- A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.
Lavengro (1851) ch. 30 1803–81 English writer:
- Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.
Enemies of Promise (1938) ch. 3 1903–74 English writer:
- There is first the literature of knowledge, and secondly, the literature of power.
Works of Pope (1847 ed.) in North British Review August 1848, vol. 9 1785–1859 English essayist and critic: review of the
- Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction. 1923–2014 South African novelist and short-story writer: Nobel lecture: ‘Writing and Being’ 7 December 1991
- Literature is my Utopia.
The Story of my Life (1903) ch. 21 1880–1968 American writer and social reformer, blind and deaf from the age of 19 months:
- In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
The Art of Living (1940) ch. 6 1885–1967 French writer:
- All true literature rises from this childish, hopeful certainty that all people resemble each other.
My Father's Suitcase: the Nobel Lecture (2006) 1952– Turkish novelist:
- Literature is news that stays news.
The ABC of Reading (1934) ch. 2 1885–1972 American poet:
- Literature is the one place in any society where, within the secrecy of our own heads, we can hear voices talking about everything in every possible way. 1947– Indian-born British novelist: lecture ‘Is Nothing Sacred’ 6 February 1990
- The illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal.
Writers at Work (1958) 1st series 1935–2004 French novelist: Malcolm Cowley (ed.)
- Remarks are not literature.
Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) ch. 7 1874–1946 American writer: