
Successful Great Literature quotations
Silence is a source of great strength.
All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.
Herman Melville was as separated from a civilized literature as the lost Atlantis was said to have been from the great peoples of the earth.
Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
As I passed along the side walls of Westminster Abbey, I hardly saw any thing but marble monuments of great admirals, but which were all too much loaded with finery and ornaments, to make on me at least, the intended impression.
Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
Great minds discuss ideas.Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss people.
Every great political campaign rewrites the rules;
devising a new way to win is what gives campaigns a comparative advantage against their foes.
One of the best known, and one of the least intelligible, facts of literary history is the lateness, in Western European Literature at any rate, of prose fiction, and the comparative absence, in the two great classical languages, of what we call by that name.
First of all, the Jewish religion has a great deal in common with the Christian religion because, as Rabbi Gillman points out in the show, Christianity is based on Judaism. Christ was Jewish.
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
Pop changes week to week, month to month. But great music is like literature.
Although spoken English doesn't obey the rules of written language, a person who doesn't know the rules thoroughly is at a great disadvantage.
I doubt if anything learnt at school is of more value than great literature learnt by heart.
Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
To a great mind, nothing is little.
One of the great events in my life was my first meeting with Edison.
This wonderful man, who had received no scientific training, yet had accomplished so much, filled me with amazement. I felt that the time I had spent studying languages, literature and art was wasted; though later, of course, I learned this was not so.
One thing that literature would be greatly the better for Would be a more restricted employment by authors of simile and>metaphor.
Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
I do believe any hero is a person that can be knocked down.
A failure isn't a person who gets knocked down; a failure is a person who stays down, and to me, the great heroes take the beating, get knocked down and stand back up again. Perseus is defined as one of the great heroes in literature, so you gotta take that on board.
I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.
Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.
When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.
Great God of the Ants, thou hast granted victory to thy servants. I appoint thee honorary Colonel.
Great literature transcends its native land, but none that I know of ignores its soil.
Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.
Real literature is something much better than a harmless instrument for getting through idle hours. The purpose of great literature is to help us to develop into full human beings.
Ask no questions, and you'll be told no lies.
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading.
No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is.
It has been said that no great work in literature or in science was ever wrought by a man who did not love solitude. We may lay it down as an elemental principle of religion, that no large growth in holiness was ever gained by one who did not take time to be often long alone with God.
Great fiction can often present moral messages with greater power and clarity than instructional writing - since literature, after all, penetrates not just the intellect, but the imagination.
A great literature is thus chiefly the product of doubting and inquiring minds in revolt against the immovable certainties of the nation.
The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don't want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don't have a soul.
I'm into books – I love literature, so I toyed with the idea of being an English teacher. I had a fantastic English teacher at school. I think great English teachers make the world go round.