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The pagan gods are not dead, but can return to topple science with superstition and modern man with besti*l pleasures that pre-date civilisation.
We do not claim that the portrait we are making is the whole truth, only that it is a resemblance.
Without the emotion of the beautiful, the sublime, the mysterious, there is no art, no religion, no literature.
Say a day without the ever.
I go to books and to nature as the bee goes to a flower, for a nectar that I can make into my own honey.
[I]t is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible.
Literature is my Utopia
My soul is in the sky.
The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.
To influence a person is to give him one's own soul.
Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.
The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
There is no scent so pleasant to my nostrils as that faint, subtle reek which comes from an ancient book.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.
In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.
Sir, I shall not defeat you - I shall transcend you.
I would rather decline two drinks than one German adjective.
I love rain because tears can not be seen in rain.
But I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days.
Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent.
Reading is thinking with someone else's head instead of ones own.
Let those who want to save the world if you can get to see it clear and as a whole. Then any part you make will represent the whole if it's made truly. The thing to do is work and learn to make it.
The words that strike us are those that awake an echo in a zone we have already made our own—the place where we live—and the vibration enables us to find fresh starting points within ourselves.
Your goodness must have some edge to it -- else it is none.
....And above all, it is your civilization, it is you. However much you hate it or laugh at it, you will never be happy away from it for any length of time
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
Estragon: You see, you feel worse when I'm with you. I feel better alone, too.Vladmir: Then why do you always come crawling back?Estragon: I don't know.
There are people who, the more you do for them, the less they will do for themseselves.
It was hard to love a woman that always made you feel so wishful.
A cardinal principle of good fiction [is]: the theme and the plot of a novel must be integrated—as thoroughly integrated as mind and body or thought and action in a rational view of man.
In art, and in literature, the end and the means, or the subject and the style, must be worthy of each other.That which is not worth contemplating in life, is not worth re-creating in art.
A good novel is an indivisible sum: every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.
Mice: But reading all the good writers might discourage you.Y.C.: Then you ought to be discouraged.
Journalism is unreadable, and literature is unread.
Everyone lives by selling something.
God produced great writing, a matter of first importance to a man like Lincoln, ever impressed with the nature of cause and forces.
Esteem him! Like him! Cold-hearted Elinor! Oh! worse than cold-hearted! Ashamed of being otherwise. Use those words again, and I will leave the room this moment.
I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple.
Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas!
I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.
I do not know where the error lies. I do not pretend to set people right, but I do see they are often wrong.
No one writes anything worth writing, unless he writes entirely for the sake of his subject.
Truth is most beautiful undraped.
More than at any other time, when I hold a beloved book in my hand my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.
It is not all books that are as dull as their readers.
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.
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
Without literature, life is hell.
For thy sweet love remembr'd such wealth bringsThat then, I scorn to change my state with kings.