August 23, 2012

The Art of Literature


Chris Whetzel
"He that is robb'd, not wanting what is stolen,
Let him not know 't, and he 's not robb'd at all.
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- William Shakespeare, Othello (Act III, Sc. III)
Ted Wright
"Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read."
- Mark Twain
James Bennett
"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader - not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon."
- E. L. Doctorow
Maria Corte Maidagan
"Each day had a tranquility a timelessness about it so that you wished it would never end. But then the dark skin of the night would peel off and there would be a fresh day waiting for us glossy and colorful as a child's transfer and with the same tinge of unreality."
- Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals
Gary Kelley
"Each man delights in the work that suits him best."
- Homer, The Odyssey
Kinuko Y Craft
"Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never."
- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
Ricardo Martinez
"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Gregory Manchess
"You see things; and you say: "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say: "Why not?""
- George Bernard Shaw
Bill Sanderson
"I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride."
- Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
Tim Bower
"An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself."
- Charles Dickens
John Mattos
"Some Books leave us free and some Books make us free."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
David Johnson
"I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature."
- John Steinbeck
Yan Nascimbene
"It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her."
- Shirley Jackson, The Lottery and Other Stories
Mark Summers
"Books, the children of the brain."
- Jonathan Swift
Eric Drooker
"Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness."
- Allen Ginsberg
Douglas Smith
"Fiction is the truth inside the lie.""
- Stephen King
Tyler Jacobson
"To the last, I grapple with thee; From Hell's heart, I stab at thee; For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee."
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Jason Seiler
"A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled."
- Raymond Chandler
Kent Barton
"In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed."
- William S. Burroughs
Niklas Asker
"Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity."
- L. Frank Baum
C F Payne
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."
- C. S. Lewis

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