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Motivational Literature Quotes

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Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress;
when I get tired of one,
I spend the night with the other.
- Anton Chekhov

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The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life:
in education,
medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
- Barry Commoner

Movies are a complicated collision of literature,
theatre, music and all the visual arts.
- Yahoo Serious


 

I do not believe in sex distinction in literature,
law, politics, or trade - or that modesty and virtue
are more becoming to women than to men,
but wish we had more of it everywhere.
- Belva Lockwood

Gossip is more popular than literature.
- Hugh Leonard

We must wash literature off ourselves.
We want to be men above all, to be human.
- Antonin Artaud


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Without literature my life would be miserable.
- Naguib Mahfouz

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

Bad literature is a form of treason.
- Joseph Brodsky

On almost anything someone does in the computer business,
you can go back in the literature and prove someone had done it earlier.
- Ken Olsen

Literature is the question minus the answer.
- Roland Barthes

The test of literature is, I suppose,
whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.
- Elizabeth Drew

It seems to me that an author who has determined very
new domains in literature is Gertrude Stein.
- Raymond Queneau

Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.
- David Herbert Lawrence

It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.
- Alfred North Whitehead

The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.
- Hugh Blair

You get below the Mason-Dixon line and you have some of the best music,
culture, the two races, the literature,
and it's so rich.
- Robert Duvall

The idea of bringing young people up to Literature
is doubtless calculated to raise the eyebrows almost
as much as the suggestion of bringing them up to the Stage.
- James Payn

Science and literature give me answers.
And they ask me questions I will never be able to answer.
- Mark Haddon

It is not Kafka's fault that his wonderful writings
have lately turned into a fad,
and are read by people who have neither the ability
nor the desire to absorb literature.
- Herman Hesse

What is not in the open street is false,
derived, that is to say, literature.
- Henry Miller

In literature as in ethics, there is danger,
as well as glory, in being subtle.
Aristocracy isolates us.
- Charles Baudelaire

Pop changes week to week, month to month.
But great music is like literature.
- Ravi Shankar

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle,
without being at all acute; hence there is so much
humour and so little wit in their literature.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Change is the principal feature of our age and literature
should explore how people deal with it.
The best science fiction does that, head-on.
- David Brin

Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Indeed; peace literature is almost exclusively read,
though to good effect, by pacifists,
while what is needed is the canvassing of those who
have not so far been won to the cause.
- Fredrik Bajer

Contemporary literature in the West has shown some signs of ethical change.
- Lafcadio Hearn

The proverbial philosophy of a people helps us to understand
more about them than any other kind of literature.
- Lafcadio Hearn

I began as a boy with artistic talent...
as a visual artist...
I thought that was what I'd become and in my late teens
drifted into reading serious literature.
- Russell Banks

If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead.
How liberating to work in the margins,
outside a central perception.
You are the ghoul of literature.
Lovely.
- Don DeLillo

Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry.
With both you are working with reality,
a material just as hard as wood.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Black literature is taught as sociology,
as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.
- Toni Morrison

I've always said that music is like literature.
- Jose Carreras

He taught me literature, and he actually taught me how to read.
He was my personal mentor.
- Shimon Peres

I gradually became persuaded that the subjects,
without intending to, had revealed to me a basic truth
about markets that was foreign to the literature of economics.
- Vernon L. Smith

It's interesting to note that all revolutionary literature was written by pastors.
These guys were involved in a revolution against the
mightiest power that the world had ever seen.
- Randall Terry

In French literature, you can choose a la carte;
in Spanish literature,
there is only the set meal.
- Jose Bergamin

Literature - creative literature - unconcerned with sex,
is inconceivable.
- Gertrude Stein

Literature is news that stays news.
- Ezra Pound

Tardiness in literature can make me nervous.
- Manuel Puig

The genre has moved into this commercial aspect of itself,
and ignored this extraordinarily rich literature that's
filed everywhere else except under travel.
- Robyn Davidson

In the order of literature, as in others,
there is no act that is not the coronation of an infinite
series of causes and the source of an infinite series of effects.
- Jorge Luis Borges

Literature is the denunciation of the times in which one lives.
- Camilo Jose Cela

When you kill somebody in the movies,
it matters, whereas in literature it can be allegorical.
- Barbet Schroeder

Magic Realism is not new.
The label's new, the specific Latin American form of it is new,
its modern popularity is new, but it's been around
as long as literature has been around.
- Terri Windling

But picketing - picketing for or against something,
and handing out literature - these are conspicuously formal actions.
They have to be understood as indirect communication.
- Tony Conrad

Literature is about as unnecessarily necessarily as
tableware or ironed shirts.
- Peter Bichsel

Literature is my calling To hold up the mirror to my
countrymen comes natural to me;
and in the open field of invention I am not without
hopes of giving them pleasure.
- Thomas Edward Brown

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that
our writers are forever looking back with love and
nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
- Anatole Broyard

How do you make any sense of history,
art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography
of your own culture and all the world's main religions?
- Polly Toynbee

If I could have gone on describing to you the beauties of this region,
who knows but I might have made a fine addition to
the literature of our age?
- Robert Gould Shaw

I didn't make any money from my writing until much later.
I published about 80 stories for nothing.
I spent on literature.
- Naguib Mahfouz

The only sensible ends of literature are,
first, the pleasurable toil of writing;
second,
the gratification of one's family and friends;
and lastly,
the solid cash.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

The elegance and the quality - the talent is always in the literature.
I start with the word and I base everything on that.
It doesn't make any difference to me.
- Kate Mulgrew

I lead no party; I follow no leader.
I have given the best part of my life to careful study of Islam,
its law and polity, its culture, its history and its literature.
- Muhammad Iqbal

And I found both literature and the church very dramatic
presences in the world of the 1950s.
- Thomas Keneally

All literature is gossip.
- Truman Capote

Literature is made upon any occasion that a challenge
is put to the legal apparatus by conscience in touch with humanity.
- Nelson Algren

Journalism students need to understand it and need
a solid background in the liberal arts,
in sociology, economics, literature and language,
because they won't get it later on.
- Harrison Salisbury

Gender consciousness has become involved in almost
every intellectual field:
history,
literature, science, anthropology.
There's been an extraordinary advance.
- Clifford Geertz

For me, literature is a complex game,
both mental and concrete, which is acted out in a physical manner on the page.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Books are the money of Literature, but only the counters of Science.
- Thomas Huxley

In pure literature, the writers of the eighteenth century achieved,
indeed, many triumphs; but their great,
their peculiar, triumphs were in the domain of thought.
- Lytton Strachey

I think the great artists, especially in literature,
have always thought with the heart.
- Douglas Sirk

Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience...
from generation to generation.
In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation.
- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of
any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.
- Raymond Chandler

Film is our literature, so we should tell stories that
are apropos of our culture,
in that we can learn something about ourselves.
- David Strathairn

More than art, more than literature,
music is universally accessible.
- Billy Joel

Every man's work, whether it be literature,
or music or pictures or architecture or anything else,
is always a portrait of himself.
- Samuel Butler


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