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Oh, thou hast a damnable iteration, and art indeed able to corrupt a saint. Thou hast done much harm upon me Hal, God forgive thee for it. Before I knew thee Hal, I knew nothing, and now am I, if a man should speak truly, little better than one of the wicked. (Quote by - William Shakespeare)

All autobiography is self-indulgent. (Quote by - Daphne Du Maurier)

Much literary criticism comes from people for whom extreme specialization is a cover for either grave cerebral inadequacy or terminal laziness, the latter being a much cherished aspect of academic freedom. (Quote by - John Kenneth Galbraith)

There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind. That is why I never could have survived as an academic. (Quote by - Anne Stevenson)

You have to remember that in addition to running a literary agency, I am also an ebook publisher. (Quote by - Richard Curtis)

Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks, even though they bring gifts. (Quote by - Virgil)

In England, literary pretence is more universal than elsewhere from our method of education. (Quote by - James Payn)

Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert, something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore. (Quote by - Stendhal)

A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody's opinion is made up of the opinion of all the others. Has everybody a different opinion? Then it is a literary milieu. (Quote by - Marcel Proust)

A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull. (Quote by - Louis Auchincloss)

Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world. (Quote by - Samuel Johnson)

The aim of literary ambition is to demonstrate one's greatness of soul. (Quote by - Mason Cooley)

Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre, and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise - nobody need read it, but anybody can do it. (Quote by - Marilyn Hacker)

I believe my publisher has shown a great deal of faith in me over a lot of years but I'm not prepared to be so arrogant to say that the long-term literary value of my work would compensate them for a financial failure. (Quote by - Andrew Vachss)

Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic, obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes. (Quote by - Leon Edel)

To understand a literary style, consider what it omits. (Quote by - Mason Cooley)

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem. (Quote by - Rick Moody)

The book can produce an addiction as fierce as heroin or nicotine, forcing us to spend much of our lives, like junkies, in book shops and libraries, those literary counterparts to the opium den. (Quote by - Phillip Adams)

People aren't used to thinking of cultural forms spreading out across the full range of formal interactions - or what is called the "text" in literary terms. (Quote by - Tony Conrad)

Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever. (Quote by - Theodore Sturgeon)

People aren't quite sure what it means when a book is a Booker Prize winner. They're not quite sure what is being recommended, what literary values it stands for, because every year it stands for something different. (Quote by - Kazuo Ishiguro)

I use the language I use to my friends. They wouldn't believe me if I used some high-flown literary language. I want them to believe me. (Quote by - Adrian Mitchell)

I would say that there is no future for literary studies as such in the United States. (Quote by - Harold Bloom)

Writing is like walking in a deserted street. Out of the dust in the street you make a mud pie. (Quote by - John LeCarre)

Maybe when I'm sixty-five I'll talk about my literary life. (Quote by - Rick Moody)


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