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Ever since my youth it has disturbed me that of the literary works that survived their own epoch, so many dealt with historical rather than contemporary subjects. (Quote by - Lion Feuchtwanger)

Since it is impossible to know what's really happening, we Peruvians lie, invent, dream and take refuge in illusion. Because of these strange circumstances, Peruvian life, a life in which so few actually do read, has become literary. (Quote by - Mario Vargas Llosa)

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.' (Quote by - Francois Voltaire)

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. (Quote by - Mark Twain)

Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself. (Quote by - Robertson Davies)

The first epics were intended for recitation; the literary epic is meant to be read. (Quote by - Lascelles Abercrombie)

It became plain very soon after our marriage that ours was to be a literary partnership. (Quote by - Mary A. Ward)

There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity. (Quote by - Mario Vargas Llosa)

Once more I can climb about and remind you that a woman in this epoch does the important literary thinking. (Quote by - Gertrude Stein)

The thematic, psychological, and cultural concerns of a writer are more relevant than whatever literary mode he or she chooses to deal with in any given novel. (Quote by - Norman Spinrad)

I am in the Master of Professional Writing program teaching Humor Writing, Literary and Dramatic. (Quote by - Shelley Berman)

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. (Quote by - Richard Russo)

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. (Quote by - Mark Twain)

For the last half of my life I have had the doubtful benefit of a brother whose literary reputation is much greater than my own. (Quote by - Laurence Housman)

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. (Quote by - William Joyce)

It's too bad for us 'literary' enthusiasts, but it's the truth nevertheless - pictures tell any story more effectively than words. (Quote by - William Moulton Marston)

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. (Quote by - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

Some Critics on the Hearth are not only good-natured, but have rather too high, or, if that is impossible, let us say too pronounced, an opinion of the abilities of their literary friends. (Quote by - James Payn)

Certainly the most diverse, if minor, pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author. (Quote by - Arthur Miller)

There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write. (Quote by - Thomas Carlyle)

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. (Quote by - Italo Calvino)

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door. (Quote by - Albert Camus)

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! (Quote by - Brian Lumley)

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. (Quote by - Anne Stevenson)

If Art relates itself to an Object, it becomes descriptive, divisionist, literary. (Quote by - Robert Delaunay)


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