Literature Quotes

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  • That doesn’t matter. Don’t you give up on this [library] card. Because books can be solid gold. Yeah, the great ones have gotten us through the nights for centuries. Just give a writer an hour to hook you and if he can’t wish him the best of luck and find someone else.
    o Anthony Hopkins, Hearts in Atlantis movie

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  • [Literature is] an organised violence committed on ordinary speech.
    o Roman Jakobson

  • From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend to read it.
    o Groucho Marx on Dawn Ginsbergh’s Revenge by Sidney J. Perelman

  • Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.
    o Oscar Wilde

  • If my books had been any worse I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better I should not have come.
    o Raymond Chandler

  • It’s not that he ‘bites off more than he can chew’ but he chews more than he bites off.
    o Clover Adams on Henry James

  • The covers of this book are too far apart.
    o Ambrose Bierce

  • We have met too late. You are too old for me to have any effect on you.
    o James Joyce to W.B. Yeats

  • Where were you fellows when the paper was blank?
    o Fred Allen, after writers had heavily edited his script

  • Why don’t you write books people can read?
    o Mrs. Nora Joyce to her husband, James Joyce

  • Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    o Samuel Johnson

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