A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, art, literature, spirit, personality, thinking, mind, intellect, life, and psyche

How infinitely happier and more grateful is the whole personality or spirit when it finds something nourishing in art or writing or thinking, than the mere mind or intellect is:  the kinship you celebrate in these personalities is your own dismembered Orpheus stumbling across another fine organ to rejoin to itself.  I put it this way:  aristic psyche loves itself enough to chasten itself, to put itself through boot camp for the sake of being competent for life, alive to life.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Sherman Alexie on literature, enjambment, assonance, alliteration, and self-importance

Let us now celebrate the literary allusion.
Let us now celebrate the trope and willful
enjambment. Let us now celebrate
the assonance and alliteration of all of it.
Let us now celebrate the sound of our own voices.

Sherman Alexie

Source: One Stick Song, Pages: 31

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A Quote by Edward Paul Abbey on literature, reading, specialization, balance, life, and intellectualism

Literature, like anything else, can become a wearisome business if you make a lifetime specialty of it. A healthy, wholesome man would no more spend his entire life reading great books than he would packing cookies for Nabisco.

Edward Abbey (1927 - 1989)

Source: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in Deserto): Notes from a Secret Journal, Pages: 55

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A Quote by Henry Miller on henry miller and literature

What is not in the open street is false, derived, that is to say, literature.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Source: Black Spring

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A Quote by Walter Benjamin on literature and writing

Literature tells very little to those who understand it.

Walter Benjamin (1892 - 1940)

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A Quote by Zora Neale Hurston, Phd on love, life, american south, florida, janie crawford, tea cake, eatonville, america, 1930s, black america, african diaspora, literature, classics, english, and books

"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly. ..."

Zora Neale Hurston (1903 - 1960)

Source: Opening paragraphs, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937, in print)

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A Quote by Sol Luckman on literature, beginners luke, sol luckman, critics, immortality, organic, experience, complexity, transcendence, mundane origins, alchemy, alchemist, gold, base metals, and transmutation

Literature, at its best, and despite the recent attempts of critics, can never be murdered and dissected, as it’s an immortal yet organic thing, drawing on the richness and complexity of Experience yet somehow managing to transcend its mundane origins like an alchemist transmuting base metals.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 9

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A Quote by Sol Luckman on beginners luke, sol luckman, literary movement, literature, writing, novel, literary theory, literary criticism, ars poetica, inspiration, and humor

Let’s begin a new literary movement. I don’t care what we call it. Let’s start writing novels for people who don't like novels. Because these days who can blame them? You can please all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you can’t please all the people all the time. So let’s at least please ourselves.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 10

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A Quote by Sol Luckman on theory, literary theory, criticism, soul, literature, beginners luke, sol luckman, art, science, writing, writer, prose, fiction, knowledge, postmodernism, and novel

Theory does everything in its power to remove the living soul of literature, tear its heart out, make of the study of Art a hard-edged Science. Never mind that Art is as far removed from measurement as Science is from love. As writers confronting theory, it’s incumbent on us not to let our prose dry up in that desert, but to allow it to become a desert rose, our prose, flourishing in the heat and sands of what passes for knowledge.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 8

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on literature

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.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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