Literature Quotes

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No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

Robert Frost

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You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

Ray Bradbury

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There are lots of things in life that are like riding a bike, but writing short stories isn't one of them. You can forget how.

Stephen King

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I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worries and only half the royalties.

Agatha Christie

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Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.

Zelda Fitzgerald

If you can sing of nothing better
than your own joy or broken heart,
the world can do without your singing:
keep out, where you can have no part!

Sándor Petőfi

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There are only about five really good stories, and writers just tell them over and over, with different characters.

Stephen King

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If there is any one thing I love about writing more than the rest, it's that sudden flash of insight when you see how everything connects.

Stephen King

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Children and lunatics cut what the poet patiently spends his life in trying to untie.

Jean Cocteau

In a manner of speaking, the poem is its own knower, neither poet nor reader knowing anything that the poem says apart from the words of the poem.

Allen Tate

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Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth, by calling imagination to the help of reason.

Samuel Johnson

I would rather be remembered by a song than by a victory.

Alexander Smith

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Poetry is not a civilizer, rather the reverse, for great poetry appeals to the most primitive instincts.

Robinson Jeffers

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Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting.

Robert Frost

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