quote by Franz Kafka

If the literature we are reading does not wake us, why then do we read it? A literary work must be an ice-axe to break the sea frozen inside us.

— Franz Kafka

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What a newspaper needs in its news, in its headlines, and on its editorial page is terseness, humor, descriptive power, satire, originality, good literary style, clever condensation and accuracy, accuracy, accuracy.

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.

I would rather win souls than be the greatest king or emperor on earth;

I would rather win souls than be the greatest general that ever commanded an army; I would rather win souls than be the greatest poet, or novelist, or literary man who ever walked the earth. My one ambition in life is to win as many as possible.

Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

The grounding in natural sciences which I obtained in the course of my medical studies, including preliminary examinations in botany, zoology, physics, and chemistry, was to become decisive in determining the trend of my literary work.

The grounding in natural sciences which I obtained in the course of my medical studies, including preliminary examinations in botany, zoology, physics, and chemistry, was to become decisive in determining the trend of my literary work.

Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.

Women need to become literary "criminals," break the literary laws and reinvent their own, because the established laws prevent women from presenting the reality of their lives.

It was less a literary thing than a linguistic, philosophical preoccupation.

.. discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate, elementary experience.

The visual is sorely undervalued in modern scholarship.

Art history has attained only a fraction of the conceptual sophistication of literary criticism. Drunk with self-love, criticism has hugely overestimated the centrality of language to western culture. It has failed to see the electrifying sign language of images.

When I put together a graphic novel, I don't think about literary prose. I think about storytelling.

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.

The book trade invented literary prizes to stimulate sales, not to reward merit.

The novel is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers.

The Llama is a woolly sort of fleecy hairy goat, with an indolent expression and an undulating throat; like an unsuccessful literary man.

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

The best source for finding an agent is called Literary Agents of North America.

It's a complete list of agents, not only by name and address, but by type of book they represent and by what their submission criteria are.

After all, if you do not resist the apparently inevitable, you will never know how inevitable the inevitable was.

A mere literary man is a dull man; a man who is solely a man of business is a selfish man; but when literature and commerce are united, they make a respectable man.

I get invited to many more literary festivals than I used to because I'm associated with 'Slumdog Millionaire,' the brand. Many more doors have opened up for me as a result of the global success of the film, although I believe that I'm the same person that existed before it.

The surrealist thinks he has outstripped the whole of literary history when he has written (here a word that there is no need to write) where others have written "jasmines, swans and fauns." But what he has really done has been simply to bring to light another form of rhetoric which hitherto lay hidden in the latrines.

Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power...it is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.

It is a fact that unless children are brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, they, and the society which they constitute or control, will go to destruction. Consequently, when a state resolves that religious instruction shall be banished from the schools and other literary institutions, it virtually resolves on self-destruction.

A literary academic can no more pass a bookstore than an alcoholic can pass a bar.

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Literary theory - Literary theory in a strict sense is the systematic study of the nature of literature and of the methods for analyzing literature. However, literary scholarship

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Literary realism - Literary realism is part of the realist art movement beginning with mid-nineteenth-century French literature (Stendhal), and Russian literature (Alexander

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I can't help but to write, I have a inner need for it.

If I'm not in the middle of some literary project, I'm utterly lost, unhappy and distressed. As soon as I get started, I calm down.

One thing I knew about the novelist’s task: when in doubt, write;

when empty, write; when afraid, write. Nothing is more impenetrable than the blank page. The blank page is the void, the absence of sense and feeling, the white light of literary death.

Gonzo . . . acidic hilarity . . . 'The Fun Parts' has fine moments, but it's not the whole Lipsyte story. Read it with 'The Ask' if you really want to know how a mordant jokester with a madman's imagination became a literary rock star.

Verbose is not a synonym for literary.

Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political.

I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century.

When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.

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

Each time you happen to me all over again.

A contemporary artist can use the findings of all epochs and all styles, from the most primitive literary expressions up to the most refined products of the baroque.

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