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Accuse not nature, she hath done her part;Do thou but thine, and be not diffidentOf wisdom, she deserts thee not, if thouDismiss not her, when most thou needest her nigh,By attributing overmuch to thingsLess excellent, as thou thyself perceivest.(Quote by - John Milton)

Everywhere I go, I'm asked if the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. (Quote by - Flannery O'connor)

Humph!' grunted Mr. Romford, seeing his worst fears about to be realized. He had dreamt that he had timbled over a poodle in the drawing-room, and squirted a bottle of porter right into a lady's face. 'Who's goin' besides ourselves?' asked Romford, wishing to know the worst at once. 'Better be killed than frightened to death,' thought he. (Quote by - Robert Smith Surtees)

Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind. (Quote by - Maxwell Bodenheim)

Beneath the rule of men entirely great, / The pen is mightier than the sword. (Quote by - G. K. Chesterton)

When a man can observe himself suffering and is able, later, to describe what he's gone through, it means he was born for literature. (Quote by - Edwin Bourdet)

Our poetry in the eighteenth century was prose; our prose in the seventeenth, poetry. (Quote by - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare)

The great Creator to revereMust sure become the creature;But still the preaching cant forbear,And ev'n the rigid feature:Yet ne'er with wits profane to rangeBe complaisance extended;An atheist laugh's a poor exchangeFor deity offended.(Quote by - Robert Burns)

Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions. (Quote by - John Morley)

Housework is a breeze. Cooking is a pleasant diversion. Putting up a retaining wall is a lark. But teaching is like climbing a mountain. (Quote by - Fawn M. Brodie)

But wherefore thou alone? Wherefore with theeCame not all hell broke loose? Is pain to themLess pain, less to be fled, or thou than theyLess hardy to endure? Courageous chief,The first in flight from pain, hadst thou allegedTo thy deserted host this cause of flight,Thou surely hadst not come sole fugitive.

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once. (Quote by - Cyril Connolly)

Time the great destroyer of other men's happiness, only enlarges the patrimony of literature to its possessor. (Quote by - Isaac D'Israeli)

They castrate the books of other men in order that with the fat of their works they may lard their own lean volumes. (Quote by - Jovius)

English literature is a kind of training in social ethics. English trains you to handle a body of information in a way that is conducive to action. (Quote by - Marilyn Butler)

Draw a crazy picture,Write a nutty poem,Sing a mumble-gumble song,Whistle through your comb.Do a loony-goony dance'Cross the kitchen floor,Put something silly in the worldThat ain't been there before. (Quote by - Shel Silverstein)

In the history of literature there are many great enduring works which were not published in the lifetimes of the authors. If the authors had not achieved self-affirmation while writing, how could they have continued to write? - Nobel Lecture 2000. (Quote by - Gao Xingjian)

There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech. (Quote by - Allan Bloom)

Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of a man -- the biography of the man himself cannot be written. (Quote by - Mark Twain)

Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse. (Quote by - Joseph Roux)

To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature. (Quote by - Ernst Fischer)

Literature is my utopia. (Quote by - Helen Keller)

How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it. (Quote by - Tryon Edwards)

The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency. (Quote by - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)

In books, the proportion of exceptional to commonplace people is very high; in reality, very low. (Quote by - Aldous Huxley)

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