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Thank you for sending me a copy of your book - I'll waste no time reading it. (Quote by - Moses Hadas)

That has always seemed to me one of the stranger aspects of literary fame: you prove your competence as a writer and an inventor of stories, and then people clamour for you to make speeches and tell them what you think about the world. (Quote by - J. M. Coetzee )

Doesn't all experience crumble in the end to mere literary material? (Quote by - Ellen Glasgow)

I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't had great literary influences in my life. (Quote by - Manuel Puig)

The fact that writers will go through so much to remain writers says something, perhaps everything. It would be far easier (and nearly always more profitable) to become a real estate agent. (Quote by - Maria Lenhart)

There are two methods for the literary study of any book - the first being the study of its thought and emotion; the second only that of its workmanship. A student of literature should study some of the Bible from both points of view. (Quote by - Lafcadio Hearn)

Writing is manual labor of the mind: a job, like laying pipe. (Quote by - John Gregory Dunne)

The real literary editors have mostly been fired. Those that remain are all "bottom line" editors; everything depends on the money. (Quote by - Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history, their past, their tradition, their national symbols, their way of living, often their own literary language. (Quote by - Slobodan Milosevic)

No one in my family was a reader of literary fiction. So, I didn't have encouragement, but I didn't have discouragement, because I don't think anybody knew what that meant. (Quote by - Amy Tan)

I don't want to promote my own image either. I don't like going on television or mixing in literary circles. (Quote by - Antonio Tabucchi)

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research, but to find out how it is that we are persuasive. (Quote by - Clifford Geertz)

The New Testament evinces its universal design in its very, style, which alone distinguishes it from all the literary productions of earlier and later times. (Quote by - Philip Schaff)

It is the growth of advertising in this country which, more than any single element, has brought the American magazine to its present enviable position in points of literary, illustrative and mechanical excellence. (Quote by - Edward Bok )

As the poet has expected, the alarms now are sounded, for - and it must be said again - the birth of a poet is always a threat to the existing cultural order, because he attempts to break through the circle of literary castes to reach the center. (Quote by - Salvatore Quasimodo)

I would solve a lot of literary problems just thinking about a character in the subway, where you can't do anything anyway. (Quote by - Toni Morrison)

If a literary man puts together two words about music, one of them will be wrong. (Quote by - Aaron Copland)

Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express. (Quote by - T. S. Eliot)

You don't have to know people personally for them to be role models. Some of my most important role models were historical or literary figures that I only read about - never actually met. (Quote by - John Wilson)

We now open our mail with gloves and mask, though I can't imagine why anyone would target a literary agency! (Quote by - Richard Curtis)

A life spent largely among books, and in the exercise of a literary profession, has very obvious drawbacks, as a subject-matter, when one comes to write about it. (Quote by - Mary A. Ward)

We served on the editorial board of a literary monthly called Face in 1968 and 1969. He was a young writer, and I was also interested in broad cultural issues. We agreed on all major issues and became friends. (Quote by - Vaclav Klaus)

I have always loved reading, so was interested in the literary world, and took many literary portraits. (Quote by - Fay Godwin)

One learns little more about a man from the feats of his literary memory than from the feats of his alimentary canal. (Quote by - Frank Moore Colby )

At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities of escape are getting fewer. We have jobs, children, partners, debts. This is the part of us to which literary fiction speaks. (Quote by - Mark Haddon)


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