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"It is not in vain that man speaks to man. This is the value of literature." - Henry David Thoreau

"As for literature, thefts cannot harm it, while the lapse of ages augments its value" - Marcus Aurelius

"I doubt if anything learnt at school is of more value than great literature learnt by heart." - Richard Livingstone

"I think literature can make familiar the unfamiliar, and the unfamiliar is very much about the dispossessed, and so the value of literature seems to me to go into the stories that not everybody wants to tell." - Colum Mccann

"men have been in charge of according value to literature, and ... they have found the contributions of their own sex immeasurably superior." - Dale Spender

"Literature is well enough, as a time-passer, and for the improvement and general elevation and purification of mankind, but it has no practical value." - Mark Twain

"I hope to be remembered for writing books about social justice that also have enough aesthetic value to endure as works of literature." - Jonathan Kozol

"I believe that by releasing "passing interest/low keepsake-value literature" from the burden of physicality, you are actually releasing the words from their worst liability: the price and inconvenience of actual bookness." - John Hodgman

"English dramatic literature is, of course, dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable that an English reader should measure the value of other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare has already implanted in his mind." - Lytton Strachey

"To subvert is not the aim of literature, its value lies in discovering and revealing what is rarely known, little known, thought to be known but in fact not very well known of the truth of the human world. It would seem that truth is the unassailable and most basic quality of literature." - Gao Xingjian

"We must not inquire too curiously into the absolute value of literature. Enough that it amuses and exercises us. At least it leaves us where we were. It names things, but does not add things." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Literature and the arts are also criticism in a more particular and practical sense. They embody an expository reflection on, a value judgement of, the inheritance and context to which they pertain." - George Steiner

"Unearned increment of value." - John Stuart Mill

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

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

"Literature is the memory of humanity." - Isaac Bashevis Singer

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

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

"Puns are the highest form of literature." - Alfred Hitchcock

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

"Literature is the most beautiful of countries" - Jose Marti

"Science Fiction is the jazz of literature." - David Brin

"Libraries are the wardrobes of literature." - George Dyer

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

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

"Literature ... is the rediscovery of childhood." - Georges Bataille

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

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

"Literature is the garden of wisdom." - James Ellis

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

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

"Literature is the expression of society." - Charles Nodier

"Literature is the immortality of speech." - August Wilhelm von Schlegel

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

"Freedom of speech doesn't guarantee great literature." - Pankaj Mishra

"Proverbs are the literature of reason." - Proverbs

"That great Cham of literature, Samuel Johnson." - Tobias Smollett

"The crown of literature is poetry." - Matthew Arnold

"Romance is the poetry of literature." - Suzanne Curchod

"Literature is the immortality of speech." - August Wilhelm Von Schleg

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

"The crown of literature is poetry." - W Somerset Maugham

"Literature is the orchestration of platitudes." - Thornton Wilder

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

"Literature, of course, is not a contest." - Lorrie Moore

"What we value about music and literature are the moments that they create in our minds when we encounter them." - Stephan Jenkins

"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

"Every experience is of value." - Oscar Wilde

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

"Wherein lies a poet's claim to originality? That he invents his incidents? No. That he was present when his episodes had their birth? No. That he was first to repeat them? No. None of these things has any value. He confers on them their only originality that has any value, and that is his way of telling them." Mark Twain "...every literature, in its main lines, reflects the chief characteristics of the people for whom, and about whom, it is written." - Edith Wharton

"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

"A value is valuable when the value of value is valuable to oneself." - Dayananda Saraswati

"In a general way, the literature of the twentieth century is essentially psychological; and psychology consists of describing states of the soul by displaying them all on the same plane, without any discrimination of value, as though good and evil were external to them, as though the effort toward the good could be absent at any moment from the thought of any man." - Simone Weil

"I know that for every reader who has lost the habit or can't find the time, there are people who've never enjoyed reading and question the value of literature, either as entertainment or education, or believe that a love of books, and of fiction in particular, is sentimental or frivolous." - David Nicholls

"Literature usually begets literature." - Susan Sontag

"It is a doubt whether mankind are most indebted to those who, like Bacon and Butler, dig the gold from the mine of literature, or to those who, like Paley, purify it, stamp it, fix its real value, and give it currency and utility." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Literature deeply stands opposed to the dominant value system-the one that rewards money and power. Writers are on the other side-they make us sympathetic to ideas and feelings that are of deep importance but can't afford airtime in a commercialized, status-consciou s, and cynical world." - Alain De Botton

"It is doubtful whether mankind are most indebted to those who like Bacon and Butler dig the gold from the mine of literature, or to those who, like Paley, purify it, stamp it, fix its real value, and give it currency and utility" - Charles Caleb Colton

"Literature deeply stands opposed to the dominant value system-the one that rewards money and power. Writers are on the other side-they make us sympathetic to ideas and feelings that are of deep importance but ca' afford airtime in a commercialized, status-consciou s, and cynical world." - Alain De Botton

"Why should Cornishmen learn Cornish? There is no money in it, it serves no practical purpose, and the literature is scanty and of no great originality or value. The question is a fair one, the answer is simple. Because they are Cornish." - Henry Jenner

"There is commerciality in storytelling, even in a film or a piece of literature. These things exist. That's why stories came to be: to hold attention and, while you're not looking, you'll get hopefully some nutritional value that the author has been working up. That's narrative; that's passing stuff down." - Shane Carruth

"What I have always found most beautiful in the theatre, in my childhood, and still today, is lustre-a beautiful object, luminous, crystalline, complex, circular, symmetrical. However, I do not absolutely deny the value of dramatic literature. Only, I should like the actors to be mounted on high pattens, to wear masks more expressive than the human face, and to speak through megaphones." - Charles Baudelaire

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

"The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth

"There is only one school of literature - that of talent." - Vladimir Nabokov

"What people value in their books-and thus what they count as literature-really tells you more about them than it does about the book." - Brent Weeks

"Don't think of cost. Think of value." - John Spence

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

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

"Science fiction is the very literature of change." - Frederik Pohl

"Literature is, in fact, the fruit of leisure." - Amelia B. Edwards

"Literature is the voice of the human heart." - Graham Swift

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

"The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink." - T S Eliot

"bad literature of the sort called amusing is spiritual gin." - George Eliot

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

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

"Literature is the opposite of a nuclear bomb." - Arundhati Roy

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

"Literature gives us the great gift of the present moment." - Natalie Goldberg

"I respect Millar: he has raised the price of literature" - Samuel Johnson

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

"To turn events into ideas is the function of literature." - George Santayana

"Adjectives are the sugar of literature and adverbs the salt." - Henry James

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

"Few nations match our rich resource of literature." - Charles Clarke

"Literature exists inside the language. It's made of words." - Amos Oz

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

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

"Oratory is, after all, the prose literature of the savage." - George Saintsbury

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

"Literature is greater than any of us, dammit." - Romain Gary

"Literature has to serve as a moral control of politics." - Yevgeny Yevtushenko

"Secret families are really the bedrock issue of Western literature." - Tayari Jones

"Literature is the stringing together of pictures in words." - Thomas Kinkade

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

"Literature becomes the living memory of a nation." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"The richest author that ever grazed the common of literature." - Samuel Johnson

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

"It is a fact that the classics of Yiddish literature are also the classics of the modern Hebrew literature." - Isaac Bashevis Singer

"Literature speaks the language of the imagination, and the study of literature is supposed to train and improve the imagination." - Northrop Frye

"Only the ephemeral is of lasting value." - Eugene Ionesco

"Labor is the true standard of value." - Abraham Lincoln

"All propositions are of equal value." - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"Knowledge is of more value than gold" - Solomon

"There remains an experience of incomparable value." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Freedom is a possession of inestimable value." - Cicero

"I'm in the business of value judgments ." - Tucker Carlson

"Experience is the thing of supreme value"." - Henry Ford

"Nothing of value comes without being earned." - Michael Jordan

"Every second is of infinite value." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing" - A A Milne

"Utility alone is the cause of value." - Eric Roll, Baron Roll of Ipsden

"Information: the negative reciprocal value of probability." - Claude Elwood Shannon

"History is only a value of relation." - Henry Adams

"Gold is the corpse of value..." - Neal Stephenson

"What is the value of your existence?" - Stephen Evans

"Freedom is a possession of inestimable value." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Information: the negative reciprocal value of probability." - Claude Shannon

"Daily vitamins are of no value." - Michael Specter

"I don't value prizes of any sort." - David Hockney

"Never underestimate the value of cold cash." - Gregory Nunn

"Money is an echo of value." - Bob Burg

"Literature, at least good literature, is science tempered with the blood of art. Like architecture or music." - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"The press is the exclusive literature of the million; to them it is literature, church, and college." - Wendell Phillips

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

"Margaret Atwood was the author who took me out of children's literature and guided me towards adult literature." - Eleanor Catton

"Literature transmits incontrovertible condensed experience... from generation to generation. In this way literature becomes the living memory of a nation." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"South African literature is a literature in bondage. It is a less-than-fully-human literature. It is exactly the kind of literature you would expect people to write from prison." - J M Coetzee

"People value honesty. They value integrity. They value competence and courage and all those kinds of things." - Richard A. Kidd

"There are reviews that are clearly wrong. Dr. Johnson's famous Life of Savage, he's clearly wrong about the value of Savage. But it's one of the great works in English literature. You can learn more about the artistic expression and what the poet does and how to write about art from that than any number of guys who are terrible writers, who have no original ideas, but who say yes, "Hamlet" is a wonderful play. It's a meaningless statement." - Gary Giddins

"Oklahomans value our children and our seniors. Oklahomans value traditions of faith. Oklahomans value our heroes, our veterans. Oklahomans value innovation and the creative arts." - Brad Henry

"Not to say that the process assumes anything of "greater" or "lesser" importance, though: it's just more graphic information. Take the surrealists, for example, or a work by Cage. For me, there's a great value in doing this with literature. There's a certain form of dependence; process and product inform each other, depend on each other. I consider myself a writer who doesn't write with a style, almost. I begin with tension, with a vibe, a character." - Sergio Chejfec

"The value of ourselves is but the value of our melancholy and our disquiet." - Maurice Maeterlinck

"I think we"ve been oversold the value of more and undersold the value of less." - Greg McKeown

"I think we've been oversold the value of more and undersold the value of less." - Greg McKeown

"The value of assets often increases exponentially while the value of your labor only increases incrementally." - Robert Kiyosaki

"Use book value as a starting point to try and establish the value of the enterprise." - Walter Schloss

"When a man realizes the value of his woman, he adds value to himself." - Unknown

"The circulation of capital realizes value, while living labour creates value." - Karl Marx

"Exchange value forms the substance of money, and exchange value is wealth." - Karl Marx

"The circulation of capital realizes value , while living labour creates value ." - Karl Marx

"The value of the work we do is the value we give to it." - Christopher Moore

"The rate of interest acts as a link between income-value and capital-value." - Irving Fisher

"Given the devaluation of literature and of the study of foreign languages per se in the United States, as well as the preponderance of theory over text in graduate literature studies, creative writing programs keep literature courses populated." - Marilyn Hacker

"For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness." - Thomas Bulfinch

"All literature, all philosophical treatises, all the voices of antiquity are full of examples for imitation, which would all lie unseen in darkness without the light of literature.." - Marcus Tullius Cicero



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