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The woods are lovely, dark and deep.But I have promises to keep,And miles to go before I sleepAnd miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost, poet

Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.

Virginia Woolf, author

As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.

Maya Angelou, poet

Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I'll waste no time reading it.

Moses Hadas, writer

Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years.

Horace, poet

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.

Stephen King, author

Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions.

John Morley, statesman

I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish I'll know how it turned out.

Nora Ephron, author

I wrote for a weekly magazine and then edited a literary magazine, but I did not really feel comfortable with the profession of journalism itself.

Guillermo Cabrera Infante, novelist

Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even though they bring gifts.

Virgil, poet

'That is indisputable,' was the answer, 'but in this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.'

Voltaire, writer

The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.

Elizabeth Drew, journalist

Literature is news that STAYS news.

Ezra Pound, poet

Over the river and through the wood, To grandfather's house we go;The horse knows the wayTo carry the sleigh,Through the white and drifted snow.

Lydia Maria Child,

I read a book a day when I was a kid. My family was not literary; we did not have any books in the house.

Amy Tan, novelist

One of the biggest changes that ever occurred in my life was going from the isolation of working part-time as a house painter in Henderson County, to Cornell, where everybody was a literary person.

Robert Morgan, poet

Avarice, envy, pride,Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of allOn Fire.

Dante Alighieri, poet

Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express.

T. S. Eliot, poet

Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever.

Theodore Sturgeon, writer

It was a pleasant caf

Ernest Hemingway, novelist

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull.

Louis Auchincloss, novelist

I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike

Harold Bloom, critic

First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical. The political side is required principally because of the necessity of the current Russian position.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, author

It's hard to judge literary merit.

Henry Rollins, musician

I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing, Literary and Dramatic.

Shelley Berman, comedian

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.

Jane Austen, writer

You don't have to know people personally for them to be role models. Some of my most important role models were historical or literary figures that I only read about - never actually met.

John Wilson, writer

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.

Michael Shermer, writer

A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader; the role of the editor is to mediate.

John Barton, poet

As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook.

Joseph Conrad, novelist

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.

H. G. Wells, author

How dare anyone, parent, schoolteacher, or merely literary critic, tell me not to act colored.

Arna Bontemps, poet

The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear - and even, in certain respects, would be - the most modern of critical movements.

Paul De Man, critic

Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history, their past, their tradition, their national symbols, their way of living, often their own literary language.

Slobodan Milosevic, president

The Bible was written in several languages, embraces many literary forms, and reflects cultures very different from our own. These are important considerations for properly understanding the Bible in its context.

Troy Perry, clergyman

Today, there are more opportunities for writers in terms of access to larger success, but it's more difficult to publish a literary novel in the lower ranges. In other words, you almost have to hit a home run. You can hit a triple, maybe, but nobody's interested in a single.

James Lee Burke, author

People aren't quite sure what it means when a book is a Booker Prize winner. They're not quite sure what is being recommended, what literary values it stands for, because every year it stands for something different.

Kazuo Ishiguro, author

No one hath seen beauty in its highest lustre who hath never seen it in distress.

Henry Fielding, novelist

I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.

Samuel Johnson, author

Literary studies were no more than a series of autopsies performed by heartless technicians. Worse than autopsies: biopsies. Vivisection. Even movies, which I love more than anything, more than life itself, they even do it with movies these days.

Stephen Fry, comedian

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. My family was not nationally known as being a literary family, though my mother and my mother's side of the family in general were interested in literature.

Kenneth Koch, poet

The one thing I would like more credit for is being part of a movement which involves recognising the importance of plot and asserting that books of literary worth could be written that had plots.

Scott Turow, novelist

Nothing but blackness aboveAnd nothing that moves but the cars...God, if you wish for our love,Fling us a handful of stars!

Louis Untermeyer,

The more melancholy side of my literary personality is much in tune with BS Johnson's.

Jonathan Coe, novelist

These were all middle-class kids from literary backgrounds, joining this sort of train going by, this pop train, jumping on. Whereas the rest of the rock scene, you'll find that there's mostly working-class people.

Kevin Ayers, composer

We had literary references, so we knew what we were talking about. We could quote things, talk about books we'd read; you can say something, you don't have to explain it.

Kevin Ayers, composer

I guess the two Manifesto, Communicating Vessels, Mad Love, and some of his poetry made a significant mark on me but as far as bringing a literary element into the music I see it as a much broader assimilation.

Trevor Dunn, musician

The intercourse between the Mediterranean and the North or between the Atlantic and Central Europe was never purely economic or political; it also meant the exchange of knowledge and ideas and the influence of social institutions and artistic and literary forms.

Christopher Dawson, writer

So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term, like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for their entire literary environment and subject matter.

Donna Tartt, novelist

Literary fiction, as a strict genre, is all but dead. Meanwhile, most genres flourish.

Dean Koontz, author

When authors who write literary fiction begin to write screenplays, everybody assumes that's the end. Here's another who's never going to write well again.

Richard Russo, novelist

The New Testament evinces its universal design in its very, style, which alone distinguishes it from all the literary productions of earlier and later times.

Philip Schaff, theologian

I've been an inveterate reader of literary magazines since I was a teenager. There are always discoveries. You're sitting in your easy chair, reading; you realize you've read a story or a group of poems four times, and you know, Yes, I want to go farther with this writer.

Marilyn Hacker, poet

I wonder what it means about American literary culture and its transmission when I consider the number of American poets who earn their living teaching creative writing in universities. I've ended up doing that myself.

Marilyn Hacker, poet

But it's not just a game of finding literary references.

Dan Simmons, author

Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down - there have only been three or four SF movies in the history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.

Dan Simmons, author

You have to remember that in addition to running a literary agency, I am also an ebook publisher.

Richard Curtis, writer

We now open our mail with gloves and mask, though I can't imagine why anyone would target a literary agency!

Richard Curtis, writer

People aren't used to thinking of cultural forms spreading out across the full range of formal interactions - or what is called the "text" in literary terms.

Tony Conrad, artist

When I became more involved in music, I had to give up some of my writing in the literary sense. However, on occasion, I would write something for my own pleasure or I would write notes and introductory remarks in the songbooks I put together.

Tom Glazer, musician

Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature.

Paul Ricoeur, philosopher

I think it comes from really liking literary forms. Poetry is very beautiful, but the space on the page can be as affecting as where the text is. Like when Miles Davis doesn't play, it has a poignancy to it.

Jim Jarmusch, director

A life spent largely among books, and in the exercise of a literary profession, has very obvious drawbacks, as a subject-matter, when one comes to write about it.

Mary Augusta Ward, novelist

It became plain very soon after our marriage that ours was to be a literary partnership.

Mary Augusta Ward, novelist

Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on, my literary efforts from the age of about nine running chiefly to poetry and plays.

Patrick White, author

I did not win and in fact I was called into the principal's office for a consultation with my parents. But that was the beginning of my literary career.

William Joyce, author

No one in my family was a reader of literary fiction. So, I didn't have encouragement, but I didn't have discouragement, because I don't think anybody knew what that meant.

Amy Tan, novelist

When I was in college, I was the editor of the literary magazine and insisted neither the editors nor the writers be specifically identified-only our student numbers appeared on the title page. I love that idea and still do.

Jonathan Carroll, author

I'm not against asking the audience to work, but I think what you have now is a sort of gratuitous deconstruction as a result of a fashion of literary deconstructionism indicating that there are no meanings.

Jonathan Miller, entertainer

I dislike literary jargon and never use it. Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science, it is an aid to art.

Anne Stevenson, poet

There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind. That is why I never could have survived as an academic.

Anne Stevenson, poet

Me, my literary reputation is mostly abroad, but I am anchored here in New York. I can't think of any other place I'd rather die than here.

Harold Brodkey, author

A literary critic is someone who can't write, but who loves to show he would have been a wonderful writer if only he could!

Brian Lumley, writer

Emerson was the chief figure in the American transcendental movement, a fact that complicates all accounts of him in literary or cultural history.

Howard Mumford Jones, writer

I think that there are empty ecological niches in the literary landscape crying to be filled and when a book more or less fills a niche it's seized on, even when it's a far from perfect fit.

Edmund White, novelist

One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most.

Walter Pater, critic

At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities of escape are getting fewer. We have jobs, children, partners, debts. This is the part of us to which literary fiction speaks.

Mark Haddon, novelist

I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction, On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one.

Mark Haddon, novelist

If any imagine from the literary tone of the preceding remarks that we are indifferent to the radical movement for the benefit of the masses which is the crowning glory of the nineteenth century, they will soon discover their egregious mistake.

George Ripley, activist

I think there are readers out there and I don't think the book is dead. And more importantly I don't think readers have to choose between literary and commercial fiction.

Jodi Picoult, author

The real literary editors have mostly been fired. Those that remain are all "bottom line" editors; everything depends on the money.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet

I get sent a lot of scripts which feature him as a kind of all-purpose Victorian literary character and really understand little, if anything, about him, his life or his books.

Simon Callow, actor

I have been told by a member of the board of one of Canada's most prominent literary magazines that a submission of mine once caused a great deal of controversy.

John Barton, poet

I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.

Robert Morgan, poet

It was less a literary thing than a linguistic, philosophical preoccupation... discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate, elementary experience.

Robert Morgan, poet

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.

Rick Moody, novelist

Maybe when I'm sixty-five I'll talk about my literary life.

Rick Moody, novelist

But that incessant drive to be out there in the literary universe that was important to me when I was in my twenties, like going to a Paris Review party or whatever, that seems totally irrelevant now.

Rick Moody, novelist

The people have a right supremeTo make their kings, for Kings are made for them.All Empire is no more than Pow'r in Trust,Which when resum'd, can be no longer just.Successionm for the general good design'd,In its own wrong a Nation cannot bind.

John Dryden, poet

You, the Spirit of the Settlement! ... Not understand that America is God's crucible, the great melting-pot where all the races of Europe are melting and re-forming! Here, you stand, good folk, think I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups, with your fifty languages and histories, and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries...

Israel Zangwill, novelist

So much of literary sci-fi is about creating worlds that are rich and detailed and make sense at a social level. We'll create a world for people and then later present a narrative in that world.

James Cameron, director

A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody's opinion is made up of the opinion of all the others. Has everybody a different opinion? Then it is a literary milieu.

Marcel Proust, author

It is the growth of advertising in this country which, more than any single element, has brought the American magazine to its present enviable position in points of literary, illustrative and mechanical excellence.

Edward Bok, editor

Excessive literary production is a social offense.

George Eliot, author

All literary men are Red Sox fans - to be a Yankee fan in a literate society is to endanger your life.

John Cheever, writer

Of all the species of literary composition, perhaps biography is the most delightful. The attention concentrated on one individual gives a unity to the materials of which it is composed, which is wanting in general history.

Robert Hall, clergyman

A key to my thinking has always been the almost fanatical belief that what I was engaged in was a literary art form. That belief was compounded out of ego and necessity, I guess, a combination of the two.

Will Eisner, cartoonist

I couldn't speak Japanese very well, passport regulations were changing, I felt British, and my future was in Britain. And it would also make me eligible for literary awards. But I still think I'm regarded as one of their own in Japan.

Kazuo Ishiguro, author

It's too bad for us 'literary' enthusiasts, but it's the truth nevertheless - pictures tell any story more effectively than words.

William Moulton Marston, psychologist

If the radiance of a thousand sunsWere to burst at once into the skyThat would be like the splendor of the Mighty one --I am become Death,The shatterer of Worlds.

Hindu Spiritual,

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