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It must inquire not merely about the circumstances of the time in general, but in particular about the writer's position with regard to these things, the interests and motives, the leading ideas of his literary activity. (Quote by - Ferdinand Christian Baur)

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. (Quote by - James Cameron)

I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog. (Quote by - Sandra Cisneros)

Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals. (Quote by - Joyce Maynard)

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. (Quote by - Walter Pater)

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. (Quote by - James Lee Burke)

Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one. (Quote by - W. H. Auden)

It was less a literary thing than a linguistic, philosophical preoccupation... discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate, elementary experience. (Quote by - Robert Morgan)

I don't believe in myths of decline or myths of progress, even as regards the literary scene. (Quote by - Harold Bloom)

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. (Quote by - Robert Hall)

How dare anyone, parent, schoolteacher, or merely literary critic, tell me not to act colored. (Quote by - Arna Bontemps)

During half a century of literary work, I have endeavoured to introduce the philosophy of evolution into the sphere of literature, and to inspire my readers to think in evolutionary terms. (Quote by - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen)

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. (Quote by - Scott Turow)

They are the literary equivalent of sequins on an evening dress. (Quote by - Stefan Kanfer)

Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years at least. (Quote by - Horace)

I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence. (Quote by - George Eliot )

Wisdom finds its literary expression in wisdom literature. (Quote by - Paul Ricoeur)

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. (Quote by - Robert Morgan)

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. (Quote by - Patrick White)

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. (Quote by - Joseph Conrad)

Avarice, envy, pride. Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all on Fire. (Quote by - Dante Alighieri)

A literary journal is intended to connect writer with reader; the role of the editor is to mediate. (Quote by - John Barton)

If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes. (Quote by - Mickey Spillane)

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge. (Quote by - H. G. Wells)

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. (Quote by - Kenneth Koch)


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