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"I've been missing Japanese literature so much of late." - Utada Hikaru

"I didn't read so much Japanese literature. Because my father was a teacher of Japanese literature, I just wanted to do something else." - Haruki Murakami

"I am an admirer of haiku, and I'm a great admirer of Japanese literature in general." - Richard Flanagan

"I have no models in Japanese literature. I created my own style, my own way." - Haruki Murakami

"Literature + Illness = Illness" - Roberto Bolano

"Literature is achieved anxiety." - Harold Bloom

"All literature is protest." - Richard Wright

"Literature is eavesdropping." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Literature is my Utopia" - Helen Keller

"All literature is political." - Levar Burton

"There's a long history of anthropomorphic animals in Japanese literature. The so-called 'funny animal scrolls' were the first narratives in Japanese history, and the heroes of many folk tales have animals as their companions." - Stan Sakai

"I read mostly Irish, African, Japanese, South American, and African writers. You can count on Scandinavian literature for a certain kind of darkness, a modern mythic style." - Chris Abani

"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

"Painting is literature in colors. Literature is painting in language." - Pramoedya Ananta Toer

"All literature, is, finally autobiographical." - Jorge Luis Borges

"Painting taught literature to describe." - Orhan Pamuk

"Literature is about telling stories." - Amos Oz

"Reverence is fatal to literature." - E M Forster

"Postmodernism cost literature its audience." - Scott Turow

"My hatred for Japanese cinema includes absolutely all of it." - Nagisa Oshima

"My favorite kitchen was the Japanese and the Italian kitchen." - Karl Lagerfeld

"Perversity is the muse of modern literature." - Susan Sontag

"The great Cham of literature. (Samuel Johnson)" - Tobias Smollett

"In Literature, only trouble is interesting." - Janet Burroway

"Life isn't simple. Literature shouldn't be either." - Mark Slouka

"Circumstances are the seeds of literature." - Salvador de Madariaga

"Literature is the thought of thinking souls." - Thomas Carlyle

"A louse in the locks of literature." - Alfred Tennyson

"Literature is the magical meaning of life." - Ana Maria Matute

"A louse in the locks of literature." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"In literature imitations do not imitate." - Mark Twain

"Literature is the history of the soul." - Barry Hannah

"Literature is all, or mostly, about sex." - Anthony Burgess

"I believe all literature started as gossip." - Rita Mae Brown

"Conflict is the soul of literature." - Erica Jong

"Drama - what literature does at night." - George Jean Nathan

"Literature must become party literature. Down with unpartisan litterateurs! Down with the superman of literature! Literature must become a part of the general cause of the proletariat." - Vladimir Lenin

"The gods are fugitive guests of literature." - Roberto Calasso

"Proverbs are the literature of reason." - Proverbs

"Literature is the question minus the answer." - Roland Barthes

"The Bible is literature, not dogma." - George Santayana

"The writer studies literature, not the world." - Annie Dillard

"Literature is news that stays news." - Ezra Pound

"Literature is for the sake of humanity." - Cynthia Ozick

"Our literature is in great shape." - James Welch

"Bad literature is a form of treason." - Joseph Brodsky

"Never pursue literature as a trade." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in poetry." - Lafcadio Hearn

"As far as I have been able to understand, the Japanese seem to keep things close to the vest. Friendly but remote and polite to the point of being invisible. It is in the music, literature, film and art that the Japanese really seem to express themselves." - Henry Rollins

"Literature usually begets literature." - Susan Sontag

"I think fantasy literature is the one true literature of hope and imagination." - Vera Nazarian

"Hindu religious literature, indeed all religious literature, is full of illustrations to prove the truth." - Mahatma Gandhi

"I don't think any novelist should be concerned with literature...literature should be left to essayists." - Jacqueline Susann

"The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read." - Oscar Wilde

"If you read Islamic creationist literature, it's pretty much lifted from American evangelical literature." - Richard Dawkins

"The destination of the soul: this is what I, led on by Nils Holgersson, came to seek in the literature of Western Europe. I fervently hope that my pursuit, as a Japanese, of literature and culture will, in some small measure, repay Western Europe for the light it has shed upon the human condition." - Kenzaburo Oe

"Their racial characteristics are such that we cannot understand or trust even the citizen Japanese." - Henry L Stimson

"Technological things, that Germans and Japanese would get real excited about." - John Badham

"Japanese architecture is very much copied in this country and in Europe." - Minoru Yamasaki

"One of my favorite Japanese proverbs is "Fall down 7 times, stand up 8"." - Georges St-Pierre

"I also have some Chinese weapons, but I like the Japanese sword the best." - Kelly Hu

"All great popular literature today one day will be seen as great literature and will no longer be seen as popular literature." - Walter Mosley

"Leisure without literature is death and burial alive." - Seneca the Younger

"The short story is the literature of the nomad." - John Cheever

"I hate brandy...it stinks of modern literature." - Harold Pinter

"Modern literature seduces with insults, riddles, and inside stories." - Mason Cooley

"All that is literature seeks to communicate power" - Thomas De Quincey

"Anything in literature, including memory, is second-hand," - Herta Muller

"that sunlight of the dead which is called literature." - Marthe Bibesco

"There is no such thing as children's literature." - N. V. M. Gonzalez

"American literature had always considered writing a very serious matter" - Guillermo Cabrera Infante

"Leisure without literature is death and burial alive." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Literature does' exactly have a strong mental-health track record." - Daniel Handler

"Literature is air, and Im suffocating in mediocrity." - Armand Assante

"The sermon is now the true poppy of literature." - David Swing

"Literature has the power to change lives, minds, and hearts." - Cam'ron

"In literature it is only the wild that attracts us." - Henry David Thoreau

"Pornography is literature designed to be read with one hand." - Angela Lambert

"Critics are those who have failed in literature and art." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Literature is doomed if liberty of thought perishes." - George Orwell

"In literature, you know only what you imagine" - Carlos Fuentes

"It is with noble sentiments that bad literature gets written." - Andre Gide

"Revolutions are not made with literature. Revolutions equal gunfire." - Francois Duvalier

"A foreign country can best be understood through its literature." - Simone De Beauvoir

"National literature begins with fables and ends with novels." - Joseph Joubert

"Literature is inexhaustible, with every book a homage to infinity" - Bertrand Russell

"Literature, art, like civilization itself, are only accidents." - Joyce Carol Oates

"Literature is the best way to overcome death." - Ilan Stavans

"Science fiction is the agent provocateur of literature." - Dana Stabenow

"personally I don't trust literature that soothes people's consciences." - Antonio Tabucchi

"Science Fiction is a branch of children's literature." - Thomas M. Disch

"Advances in technology neither impede nor augment literature." - Cynthia Ozick

"Oh! journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read." - Oscar Wilde

"I am the enfant terrible of literature and science." - Samuel Butler (novelist)

"Clemens was sole, incomparable, the Lincoln of our literature." - William Dean Howells

"Literature,like memory,selects only the vivid patches." - T. E. Hulme

"I expected more from literature than from real, naked life." - Gunter Grass

"literature will lose, sunlight will win, don't worry." - Franz Wright

"Literature, like memory, selects only the vivid patches." - T. E. Hulme

"Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life." - Fernando Pessoa

"Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood." - Jane Yolen

"And literature frequently rises to heights that make it international." - Irving Langmuir

"What good is an obscenity trial except to popularize literature?" - Rex Stout

"Personal experience is the basis of all real Literature." - George Henry Lewes

"The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Life without literature is a life reduced to penury." - M H Abrams

"With certain rapturous exceptions, literature is the moral life." - Cynthia Ozick

"If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays." - Ezra Pound

"Holden Caulfield is the best character in literature, period." - Josh Hutcherson

"A woman writer, quitting love before literature when love lets her down, will put literature before love." - Doris Lessing

"No one who loves life can ignore literature, and no one who loves literature can ignore life." - Laura Esquivel

"In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature." - C S Lewis

"Literature got me into this mess and literature is going to have to get me out of it." - Philip Roth

"I have a passion for children's literature. Young adult literature. I love it. I've always loved it." - Gretchen Rubin

"In theory it was, around now, Literature. Susan hated Literature. She'd much prefer to read a good book." - Terry Pratchett

"My life was very Japanese." - Bryan Clay

"Unless it's done superbly, as in the Japanese film Gate of Hell, color can be a very distracting element." - Norman Mclaren

"I'm fascinated by Japanese cuisine." - Eric Ripert

"'Memoirs of a Geisha' is everything you'd expect it to be: beautiful, mesmerizing, tasteful, Japanese. It's just not very hot." - Stephen Hunter

"The Tale of Genji in particular is the highest pinnacle of Japanese literature. Even down to our day there has not been a piece of fiction to compare with it. That such a modern work should have been written in the eleventh century is a miracle, and as a miracle the work is widely known abroad." - Yasunari Kawabata

"I've translated a lot of American literature into Japanese, and I think that what makes a good translator is, above all, a feel for language and also a great affection for the work you're translating. If one of those elements is missing the translation won't be worth much." - Haruki Murakami

"It is true that short forms of poetry have been cultivated in the Far East more than in modern Europe; but in all European literature short forms of poetry are to be found - indeed quite as short as anything in Japanese." - Lafcadio Hearn

"My confidence in the future of literature consists in the knowledge that there are things that only literature can give us, by means specific to it." - Italo Calvino

"Literature is no one's private ground, literature is common ground; let us trespass freely and fearlessly and find our own way for ourselves." - Virginia Woolf

"I conclude now I have no inner resources, because I am heavy bored. Peoples bore me, literature bores me, especially great literature," - John Berryman

"Literature makes history come to life. It is maybe the most accurate depiction of history, especially literature that was written in the time period depicted in the story." - Amy Harmon

"I refuse to see literature as amusement, as a game. I think that you ought not to approach literature without a moral responsibility for every word you write." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Literature bores me, especially great literature" - John Berryman

"As long as the state permits itself to interfere in the affairs of literature, literature has the right to interfere with the affairs of state." - Joseph Brodsky

"Down with unpartisan litterateurs! Down with the superman of literature! Literature must become a part of the general cause of the proletariat." - Vladimir Lenin

"Literature is no one's private ground, literature is common ground; let us trespass freely and fearlessly and find our own way for ourselves." - Virginia Woolf

"I was editing Canadian Literature. I didn't want to let Canadian Literature go, so they reached a nice compromise by which I received half a professor's salary." - George Woodcock

"The Japanese have a word for it. It's Judo - the art of conquering by yielding. The Western equivalent of Judo is, "Yes dear"." - J. P. McEvoy

"We must not again underestimate the Japanese." - Chester W Nimitz

"How could they possibly be Japanese planes?" - Husband E. Kimmel

"I've always been inspired by Japanese style." - Rihanna

"The Japanese are hard to figure out." - Jerry Garcia

"I've always been fascinated by Japanese culture." - Sarah Michelle Gellar

"I guess anime helped me understand the Japanese culture a little better and makes me want to honor certain language nuances that don't always translate to English." - Laura Bailey

"Japanese is a very difficult language." - David Anders

"Japanese food makes me feel particularly good." - David Mitchell

"The Japanese fans always send weird things." - Tom Felton

"Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends." - Alphonse De Lamartine

"Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse." - Philibert Joseph Roux

"No literature is complete until the language it was written in is dead." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Literature stands related to Man as Science stands to Nature; it is his history." - John Henry Newman

"There are vogues and fashions in jurisprudence as in literature and art and dress." - Benjamin Cardozo

"People are discontent; men are troubled; and the literature is excellent." - Andre Maurois

"When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature." - Maya Angelou



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