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The answers you get from literature depend on the questions you pose.
      - Margaret Atwood

If I might control the literature of the household, I would guarantee the well-being of Church and State.
      - Francis Bacon

Literature exists so that where one man has lived finely ten thousand may afterward live finely.
      - Arnold Bennett (Enoch Arnold Bennett)

Literature bores me, especially great literature.
      - John Berryman

The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.
      - Hugh Blair

Women excel more in literary judgment than in literary production,--they are better critics than authors.
      - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington

The selection of a subject is to the author what choice of position is to the general,--once skilfully determined, the battle is already half won. Of a few writers it may be said that they are popular in despite of their subjects--but of a great many more it may be observed that they are popular because of them.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Writing is not literature unless it give to the reader a pleasure which arises not only from the things said, but from the way in which they are said ; and that pleasure is only given when the words are carefully or curiously or beautifully put together into sentences.
      - Stopford Augustus Brooke

It is the glorious doom of literature that the evil perishes and the good remains.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The classic literature is always modern.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Literature is the fruit of thinking souls.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Essays--Memoirs of the Life of Scott

Literary Men are . . . a perpetual priesthood.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Essays--State of German Literature

A beautiful literature springs from the depth and fulness of intellectual and moral life, from an energy of thought and feeling, to which nothing, as we believe, ministers so largely as enlightened religion.
      - William Ellery Channing

Literature has been the salvation of the damned, literature has inspired and guided lovers, routed despair and can perhaps in this case save the world.
      - John Cheever

Other relaxations are peculiar to certain times, places and stages of life, but the study of letters is the nourishment of our youth, and the joy of our old age. They throw an addition splendor on prosperity, and are the resource and consolation of adversity; they delight at home, and are no embarrassment abroad; in short, they are company to us at night, our fellow-travellers on a journey, and attendants in out rural recesses.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Five miles meandering with mazy motion, Through dale the sacred river ran, Then reached the caverns measureless to man, And sank the tumult to a lifeless ocean: And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far Ancestral voices prophesying war!
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan

Literature has her quacks no less than medicine, and they are divided into two classes; those who have erudition without genius, and those who have volubility without depth; we shall get second-hand sense from the one, and original nonsense from the other.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

I made a compact with myself that in my person literature should stand by itself, of itself, and for itself.
      - Charles Dickens,
        in a speech at a Liverpool Banquet

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,
        Curiosities of Literature--Pamphlets

Time the great destroyer of other men's happiness, only enlarges the patrimony of literature to its possessor.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XXII)

Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XXIV)

Literature is the garden of wisdom.
      - James Ellis

People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with bad.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Republic of letters.
      - Henry Fielding, Tom Jones (bk. XIV, ch. I)

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