A lawyer without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.
Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)
Source: Guy Mannering. 1815, Chap. xxxvii.
Contributed by: Zaady
Literary intellectuals at one pole-at the other scientists. . . . Between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension.
Sir Charles Percy Snow (1905 - 1980)
Source: The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution, 1959
Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead. Address in Stockholm on receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature, December 12, 1930.
Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951)
Source: Title of address: The American Fear of Literature.
Leisure without literature is death, or rather the burial of a living man -Otium sine litteris mors est et hominis vivi sepultura
Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)
Source: Epistualae morales LXXXII.3
A few hints as to literary craftsmanship may be useful to budding historians. First and foremost, get writing!
Samuel Eliot Morison (1887 - 1976)
Source: History as a Literary Art. Old South Leaflets, 1946
Every man's work, whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else, is always a portrait of himself.
Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)
Source: The Way of All Flesh, ch. 14.
In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
S. I. Hayakawa (1906 - 1992)
Studying literature at Harvard is like learning about women at the Mayo clinic.
Literature is the question minus the answer.
Roland Barthes (1915 - 1980)
Literature is without proofs. By which it must be understood that it cannot prove, not only what it says, but even that it is worth the trouble of saying it.
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