The Top 12 Quotes About Literature

The Top 12 Quotes About Literature


Writers Write is a comprehensive writing resource. In this post, we share our 12 favourite literary quotes about literature.

The Top 12 Quotes About Literature

  1. He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it. ~Joseph Heller
  2. That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. What is wonderful about great literature is that it transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote, and brings to birth in us also the creative impulse. ~E.M. Forster
  4. Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. ~Cassandra Clare
  5. The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. The crown of literature is poetry. ~ William Somerset Maugham
  7. Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart. ~Salman Rushdie
  8. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others. ~Virginia Woolf
  9. Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity. ~G. K. Chesterton
  10. Literature always anticipates life. It does not copy it, but moulds it to its purpose. The nineteenth century, as we know it, is largely an invention of Balzac. ~Oscar Wilde
  11. Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. ~C.S. Lewis
  12. It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature. ~Henry James

by Amanda Patterson

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This article has 5 comments

  1. Devika Fernando

    As a fellow writer and huge bookworm, I’m always on the look-out for inspirational quotes. I simply love this list compiled by you! Impossible to pick a favourite – and so much to learn just from a dozen sentences!

  2. Arnold Walter

    Thanks for these inspiring quotes! Literature is definitely a luxury. I consider it one of the things that make me the richest man in the world.

  3. Arnold Walter

    Thanks for these inspiring quotes! Literature is definitely a luxury. I consider it one of the things that make me the richest man in the world.

  4. Arnold Walter

    Thanks for these inspiring quotes! Literature is definitely a luxury. I consider it one of the things that make me the richest man in the world.

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