The adolescent protagonist is one of the hallmarks of American literature.
– Tayari Jones
I’ve been missing Japanese literature so much of late.
– Utada Hikaru
The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
– Stephen Leacock
Literature is memory written down. All literature is memory.
– Wayne Grady
I used to be more of a purist about literature. I thought, ‘If it’s a really propulsive story, then maybe there’s something unliterary about it.’
– Steven Heighton
Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.
– Thornton Wilder
I strongly believe that literature can do something that nothing else can do, and that is embody the human spirit.
– Thomas McGuane
Not only are most of our citizens fathomlessly ignorant of the glories of American literature, a fast-growing percentage of our students are no longer taught much about any works of American art, be they novels, paintings, symphonies or ballets.
– Terry Teachout
So often, literature about African people is conflated with literature about African politics, as if the state were somehow of greater import or interest than the individual.
– Taiye Selasi
Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.
– Vladimir Nabokov
Calling one thing ‘literature’ and another ‘fiction’ is a way to create status where there is none.
– Tucker Max
The crown of literature is poetry.
– W. Somerset Maugham
In the world of literature, I see prizes as more of a duty to the craft itself, rather than as something for the individual.
– Wole Soyinka
When you read the psychedelic literature, there is a distinction between the so-called natural psychedelics and synthetic psychedelics that are artificially produced.
– Stanislav Grof
A lot of my stories are inspired by Japanese folklore or literature or movies: I’ve done stories based on Kabuki and Noh plays, and on Kurosawa’s ‘Yojimbo’ movies.
– Stan Sakai
It’s funny, in literature no one ever goes to the lavatory.
– Tom Baker
I’m not so sure that horror should be dismissed as something less than literature.
– Whitley Strieber
I wrote one terrible manuscript after another for a decade and I guess they gradually got a little less terrible. But there were many, many unpublished short stories, abandoned screenplays and novels… a Library of Congress worth of awful literature.
– Seth Grahame-Smith
Mark Twain created a new type of literature and not a lot of people can say that. Not a lot of people can say they’re absolutely original and completely self-made.
– Val Kilmer
And I found both literature and the church very dramatic presences in the world of the 1950s.
– Thomas Keneally
My twenties were entirely taken up with literature. Entirely.
In literature, the ghost is almost always a metaphor for the weight of the past. I don’t believe in them in the traditional sense.
– Tabitha King
Literature… is the union of suffering with the instinct for form.
– Thomas Mann
Lisbeth Salander is one of the most compelling heroines of 21st century crime literature, and I am thrilled to see readers have welcomed her return.
– Sonny Mehta
Music enriches people’s lives in the same way paintings and literature do. Everybody deserves that.
– Victoria Wood