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Literature Teachers Quotes


"Literature usually begets literature." - Susan Sontag

"Literature has always been allegorical." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Kids don't lack capacity, only teachers." - Jim Rohn

"My teachers are Duke Ellington and nature." - Toru Takemitsu

"I was always drawn to teachers who made class interesting. In high school, I enjoyed my American and English literature classes because my teachers, Jeanne Dorsey and Dani Barton, created an environment where interaction was important." - Ellen Ochoa

"I love and care about literature, and great writers are our teachers. You're studying their mind when you read their work." - Natalie Goldberg

"[Science is] the literature of truth." - Josh Billings

"History without politics descends to mere Literature." - John Robert Seeley

"To study history is to study literature." - Robert Aris Willmott

"The classic literature is always modern." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"English literature is a flying fish." - E M Forster

"Where would fashion be without literature?" - Diana Vreeland

"Romantic literature is in effect imaginative lying." - Oscar Wilde

"literature is the record of our discontent." - Virginia Woolf

"Literature, like nobility, runs in the blood." - William Hazlitt

"I read Russian literature a lot." - Mikhail Baryshnikov

"American literature has always been immigrant." - Salman Rushdie

"My master's degree was in English literature." - Sylvia Browne

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

"SF is the literature of the theoretically possible, and F is the literature of the impossible." - Piers Anthony

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

"When our students fail, we, as teachers, too, have failed." - Marva Collins

"Ye great teachers: listen to what you say!" - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Those who know how to think need no teachers." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Deprivation sometimes can be one of the most marvelous teachers." - Michele Bachmann

"Total teachers aren't perfect teachers." - Andy Hargreaves

"The tragedy of education is played in two scenes - incompetent pupils facing competent teachers and incompetent teachers facing competent pupils." - Martin H Fischer

"I'm into books - I love literature, so I toyed with the idea of being an English teacher. I had a fantastic English teacher at school. I think great English teachers make the world go round." - Taron Egerton

"I did have a love for literature that overpowered my hatred of the people who taught it, and I think because I had no respect for the teachers, their attitude didn't poison the writing that I was discovering for myself." - Craig Ferguson

"Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is, you need to talk with children, to teachers, and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early." - Rita Dove

"I'm into books - I love literature, so I toyed with the idea of being an English teacher. I had a fantastic English teacher at school. I think great English teachers make the world go round." - Taron Egerton

"When we seem to have won or lost in terms of certainties, we must, as literature teachers in the classroom, remember such warnings - let literature teach us that there are no certainties, that the process is open, and that it may be altogether salutary that it is so." - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

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

"Literature is a great staff, but a very sorry crutch." - Walter Scott

"The literature of impotence is about to develop beyond measure." - Julien Torma

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

"Real literature, like travel, is always a surprise." - Alison Lurie

"Literature is a bad crutch, but a good walking-stick." - Charles Lamb

"Sadistic literature is not only inhumane. It is anti-human." - Storm Jameson

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

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

"Literature should stand by itself, of itself, and for itself." - Charles Dickens

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

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

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

"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

"We need literature because we wouldn't fully know ourselves without it. We need good literature to be fully human." - Edwidge Danticat

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

"To bring anything really to life in literature we can't be lifelike: we have to be literature-like" - Northrop Frye

"There is no system in the world or any school in the country that is better than its teachers. Teachers are the lifeblood of the success of schools." - Ken Robinson

"Good teachers teach. Great teachers transform." - Queen Rania Of Jordan

"The teachers of our law, and to propose What might improve my knowledge or their own." - John Milton

"It's okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are our teachers - they help us to learn." - John Bradshaw

"Parents are teachers, guides, leaders, protectors and providers for their children." - Iyanla Vanzant

"Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops." - Henry Adams

"Be open to all teachers And all teachings, And listen with your heart." - Ram Dass

"Teachers are the agents through which knowledge and skills are communicated and rules of conduct enforced." - John Dewey

"Books are absent teachers." - Mortimer Adler

"Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges." - Joyce A. Myers

"Instill respect for teachers." - Henry Louis Gates

"Teachers touch the future." - Anonymous

"Don't trust your teachers." - Carlo Rovelli

"I was a naughty kid. Teachers did not like me much." - Kapil Dev

"Great teachers transcend ideology." - Suzanne Fields

"No one is more important to the future of our state than our teachers." - Mike Huckabee

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

"But this is exactly why I read-and don't belong to a book group-because reading is the most individual thing there is. Why collectivize it? Didn't we have enough bad English teachers in school? Crowd sourcing and literature shouldn't mix." - Peter Orner

"In the early 1970s in Atlanta, I attended what had formerly been an all-white school but had become a black school after integration and white flight. Perhaps because of this, the teachers created a curriculum that included a focus on African American literature and history year-round, not just in February." - Natasha Trethewey

"I had the most incredible English and literature teachers in school, and it really influenced my love of storytelling. It's what made me excited to study journalism in college. I love editorials and documentaries. All of that came from being given the opportunity to lose myself in good writing when I was a kid." - Sophia Bush

"If you're trying to learn how to act from a class, you're analyzing the teachers' movements and their intricacies, and it becomes like a pantomime of you wanting to be them, and that's wrong. Literature is an easier way to study acting, because then you can take any kind of spin. It's your own imagination, and your own version of it." - Shia Labeouf

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

"In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature the oldest." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"Literature + Illness = Illness" - Roberto Bolano

"The demand for absolute purity of genres is becoming nowadays an anachronism in literature." - Stanislaw Lem

"Literature is so common a luxury that the age has grown fastidious." - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

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

"Literature illuminates life only for those to whom books are a necessity." - Anthony Powell

"It is the glorious doom of literature that the evil perishes and the good remains." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"Perhaps the truth is that heavy literature blooms in extremes of temperature." - Roy Blount Jr

"Literature is achieved anxiety." - Harold Bloom

"I avoid literature whenever possible, because whenever possible I avoid myself..." - Thomas Bernhard

"Literature is the only access to truth we have on this planet." - Stephen Fry

"I think literature is best when it's voicing what we would prefer not to talk about." - Rick Moody

"Remarks aren't literature." - Gertrude Stein

"A critic is a lug-worm in the liver of literature." - Lawrence Durrell

"There is no room for the impurities of literature in an essay." - Virginia Woolf

"Style, after all, rather than thought, is the immortal thing in literature." - Alexander Smith

"What is a magazine? A small body of Literature entirely surrounded by advertisements." - Carolyn Wells

"A people's literature is the great text-book for real knowledge of them." - Edith Hamilton

"Learning and literature have a way of outlasting the civilization that made them." - Dorothy L Sayers

"A critic at best is a waiter at the great table of literature." - Louis Dudek

"The critic's hankering to be law-giver rather than servant of literature is irrepressible." - Storm Jameson

"All literature is protest." - Richard Wright

"Literature is eavesdropping." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Unlike sciences, literature as art relies on societal acceptance of a certain vocabulary." - Jimenez Lai

"I like European and South American literature, but mostly I read nonfiction." - Jessa Crispin

"You know who the critics are? The men who have failed in literature and art." - Benjamin Disraeli

"That's the great thing about literature - it makes the world less lonely." - Robert Stone

"In science read the newest works, in literature read the oldest." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"Literature is an investment in genius which pays back dividends to all subsequent times." - John Burroughs

"Literature always anticipates life. It doesn't copy it but moulds it to it's purpose." - Oscar Wilde

"Originality in literature is only a new coat of paint on an old house." - Austin O'Malley

"Literature is my Utopia" - Helen Keller

"My weapon is literature" - Chinua Achebe

"Twentieth-century American poetry has been one of the glories of modern literature." - Helen Vendler

"Istanbul is inspiring because it has its own code of architecture, literature, poetry, music." - Christian Louboutin

"There is something very romantic about the orphan figure in American literature." - Christopher Bollen

"There's always been anger in the making of music or literature or dance." - Michael Ondaatje

"Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form." - Toni Morrison

"Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions." - Iris Murdoch

"Children's literature is one of my joys, and it's also my mental comfort food." - Gretchen Rubin

"If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble." - Jeanpaul Sartre

"Remarks are not literature." - Gertrude Stein

"All literature is gossip." - Truman Capote

"I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics." - T S Eliot

"Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature." - T S Eliot

"All literature is political." - Levar Burton

"Literature precedes genre." - Rick Moody

"They believe in teachers unions. We believe in teachers." - Chris Christie

"The most extraordinary thing about a really good teacher is that he or she transcends accepted educational methods. Such methods are designed to help average teachers approximate the performance of good teachers." - Margaret Mead

"There are certain teachers who shouldn't be teachers." - Tenzin Palmo

"Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more." - Bob Talbert

"The sins of teachers are the teachers of sin." - William Gurnall

"I had some good teachers. One of the greatest teachers I've had is bluegrass music: going back and listening to Bill Monroe's music, the Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs. When I was with Ralph Stanley I learned a lot from him." - Ricky Skaggs

"I think that there are some teachers that do a very good job of incorporating culture and history. And there are some teachers who could use a little more help in that area." - Anne Sullivan Macy

"Not all teachers utilize both forms of light.In certain circles, those teachers who can manifest the light of samadhi but not the mystical light have put down the mystical light." - Frederick Lenz

"Literature cannot develop between the categories "permitted"-"not permitted"-"this you can and that you can't." Literature that is not the air of its contemporary society, that dares not warn in time against threatening moral and social dangers, such literature does not deserve the name of literature; it is only a facade. Such literature loses the confidence of its own people, and its published works are used as waste paper instead of being read. -Letter to the Fourth National Congress of Soviet Writers" - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"My teachers could have easily ridden with Jesse James for all the time they stole from me." - Richard Brautigan

"Teachers teach because they care. Teaching young people is what they do best. It requires long hours, patience, and care." - Horace Mann

"Education and the process of educating is a total integral, contextual situation which includes students, teachers, parents, administration and environment." - Jean Houston

"Imparting education not only enlightens the receiver, but also broadens the giver - the teachers, the parents, the friends." - Amartya Sen

"In this very breath that we take now lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us." - Peter Matthiessen

"Enemies were teachers in disguise." - Eiji Yoshikawa

"Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together." - Scott Hayden

"Computers aren't magic; teachers are." - Craig R. Barrett

"Injuries are our best teachers." - Scott Jurek

"Computers are' magic; teachers are." - Craig R. Barrett

"Angry teachers can defeat governments," - Bob Rae

"Our teachers deserve better feedback." - Bill Gates

"Often times the public school teachers are ridiculed or they are made to feel inferior but this is really undeserved." - Peter Agre

"Teachers need to be more inspirational. But it's also up to engineering to make itself more interesting." - Bruce Dickinson

"Meditate on enlightenment. Read the exploits of the great teachers, the great saints. They'll inspire you. Their power is there." - Frederick Lenz

"I definitely felt by the time I got to grad school - which was a great experience - I was like, Whats the difference between the teachers and the students? Why are the teachers teachers if they want to be acting? It didnt make sense to me anymore. Its not like you learn how to set a broken bone and you get the stamp of approval." - Taylor Schilling

"I used to think great teachers inspire you. Now I think I had it wrong. Good teachers inspire you; great teachers show you how to inspire yourself every day of your life. They don't show you their magic. They show you how to make magic of your own." - Alfred Doblin

"As a kid at school, I had a lot of really good teachers and I had a lot of really bad teachers, and I just know how much of an impact those can have on a young child. To be one of the good teachers - I want to have that kind of impact." - Rachel Hurdwood

"We with my husband [Joseph Millar] are often the first reader for one another's work, and we often also have the last word. We trust each other. We have our past working life in common, our recombined families, as well as our life as teachers, and we read much of the same literature and have similar esthetics, so there's a simpatico there. But we do disagree and that can be fruitful, even if it's not so great in the moment." - Dorianne Laux

"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print." - Barbara Tuchman

"An understandable hunger for ... potential clients tempts many [career counseling therapists] to overpromise, like creative writing teachers who, out of greed or sentimentality, sometimes imply that all of their students could one day produce worthwhile literature, rather than frankly acknowledging the troubling truth, anathema to a democratic society, that the great writer, like the contented worker, remains an erratic and anomalous event, ... immune to the methods of factory farming." - Alain De Botton

"The more I read, the less I admire modern theology. the more I study the productions of the new schools of theological teachers, the more I marvel that men and women can be satisfied with such writings. There is a vagueness, a mistiness, a shallowness, an indistinctness, a superficiality, an aimlessness, a hollowness about the literature of the 'broader and kinder systems', as they are called, which to my mind stamps their origin on their face. They are of the earth, earthy." - J C Ryle



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