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“The trouble with radicals is that they only read radical literature, and the trouble with conservatives is that they don't read anything”
Thomas Nixon Carver
“We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion.”
“It wasn't until the Nobel Prize that they really thawed out. They couldn't understand my books, but they could understand $30,000.”
“The one and only substitute for experience which we have not ourselves had is art, literature”
“The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
“In our day the conventional element in literature is elaborately disguised by a law of copyright pretending that every work of art is an invention distinctive enough to be patented.”
“Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.”
A. E. Housman
“While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living”
“Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself”
“My mother, Southern to the bone, once told me, "All Southern literature can be summed up in these words: 'On the night the hogs ate Willie, Mama died when she heard what Daddy did to sister”
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