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When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
Hell hath no fury like a hustler with a literary agent.
Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It's literary suicide.
Satire lies about literary men while they live and eulogy lies about them when they die.
I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.
There is a great discovery still to be made in literature, that of paying literary men by the quantity they do not write.
Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express.
T. S. Eliot
Excessive literary production is a social offense.
I have the conviction that excessive literary production is a social offence.
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.
No humorist is under any obligation to provide answers and probably if you were to delve into the literary history of humour it's probably all about not providing answers because the humorist essentially says: this is the way things are.
P. J. O'Rourke
They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'
Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
Scientists disagree among themselves but they never fight over their disagreements. They argue about evidence or go out and seek new evidence. Much the same is true of philosophers, historians and literary critics.
Let your literary compositions be kept from the public eye for nine years at least.
To understand a literary style, consider what it omits.
Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.
H. G. Wells
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.
John Kenneth Galbraith
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.
The aim of literary ambition is to demonstrate one's greatness of soul.
Every literary critic believes he will outwit history and have the last word.
First literature came to refer only to itself, the literary theory.
I never appreciated 'positive heroes' in literature. They are almost always cliches, copies of copies, until the model is exhausted. I prefer perplexity, doubt, uncertainty, not just because it provides a more 'productive' literary raw material, but because that is the way we humans really are.
Of all the species of literary composition, perhaps biography is the most delightful. The attention concentrated on one individual gives a unity to the materials of which it is composed, which is wanting in general history.
Black writers, of whatever quality, who step outside the pale of what black writers are supposed to write about, or who black writers are supposed to be, are condemned to silences in black literary circles that are as total and as destructive as any imposed by racism.
I often find myself privately stewing about much British art, thinking that except for their tremendous gardens, that the English are not primarily visual artists, and are, in nearly unsurpassable ways, literary.
Two fundamental literary qualities: supernaturalism and irony.
As in political so in literary action a man wins friends for himself mostly by the passion of his prejudices and the consistent narrowness of his outlook.
Once more I can climb about and remind you that a woman in this epoch does the important literary thinking.
I can't change overnight into a serious literary author. You can't compare apples to oranges. William Faulkner was a great literary genius. I am not.
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