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LITERATURE
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Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
      - Ezra Pound

Literature is news that stays news.
      - Ezra Pound

The history of literature is the history of the human mind. It is, as compared with other histories, the intellectual as distinguished from the material, the informing spirit as compared with the outward and visible.
      - William H. Prescott

There is first the literature of knowledge, and secondly, the literature of power. The function of the first is--to teach; the function of the second is--to move, the first is a rudder, the second an oar or a sail. The first speaks to the mere discursive understanding; the second speaks ultimately, it may happen, to the higher understanding or reason, but always through affections of pleasure and sympathy.
      - Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater"),
        Essays on the Poets--Alexander Pope

The writings of women are always cold and pretty like themselves. There is as much wit as you may desire, but never any soul.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse.
      - Joseph Roux

Literature is the daughter of heaven, who has descended upon earth to soften and charm all human ills.
      - Bernadin de St. Pierre

Literature is a great staff, but a sorry crutch.
      - Sir Walter Scott

The fashion of liking Racine will pass away like that of coffee.
  [Fr., La mode d'aimer Racine passera comme la mode du cafe.]
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal,
        according to Voltaire, "Letters", Jan 29, 1690, connecting two of her remarks to make one

Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness.
      - Georges Simenon,
        in an interview, in the "Paris Review"

We cultivate literature on a little oat-meal.
      - Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir
         (vol. I, p. 23)

The great Cham of literature. (Samuel Johnson)
      - Tobias George Smollett, Letter to Wilkes

Remarks are not literature.
      - Gertrude Stein

Literature is so common a luxury that the age has grown fastidious.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Literature becomes free institutions. It is the graceful ornament of civil liberty, and a happy restraint on the asperities which political controversies sometimes occasion.
      - Daniel Webster

From the hour of the invention of printing, books, and not kings, were to rule the world. Weapons forged in the mind, keen-edged, and brighter than a sunbeam, were to supplant the sword and battle-axe.
      - Edwin Percy Whipple

Literature is the immortality of speech.
      - Robert Aris Willmott

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
      - Virginia Woolf (nee Stephen) (Adeline Virginia Woolf)


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