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There is something about that moment, when literature becomes accessible, and a door of the world opens.Lois Lowry World Literature Sayings By Lois Lowry: There is something about that moment, when literature becomes accessible, and a door of the
Literature was life, and reading became an open door to a world beyond the familiar.Terry Tempest Williams World Literature Sayings By Terry Tempest Williams: Literature was life, and reading became an open door to a world beyond the familiar.
If I were to look over the whole world to find out the country most richly endowed with all the wealth, power, and beauty that nature can bestow - in some parts a very paradise on earth - I should point to India. If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most full developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions of some of them which well deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant - I should point to India. And if I were to ask myself from what literature we, here in Europe, we who have been nurtured almost exclusively on the thoughts of Greeks and Romans, and of one Semitic race, the Jewish, may draw that corrective which is most wanted in order to make our inner life more perfect, more comprehensive, more universal, in fact more truly human, a life, not for this life only, but a transfigured and eternal life - again I should point to India.Friedrich Max Muller World Literature Sayings By Friedrich Max Muller: If I were to look over the whole world to find out the country most
The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering.Tom Waits World Literature Sayings By Tom Waits: The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our
Horror is the law of the world of living creatures, and civilization is concerned with masking that truth. Literature and art refine and beautify, and if they were to depict reality naked, just as everyone suspects it is (although we defend ourselves against that knowledge), no one would be able to stand it.Czeslaw Milosz World Literature Sayings By Czeslaw Milosz: Horror is the law of the world of living creatures, and civilization is concerned with
Language gradually varies, and with it fade away the writings of authors who have flourished their allotted time; otherwise, the creative powers of genius would overstock the world, and the mind would be completely bewildered in the endless mazes of literature.Washington Irving World Literature Sayings By Washington Irving: Language gradually varies, and with it fade away the writings of authors who have flourished
Since the last decades of the nineteenth century, revolt against the objectified world has determined the character of art and literature.Paul Tillich World Literature Sayings By Paul Tillich: Since the last decades of the nineteenth century, revolt against the objectified world has determined
The value of literature lies in these intermittent 'true impressions.' A novel moves back and forth between the world of objects, of actions, of appearances, and that other world, from which these 'true impressions' come and which moves us to believe that the good we hang on to so tenaciously - in the face of evil, so obstinately - is no illusion.Saul Bellow World Literature Sayings By Saul Bellow: The value of literature lies in these intermittent 'true impressions.' A novel moves back and
Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without.George Henry Lewes World Literature Sayings By George Henry Lewes: Literature delivers tidings of the world within and the world without.
Even those novelists most commonly deemed "philosophical" have sometimes answered with an emphatic no. Iris Murdoch, the longtime Oxford philosopher and author of some two dozen novels treating highbrow themes like consciousness and morality, argued that philosophy and literature were contrary pursuits. Philosophy calls on the analytical mind to solve conceptual problems in an "austere, unselfish, candid" prose, she said in a BBC interview broadcast in 1978, while literature looks to the imagination to show us something "mysterious, ambiguous, particular" about the world. Any appearance of philosophical ideas in her own novels was an inconsequential reflection of what she happened to know. "If I knew about sailing ships I would put in sailing ships," she said. "And in a way, as a novelist, I would rather know about sailing ships than about philosophy.Iris Murdoch World Literature Sayings By Iris Murdoch: Even those novelists most commonly deemed "philosophical" have sometimes answered with an emphatic no. Iris
India was China's teacher in religion and imaginative literature, and the world's teacher in trignometry, quandratic equations, grammar, phonetics, Arabian Nights, animal fables, chess, as well as in philosophy, and that she inspired Boccaccio, Goethe, Herder, Schopenhauer, Emerson, and probably also old Aesop.Lin Yutang World Literature Sayings By Lin Yutang: India was China's teacher in religion and imaginative literature, and the world's teacher in trignometry,
Most of what we call the classics of world literature suggest artifacts in a wax museum. We have to hire and pay professors to get them read and talked about.Edward Abbey World Literature Sayings By Edward Abbey: Most of what we call the classics of world literature suggest artifacts in a wax
Like literature, music can overwhelm you with sudden emotion, can move you to absolute sorrow or ecstasy; like literature, painting has the power to astonish, and to make you see the world through fresh eyes. But only literature can put you in touch with another human spirit, as a whole, with all its weaknesses and grandeurs, its limitations, its pettinesses, its obsessions, its beliefs; with whatever it finds moving, interesting, exciting, or repugnant.Michel Houellebecq World Literature Sayings By Michel Houellebecq: Like literature, music can overwhelm you with sudden emotion, can move you to absolute sorrow
Do come back and draw the ferrets, they are the most lovely noble darlings in the world.D.H. Lawrence World Literature Sayings By D.H. Lawrence: Do come back and draw the ferrets, they are the most lovely noble darlings in
It was a wonderful experience. She mistrusted his very slumbers
and she seemed to think I could tell her why! Thus a poor mortal seduced by the charm of an apparition might have tried to wring from another ghost the tremendous secret of the claim the other world holds over a disembodied soul astray amongst the passions of this earth. The very ground on which I stood seemed to melt under my feet. And it was so simple too; but if the spirits evoked by our fears and our unrest have ever to vouch for each other's constancy before the forlorn magicians that we are, then I
I alone of us dwellers in the flesh
have shuddered in the hopeless chill of such a task.
Joseph Conrad World Literature Sayings By Joseph Conrad: It was a wonderful experience. She mistrusted his very slumbersand she seemed to think I
The ancient priests had said, "Thus far and no farther. We set the limits to thought." The Greeks said, "All things are to be examined and called into question. There are no limits set to thought." It is an extraordinary fact that by the time we have actual, documentary knowledge of the Greeks there is not a trace to be found of that domination over the mind by the priests which played such a decisive part in the ancient world. The priest plays no real part in either the history or the literature of Greece.Edith Hamilton World Literature Sayings By Edith Hamilton: The ancient priests had said, "Thus far and no farther. We set the limits to
The narrative image has more dimensions than the painted image - literature is more complex than painting. Initially, this complexity represents a disadvantage, because the reader has to concentrate much more than when they're looking at a canvas. It gives the author, on the other hand, the opportunity to feel like a creator: they can offer their readers a world in which there's room for everyone, as every reader has their own reading and vision.Dumitru Tepeneag World Literature Sayings By Dumitru Tepeneag: The narrative image has more dimensions than the painted image - literature is more complex
The culture of a civilization is the art and literature through which it rises to consciousness of itself and defines its vision of the world.Roger Scruton World Literature Sayings By Roger Scruton: The culture of a civilization is the art and literature through which it rises to
We are giving the world back to man, and man back to himself. Man shall no longer be vile, but noble. We shall not destroy his mind in return for an immortal soul. Without a free, vigorous and creative mind, man is but an animal, and he will die like an animal, without any shred of a soul. We return to man his arts, his literature, his sciences, his independence to think and feel as an individual, not to be bound to dogma like a slave, to rot in his chains.Irving Stone World Literature Sayings By Irving Stone: We are giving the world back to man, and man back to himself. Man shall
Writers and scholars have emerged in recent times (some familiar, some new) to continue to challenge the notion of a literature that encompasses the world - and reaffirms our existence in it. It is a multicultural vision that embraces and includes our shrinking universe; it is a multicultural vision that the white man fears and a vision that the rest of us can celebrate.Jessica Hagedorn World Literature Sayings By Jessica Hagedorn: Writers and scholars have emerged in recent times (some familiar, some new) to continue to
a novelist's work is often a strategy (I don't mean the author need be aware of this) for dealing with some personal dilemma. Not just that the dilemma is "worked out" in the narrative, as critics often tell us, but that the acts of writing and publishing and positioning oneself in the world of literature are all part of an attempt to find a solution, however provisional, to some deep personal unease.Tim Parks World Literature Sayings By Tim Parks: a novelist's work is often a strategy (I don't mean the author need be aware
It always has been and always will be the same. The old folk of our grandfathers' young days sang a song bearing exactly the same burden; and the young folk of to-day will drone out precisely similar nonsense for the aggravation of the next generation. "Oh, give me back the good old days of fifty years ago," has been the cry ever since Adam's fifty-first birthday. Take up the literature of 1835, and you will find the poets and novelists asking for the same impossible gift as did the German Minnesingers long before them and the old Norse Saga writers long before that. And for the same thing sighed the early prophets and the philosophers of ancient Greece. From all accounts, the world has been getting worse and worse ever since it was created. All I can say is that it must have been a remarkably delightful place when it was first opened to the public, for it is very pleasant even now if you only keep as much as possible in the sunshine and take the rain good-temperedly.Jerome K. Jerome World Literature Sayings By Jerome K. Jerome: It always has been and always will be the same. The old folk of our
Gertrude Stein remarked that one writes for oneself and for strangers, which I translate as speaking both to myself (which is what great poetry teaches us how to do) and to those dissident readers around the world who in solitude instinctually reach out for quality in literature, disdaining the lemmings who devour J. K. Rowling and Stephen King as they race down the cliffs to intellectual suicide in the gray ocean of the Internet.Harold Bloom World Literature Sayings By Harold Bloom: Gertrude Stein remarked that one writes for oneself and for strangers, which I translate as
Take the sum of human achievement in action, in science, in art, in literature subtract the work of the men above forty, and while we should miss great treasures, even priceless treasures, we would practically be where we are today ... The effective, moving, vitalizing work of the world is done between the ages of twenty-five and forty.William Osler World Literature Sayings By William Osler: Take the sum of human achievement in action, in science, in art, in literature subtract
In America there is really very little knowledge of the literature of the rest of the world. Of the literature of Latin America, yes, But that's not all that different in inspiration from that of America, or of Europe. One must go further. You don't even have to go too far in terms of geography - you can start with the Native Americans and listen to their poetry.Chinua Achebe World Literature Sayings By Chinua Achebe: In America there is really very little knowledge of the literature of the rest of
The night I sat down to read Dostoievski for the first time was a most important event in my life, even more important than my first love. It was the first deliberate, conscious act which had significance for me; it changed the whole face of the world. Whether it is true that the clock stopped that moment when I looked up after the first deep gulp I don't know any more. But the world stopped dead for a moment, that I know. It was my first glimpse into the soul of a man, or shall I say simply that Dostoievski was the first man to reveal his soul to me?"

Henry Miller
Henry Miller Shreve World Literature Sayings By Henry Miller Shreve: The night I sat down to read Dostoievski for the first time was a most
Without books, everything would have been crooked. Without books, the wisdom in books today would have been fairy and folk tales. Without books the whole truth about life would have been imaginations and a guessing gameErnest Agyemang Yeboah World Literature Sayings By Ernest Agyemang Yeboah: Without books, everything would have been crooked. Without books, the wisdom in books today would
Years earlier, I might have scoffed, but I'd come to accept that, for Snowden's generation, they played no less serious a role in molding political consciousness, moral reasoning, and an understanding of one's place in the world than literature, television, and film. They, too, often present complex moral dilemmas and provoke contemplation, especially for people beginning to question what they've been taught.Glenn Greenwald World Literature Sayings By Glenn Greenwald: Years earlier, I might have scoffed, but I'd come to accept that, for Snowden's generation,
I suppose if I had to give a one-word answer to the question of why I read, that word would be pleasure. The kind of pleasure you can get from reading is like no other in the world.Wendy Lesser World Literature Sayings By Wendy Lesser: I suppose if I had to give a one-word answer to the question of why
The language of literature is the language of all the world. It is necessary to divest ourselves at once of the notion of diversified vocal and grammatical speech which constitutes the various tongues of the Earth, and conceals the identity of image and logic in the minds of all men.George Edward Woodberry World Literature Sayings By George Edward Woodberry: The language of literature is the language of all the world. It is necessary to
All kinds of mysterious phenomena exist in this world, but answers to most of them have come with advances in scientific knowledge. Love is the sole holdout-nothing can explain it. A Chinese writer by the name of Ah Cheng wrote that love is just a chemical reaction, an unconventional point of view that seemed quite fresh at the time. But if love can be controlled and initiated by means of chemistry, then novelists would be out of a job. So while he may have had his finger on the truth, I'll remain a member of the loyal opposition.Mo Yan World Literature Sayings By Mo Yan: All kinds of mysterious phenomena exist in this world, but answers to most of them
The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.Roald Dahl World Literature Sayings By Roald Dahl: The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived
A stubborn refusal of the conditions of 20th Century 'reality', surrealism has denied intransigently and consistently that modern man can live without a sense of wonder at the world that was once embodied in myth. In approaching literature, it has aimed at restoring to the word its magical qualities. And at giving back to language the elemental power it once had within society. This determinism lies at the heart of the surrealist attitude and distinguishes it radically from the modernism which took shape contemporaneously with it.Michael Richardson World Literature Sayings By Michael Richardson: A stubborn refusal of the conditions of 20th Century 'reality', surrealism has denied intransigently and
Great literature remains great when it says new things to new generations, and the loops of a knot quite nicely parallel the contours and convolutions of Carroll's plot anyway.What's more, he probably would have been delighted at how this whimsical branch of math invaded the real world and became crucial to understanding our biology.Sam Kean World Literature Sayings By Sam Kean: Great literature remains great when it says new things to new generations, and the loops
Yet Katie held fast to the dream that perhaps there were men in the world who appreciated good women - men capable of loving a woman enough to die for her.
Something had to inspire the heroes in fairy tales and books.
Her Aunt Augusta always said it was only womenfolk's eternal wish for better men that inspired such stories ... but Katie liked to believe that living or, at least, once-living men inspired them.
Marcia Lynn McClure World Literature Sayings By Marcia Lynn McClure: Yet Katie held fast to the dream that perhaps there were men in the world
My mama steps out of her dress
and drops it, an inheritance falling to my feet.
She stands alone: bathed, blooming,
burdened with nothing of this world.
Her body is naked and beautiful,
her wings gray and scorched,
her brown eyes piercing the brown of mine.
I watch her departure, her flapping wings:
She doesn't look back, not even once,
not even to whisper my name
Brenda Sutton Rose World Literature Sayings By Brenda Sutton Rose: My mama steps out of her dressand drops it, an inheritance falling to my feet.She
Martial (the main character of LOCUS SOLUS) has a very interesting conception of literary beauty: the work must contain nothing real, no observations about the world or the mind, nothing but completely imaginary constructions. These are in themselves ideas from an extrahuman world.Pierre Janet World Literature Sayings By Pierre Janet: Martial (the main character of LOCUS SOLUS) has a very interesting conception of literary beauty:
Yet, the principle of uncertainty is a bad name. In science or outside of it, we are not uncertain. Our knowledge is merely confined within a certain tolerance. We should call it the principle of tolerance. First in the engineering sense. Science has progressed, step by step, the most successful enterprise in the ascent of man, because it has understood that the exchange of information between man and nature, and man and man, can only take place with a certain tolerance. But I also use the word, passionately, about the real world. All knowledge, all information, between human beings, can only be exchanged within a play of tolerance, and that's whether it's in science, or in literature, or in religion, or in politics, or in any form of though that aspires to dogma.Jacob Bronowski World Literature Sayings By Jacob Bronowski: Yet, the principle of uncertainty is a bad name. In science or outside of it,
The final measure of the greatness of all peoples is the amount and standard of the literature and art they have produced. The world does not know that a people is great until that people produces great literature and art. No people that has produced great literature and art has ever been looked upon by the world as distinctly inferior.James Weldon Johnson World Literature Sayings By James Weldon Johnson: The final measure of the greatness of all peoples is the amount and standard of
I care not how humble your bookshelf may be, or how lonely the room which it adorns. Close the door of that room behind you, shut off with it all the cares of the outer world, plunge back into the soothing company of the great dead, and then you are through the magic portal into that fair land whither worry and vexation can follow you no more. You have left all that is vulgar and all that is sordid behind you. There stand your noble, silent comrades, waiting in their ranks. Pass your eye down their files. Choose your man. And then you have but to hold up your hand to him and away you go together into dreamlandArthur Conan Doyle World Literature Sayings By Arthur Conan Doyle: I care not how humble your bookshelf may be, or how lonely the room which
Stories shape the world.Lance Conrad World Literature Sayings By Lance Conrad: Stories shape the world.
I didn't know with certainty what to say about the large world, and didn't care to risk speculating. And I still don't. That we all look at it from someplace, and in some hopeful-useful way, is about all I found I could say
my best, most honest effort. And that isn't enough for literature, though it didn't bother me much. Nowadays, I'm willing to say yes to as much as I can: yes to my town, my neighborhood, my neighbor, yes to his car, her lawn and hedge and rain gutters. Let things be the best they can be. Give us all a good night's sleep until it's over.
Richard Ford World Literature Sayings By Richard Ford: I didn't know with certainty what to say about the large world, and didn't care
This was the time in her life that she fell upon books as the only door out of her cell. They became half her world.Michael Ondaatje World Literature Sayings By Michael Ondaatje: This was the time in her life that she fell upon books as the only
The solution which I am urging is to eradicate the fatal disconnection of subjects which kills the vitality of our modern curriculum. There is only one subject-matter for education, and that is LIfe in all its manifestations. Instead of this single unity, we offer children
Algebra, from which nothing follows; Geometry, from which nothing follows; Science, from which nothing follows; History, from which nothing follows; a Couple of Languages, never mastered; and lastly, most dreary of all, Literature, represented by plays of Shakespeare, with philological notes and short analyses of plot and character to be in substance committed to memory. Can such a list be said to represent Life, as it is known in the midst of living it? The best that can be said of it is, that it is a rapid table of contents which a deity might run over in his mind while he was thinking of creating a world, and has not yet determined how to put it together
Alfred North Whitehead World Literature Sayings By Alfred North Whitehead: The solution which I am urging is to eradicate the fatal disconnection of subjects which
It is not sufficient to live, there must be a destiny that does not have to wait for death. It is therefore
justifiable to say that man has an idea of a better world than this. But better does not mean different, it
means unified. This passion which lifts the mind above the commonplaces of a dispersed world, from
which it nevertheless cannot free itself, is the passion for unity. It does not result in mediocre efforts to
escape, however, but in the most obstinate demands. Religion or crime, every human endeavor in fact,
finally obeys this unreasonable desire and claims to give life a form it does not have. The same impulse,
which can lead to the adoration of the heavens or the destruction of man, also leads to creative literature,
which derives its serious content from this source.
Albert Camus World Literature Sayings By Albert Camus: It is not sufficient to live, there must be a destiny that does not have
- I had a good classical education, and a positive distaste for business of any kind; that was the capital with which I faced the world [ ... ] I reflected, then, on my want of prospects, and I determined to embark in literature.
- Really; that was strange. You seem to be in pretty comfortable circumstances, though.
Arthur Machen World Literature Sayings By Arthur Machen: - I had a good classical education, and a positive distaste for business of any
In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagvat Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions. I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! there I meet the servant of the Bramin, priest of Brahma and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges.Henry David Thoreau World Literature Sayings By Henry David Thoreau: In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the
The Christian publishing world has embraced the safe over the goodJ. Mark Bertrand World Literature Sayings By J. Mark Bertrand: The Christian publishing world has embraced the safe over the good
You have a lot to learn, young man. Philosophy. Theology. Literature. Poetry. Drama. History. Archeology. Anthropology. Mythology. Music. These are your tools as much as brush and pigment. You cannot be an artist until you are civilized. You cannot be civilized until you learn. To be civilized is to know where you belong in the continuum of our art and your world. To surmount the past, you must know the past.John Logan World Literature Sayings By John Logan: You have a lot to learn, young man. Philosophy. Theology. Literature. Poetry. Drama. History. Archeology.
For centuries censorship has created best sellers because, as Michel de Montaigne said, 'To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.' (Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature)Margaret Bald World Literature Sayings By Margaret Bald: For centuries censorship has created best sellers because, as Michel de Montaigne said, 'To forbid
There is a place where we are always alone with our own mortality, where we must simply have something greater than ourselves to hold onto - God or history or politics or literature or a belief in the healing power of love, or even righteous anger ... A reason to believe, a way to take the world by the throat and insist that there is more to this life than we have ever imagined.Dorothy Allison World Literature Sayings By Dorothy Allison: There is a place where we are always alone with our own mortality, where we
The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art, because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn ... tired of common sense and civilization.F.L. Lucas World Literature Sayings By F.L. Lucas: The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art, because men,
The highest form of morality is not to feel at home in ones own home. Most great works of the imagination were meant to make you feel like a stranger in your own home. The best fiction always forced us to question what we took for granted. It questioned traditions and expectations when they seemed too immutable. I told my students I wanted them in their readings to consider in what ways these works unsettled them, made them a little uneasy, made them look around and consider the world, like Alice in Wonderland, through different eyes.Azar Nafisi World Literature Sayings By Azar Nafisi: The highest form of morality is not to feel at home in ones own home.
Literature is a mountain made of gold in this poor world!Mehmet Murat Ildan World Literature Sayings By Mehmet Murat Ildan: Literature is a mountain made of gold in this poor world!
Some people might be surprised that 'Rambo's creator has a doctorate in American literature. One of my influences is Henry James, whose major theme is awareness. Whether I'm writing about military personnel, law enforcement, or De Quincey, the persistent theme is paying attention in a hostile world.David Morrell World Literature Sayings By David Morrell: Some people might be surprised that 'Rambo's creator has a doctorate in American literature. One
Militant atheists seek to discredit religion based on a highly selective reading of history. There was a time not long ago - just a couple of centuries - when the Western world was saturated by religion. Militant atheists are quick to attribute many of the most unfortunate aspects of history to religion, yet rarely concede the immense debt that civilization owes to various monotheist religions, which created some of the world's greatest literature, art, and architecture; led the movement to abolish slavery; and fostered the development of science and technology. One should not invalidate these achievements merely because they were developed for religious purposes. If much of science was originally a religious endeavor, does that mean science is not valuable? Is religiously motivated charity not genuine? Is art any less beautiful because it was created to express devotion to God? To regret religion is to regret our civilization and its achievements.Bruce Sheiman World Literature Sayings By Bruce Sheiman: Militant atheists seek to discredit religion based on a highly selective reading of history. There
Writers do not write about places, they write about people who happen to live in those places. This is something that the labellers and their labels don't understand either.Aminatta Forna World Literature Sayings By Aminatta Forna: Writers do not write about places, they write about people who happen to live in
Women began their inner emancipation by their access to literature, by access to the world through books; an access they could not have socially or politically, or of course economically, in the world at large.George Steiner World Literature Sayings By George Steiner: Women began their inner emancipation by their access to literature, by access to the world
Why can't we simply borrow what is useful to us from Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, especially Zen, as we borrow from Christianity, science, American Indian traditions and world literature in general, including philosophy, and let the rest go hang? Borrow what we need but rely principally upon our own senses, common sense and daily living experience.Edward Abbey World Literature Sayings By Edward Abbey: Why can't we simply borrow what is useful to us from Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, especially
I have been impressed by the realization that a few men have virtually 'decided' what experiences count and even exist in the world. The language of Western science
the reigning construct of male hegemony
precludes the ability to express the experiential realities it talks about. Virtually all the actual experiences of this world, expressed through the manifest and mysterious characteristics of all the different beings, are unrepresented in the stainless steel edicts of experts. Where is the voice of the voiceless in the scientific literature, including the literature of environmental ethics?
Karen Davis World Literature Sayings By Karen Davis: I have been impressed by the realization that a few men have virtually 'decided' what
Among the many worlds which man did not receive as a gift of nature, but which he created with his own mind, the world of books is the greatest. Every child, scrawling his first letters on his slate and attempting to read for the first time, in so doing, enters an artificial and complicated world; to know the laws and rules of this world completely and to practice them perfectly, no single human life is long enough. Without words, without writing, and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. And if anyone wants to try to enclose in a small space in a single house or single room, the history of the human spirit and to make it his own, he can only do this in the form of a collection of books.Hermann Hesse World Literature Sayings By Hermann Hesse: Among the many worlds which man did not receive as a gift of nature, but
If literature matters today, it is chiefly because it seems to many conventional critics one of the few remaining places where, in a divided, fragmented world, a sense of universal value may still be incarnate; and where, in a sordidly material world, a rare glimpse of transcendence can still be attained.Terry Eagleton World Literature Sayings By Terry Eagleton: If literature matters today, it is chiefly because it seems to many conventional critics one
What may be myth in one world may always be fact in some other.C.S. Lewis World Literature Sayings By C.S. Lewis: What may be myth in one world may always be fact in some other.
At times, the reader of World War II literature must think every American, from general to G.I., kept a war diary, later mined for memoirs of the conflict. Few diaries, however, were published in their own right.Nigel Hamilton World Literature Sayings By Nigel Hamilton: At times, the reader of World War II literature must think every American, from general
The flower, as he saw it, ruled over evil; it absorbed in itself all innocently shed blood (that is why it is so red) all tears and all the gall of humanity. It was an awful and mysterious being, the antitheses of God, an Ahriman presenting a most unassuming and innocent appearance. It was necessary to break it off and kill it. But this was not all; it was also necessary not to permit it at its death to discharge its evil upon the world.Vsevolod Garshin World Literature Sayings By Vsevolod Garshin: The flower, as he saw it, ruled over evil; it absorbed in itself all innocently
To live a spiritual life does not mean that we must leave our families, give up our jobs, or change our ways of working; it does not mean that we have to withdraw from social or political activities, or lose interest in literature and art; it does not require severe forms of asceticism or long hours of prayer. Changes such as these may in fact grow out of our spiritual life, and for some people radical decisions may be necessary. But the spiritual life can be lived in as many ways as there are people. What is new is that we have moved from the many things to the kingdom of God. What is new is that we are set free from the compulsions of our world and have set our hearts on the only necessary thing. What is new is that we no longer experience the many things, people, and events as endless causes for worry, but begin to experience them as the rich variety of ways in which God makes his presence known to us.Henri J.M. Nouwen World Literature Sayings By Henri J.M. Nouwen: To live a spiritual life does not mean that we must leave our families, give
I have no liking for novels or stories - none in the world; and so, whenever I read one - which is not oftener than once in two years, and even in these same cases I seldom read beyond the middle of the book - my distaste for the vehicle always taints my judgment of the literature itself, as a matter of course; and also of course makes my verdict valuless. Are you saying "You have written stories yourself." Quite true: but the fact that an Indian likes to scalp people is no evidence that he likes to be scalped.Mark Twain World Literature Sayings By Mark Twain: I have no liking for novels or stories - none in the world; and so,
The growth of the imagination demands windows-windows through which we can look out at the world and windows through which we can look into ourselves. The old stories were windows in just this way.Katherine Paterson World Literature Sayings By Katherine Paterson: The growth of the imagination demands windows-windows through which we can look out at the
It was an awe-inspiring and humbling thought, Chacko said (Humbling was a nice word, Rahel thought. Humbling along without a care in the world), that the whole of contemporary history, the World Wars, the War of Dreams, the Man on the Moon, science, literature, philosophy, the pursuit of knowledge- was no more than a blink of the Earth Woman's eye.
"And we, my dears, everything we are and ever will be are just a twinkle in her eye," Chacko said grandly, lying on his bed, staring at the ceiling. [ ... ] Later, in the light of all that happened, twinkle seemed completely the wrong word to describe the expression in the Earth Woman's eye. Twinkle was a word with crinkled, happy edges.
Arundhati Roy World Literature Sayings By Arundhati Roy: It was an awe-inspiring and humbling thought, Chacko said (Humbling was a nice word, Rahel
If the invention of derivatives was the financial world's modernist dawn, the current crisis is unsettlingly like the birth of postmodernism. For anyone who studied literature in college in the past few decades, there is a weird familiarity about the current crisis: value, in the realm of finance capital, parallels the elusive nature of meaning in deconstrucitonism. According to Jacques Derrida, the doyen of the school, meaning can never be precisely located; instead, it is always 'deferred,' moved elsewhere, located in other meanings, which refer and defer to other meanings - a snake permanently and necessarily eating its own tail. This process is fluid and constant, but at moments the perpetual process of deferral stalls and collapses in on itself. Derrida called this moment an 'aporia,' from a Greek term meaning 'impasse.' There is something both amusing and appalling about seeing his theories acted out in the world markets to such cataclysmic effect.John Lanchester World Literature Sayings By John Lanchester: If the invention of derivatives was the financial world's modernist dawn, the current crisis is
It is impossible to look into the Bible with the most ordinary attention without feeling that we have got into a moral atmosphere quite different from that which we breathe in the world, and in the world's literature.Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine World Literature Sayings By Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine: It is impossible to look into the Bible with the most ordinary attention without feeling
Literature has always carried positive connotations in the world of luxury goods.Michel Houellebecq World Literature Sayings By Michel Houellebecq: Literature has always carried positive connotations in the world of luxury goods.
It perhaps might be said
if any one dared
that the most worthless literature of the world has been that which has been written by the men of one nation concerning the men of another.
Stephen Crane World Literature Sayings By Stephen Crane: It perhaps might be saidif any one daredthat the most worthless literature of the world
What bizarre things does not one find in a great city when one knows how to walk about and how to look! Life swarms with innocent monsters. Oh Lord my God, Thou Creator, Thou Master, Thou who hast made law and liberty, Thou the Sovereign who dost allow, Thou the Judge who dost pardon, Thou who art full of Motives and of Causes, Thou who hast (it may be) placed within my soul the love of horror in order to turn my hear to Thee, like the cure which follows the knife; Oh Lord, have pity, have pity upon the mad men and women that we are! Oh Creator, is it possible that monsters should exist in the eyes of Him alone who knoweth why they exist, how they have made themselves, and how they would have made themselves, and could not?Charles Baudelaire World Literature Sayings By Charles Baudelaire: What bizarre things does not one find in a great city when one knows how
There are even more statues of Robert Burns than of any other figure in world literature. Indeed if we discount figures of religion, then only Christopher Columbus has more statues than he worldwide.Len G. Murray World Literature Sayings By Len G. Murray: There are even more statues of Robert Burns than of any other figure in world
My dis-interest in what people speak of as "women's problems," "women's literature." Have women a special sensibility? No. There are individuals uniquely talented & uniquely equipped to interpret the complex symbolism of the world but they are certainly not determined by gender. The very idea is astonishing. [ ... ] Energy, talent, vision, insight, compassion, the ability to stay with a single work for long periods of time, the ability to be faithful (to both one's writing and one's beloved)
these have nothing to do with gender. [ ... ] The sensibility of a Virginia Woolf, for instance. It's her own, it's uniquely hers. Not because she is a "female" but because she is, or was, Virginia Woolf. Not more sensitive than Henry James or Proust or James Joyce, consequently not more "feminine" in the narrow & misleading sense people use that term today ... But then I suppose critics must have something to write about. [ ... ]
Joyce Carol Oates World Literature Sayings By Joyce Carol Oates: My dis-interest in what people speak of as "women's problems," "women's literature." Have women a
All the while that Jean was listening to him, he was vaguely conscious that what gives literature its reality is the result of work accomplished by the human spirit, no matter what the material facts that may have stimulated it (a walk, a night of love, a social drama), of a sort of discovery in the world of the spirit, of the emotions, made by the human intelligence, so that the value of a book is never in the material presented by the writer, but in the nature of the operation he performs upon it.Marcel Proust World Literature Sayings By Marcel Proust: All the while that Jean was listening to him, he was vaguely conscious that what
What is literature, and why do I try to write about it? I don't know. Likewise, I don't know why I go on living, most of the time. But this not knowing is precisely what I want to preserve. As readers, the closest way we can engage with a literary work is to protect its indeterminacy; to return ourselves and it to a place that precludes complete recognition. Really, when I'm reading, all I want is to stand amazed in front of an unknown object at odds with the world.M. John Harrison World Literature Sayings By M. John Harrison: What is literature, and why do I try to write about it? I don't know.
This is all a tale of an older world and a forgotten countryside. At this moment of time change has come; a screaming line of steel runs through the heather of no-man's-land, and the holiday-maker claims the valleys for his own. But this busyness is but of yesterday, and not ten years ago the fields lay quiet to the gaze of placid beasts and the wandering stars. This story I have culled from the grave of an old fashion, and set down for the love of a great soul and the poetry of life.John Buchan World Literature Sayings By John Buchan: This is all a tale of an older world and a forgotten countryside. At this
Literature can no longer be either Mimesis or Mathesis but merely Semiosis, the adventure of what is impossible to language, in a word: Text (it is wrong to say that the notion of 'text' repeats the notion of 'literature': literature represents a finite world, the text figures the infinite of language).Roland Barthes World Literature Sayings By Roland Barthes: Literature can no longer be either Mimesis or Mathesis but merely Semiosis, the adventure of
Good art is always dangerous, always open-ended. Once you put it out in the world you lose control of it; people will fit it into their minds in all sorts of different ways.Greil Marcus World Literature Sayings By Greil Marcus: Good art is always dangerous, always open-ended. Once you put it out in the world
Not even the visionary or mystical experience ever lasts very long. It is for art to capture that experience, to offer it to, in the case of literature, its readers; to be, for a secular, materialist culture, some sort of replacement for what the love of god offers in the world of faith.Salman Rushdie World Literature Sayings By Salman Rushdie: Not even the visionary or mystical experience ever lasts very long. It is for art
Every adult life could be said to be defined by two great love stories. The first - the story of our quest for sexual love - is well known and well charted, its vagaries form the staple of music and literature, it is socially accepted and celebrated. The second - the story of our quest for love from the world - is a more secret and shameful tale. If mentioned, it tends to be in caustic, mocking terms, as something of interest chiefly to envious or deficient souls, or else the drive for status is interpreted in an economic sense alone. And yet this second love story is no less intense than the first, it is no less complicated, important or universal, and its setbacks are no less painful. There is heartbreak here too.Alain De Botton World Literature Sayings By Alain De Botton: Every adult life could be said to be defined by two great love stories. The
Of all people in the world the English have the least sense of the beauty of literature.Oscar Wilde World Literature Sayings By Oscar Wilde: Of all people in the world the English have the least sense of the beauty
Kropp on the other hand is a thinker. He proposes that a declaration of war should be a kind of popular festival with entrance-tickets and bands, like a bull fight. Then in the arena the ministers and generals of the two countries, dressed in bathing-drawers and armed with clubs, can have it out on themselves. Whoever survives the country wins. That would be much simpler and more than just this arrangement, where the wrong people do the fightingErich Maria Remarque World Literature Sayings By Erich Maria Remarque: Kropp on the other hand is a thinker. He proposes that a declaration of war
Note, to-day, an instructive, curious spectacle and conflict. Science, (twin, in its fields, of Democracy in its) - Science, testing absolutely all thoughts, all works, has already burst well upon the world - a sun, mounting, most illuminating, most glorious - surely never again to set. But against it, deeply entrench'd, holding possession, yet remains, (not only through the churches and schools, but by imaginative literature, and unregenerate poetry,) the fossil theology of the mythic-materialistic, superstitious, untaught and credulous, fable-loving, primitive ages of humanity.Walt Whitman World Literature Sayings By Walt Whitman: Note, to-day, an instructive, curious spectacle and conflict. Science, (twin, in its fields, of Democracy
But Zarathustra made it clear in which direction the answer lay; it is towards the artist-psychologist, the intuitional thinker. There are very few such men in the world's literature; the great artists are not thinkers, the great thinkers are seldom artists.Colin Wilson World Literature Sayings By Colin Wilson: But Zarathustra made it clear in which direction the answer lay; it is towards the
The orphan in children's literature allows the child protagonist to move the story forward themselves. I think that, however happy a family, every intelligent child thinks: 'How did I come to be born to these parents?' - it is about finding your place in the world.Brian Selznick World Literature Sayings By Brian Selznick: The orphan in children's literature allows the child protagonist to move the story forward themselves.
That's really what SF is all about, you know: the big reality that pervades the real world we live in: the reality of change. Science fiction is the very literature of change. In fact, it is the only such literature we have.Frederik Pohl World Literature Sayings By Frederik Pohl: That's really what SF is all about, you know: the big reality that pervades the
True literature should rouse the reader, unsettle him, change his view of the world, give him a resolute push over the cliff of self-knowledgeFelix J. Palma World Literature Sayings By Felix J. Palma: True literature should rouse the reader, unsettle him, change his view of the world, give
Life in the trenches has been well documented, though mostly from the point of view of the victors. Especially in the English-language literature on World War I, there is not a huge amount that captures the experiences of the ordinary German soldier. The present translation of my grandfather's memoirs of his time on the Western Front may offer some redress.Gunther Simmermacher World Literature Sayings By Gunther Simmermacher: Life in the trenches has been well documented, though mostly from the point of view
...if you were convinced that the world had forgotten how to think and teach, if you believed it had discarded the beauty of art and literature, if you thought it had crushed the power of truth, would you let that world educate your children?Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera World Literature Sayings By Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera: ...if you were convinced that the world had forgotten how to think and teach, if
I'm trying to earn a living in the way that is most enjoyable to me. I love the world of literature, and I hope to support myself in it.Jamaica Kincaid World Literature Sayings By Jamaica Kincaid: I'm trying to earn a living in the way that is most enjoyable to me.
The Roman genius, and perhaps the Roman flaw was an obsession with order. One sees it in their architecture, their literature, their laws - this fierce denial of darkness, unreason, chaos. Easy to see why the Romans, usually so tolerant of foreign religions, persecuted the Christians mercilessly - how absurd to think a common criminal had risen from the dead, how appalling that his followers celebrated him by drinking his blood. The illogic of it frightened them and they did everything they could to crush it. In fact, I think the reason they took such drastic steps was because they were not only frightened but also terribly attracted to it. Pragmatists are often strangely superstitious. For all their logic, who lived in more abject terror of the supernatural than the Romans? The Greeks were different. They had a passion for order and symmetry, much like the Romans, but they knew how foolish it was to deny the unseen world, the old gods. Emotion, darkness, barbarism.Donna Tartt World Literature Sayings By Donna Tartt: The Roman genius, and perhaps the Roman flaw was an obsession with order. One sees
I was born in 1952, so obviously the sixties were important. That's when I came of age. It was also a revolutionary period, a complete break with the generation before us in terms of culture, literature, music, and in politics, of course. 1968 was an important year; I was 16, and the world became clear to me, visible, so to say.Per Petterson World Literature Sayings By Per Petterson: I was born in 1952, so obviously the sixties were important. That's when I came
Do books, after all, change anything? For all their proverbial liberalism, have they made the world more liberal? Or have they offered the fig leaf that allows us to go on as we were, liberal in our reading and conservative in our living. Perhaps art is more part of the problem than the solution; we may be going to hell, but look how well we write about it, look at our paintings and operas and tragedies.Tim Parks World Literature Sayings By Tim Parks: Do books, after all, change anything? For all their proverbial liberalism, have they made the
One thing I discovered is that the book world is vast. It's easy to walk around the store - even the room with literature and poetry, where I work most often - and feel overwhelmed.Kevin Sampsell World Literature Sayings By Kevin Sampsell: One thing I discovered is that the book world is vast. It's easy to walk
I've been an avid consumer of young adult literature since I was one, and I think some people leave that stuff behind when they become old adults, but I never did. I was always interested in the fantasy world created in those novels.Diablo Cody World Literature Sayings By Diablo Cody: I've been an avid consumer of young adult literature since I was one, and I
There is indeed a great force in the world, a force spiritual and able to shape the physical universe, but that force is not something cut off, not something separate from ourselves. It is the energy in us, the strongest in our working, breathing, thinking together as one people; weakest when we are scattered, confused, broken into individual, unconnected fragments.Ayi Kwei Armah World Literature Sayings By Ayi Kwei Armah: There is indeed a great force in the world, a force spiritual and able to
Black children need to see their lives reflected in the books they read. If they don't, they won't feel welcome in the world of literature. The lives of African-Americans are rich and diverse, and the books our children read should reflect that.Valerie Wilson Wesley World Literature Sayings By Valerie Wilson Wesley: Black children need to see their lives reflected in the books they read. If they