A Quote by John Keats on literature and men

Literary men are . . . a perpetual priesthood.

John Keats (1795 - 1821)

Source: State of German Literature.

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A Quote by John Keats on literature, soul, thinking, and thought

Literature is the Thought of thinking Souls.

John Keats (1795 - 1821)

Source: Sir Walter Scott. London and Westminster Review, 1838.

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A Quote by John Burroughs on genius, investment, and literature

Literature is an investment of genius which pays dividends to all subsequent times.

John Burroughs (1837 - 1921)

Source: Literary Fame

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A Quote by John Sutherland Bonnell, DD on cynicism, endings, home, honor, life, literature, losing, men, people, purity, religion, vitality, women, and youth

When Rome's youth became debased and enervated, when regard was lost for men's honor and women's purity, when the sanctity of the home was violated, when her literature became cynical and debased, her dominion ended. The moral life of any people rises or falls with the vitality or decay of its religious life.

John Bonnell (1893 - 1992)

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A Quote by John, Lord Morley on books, literature, reading, and worth

Books worth reading once are worth reading twice; and what is most important of all, the masterpieces of literature are worth reading a thousand times.

John (1838 - 1923)

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on literature and nations

The decline in literature indicates a decline in the nation. The two keep pace in their downward tendency.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

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A Quote by James Russell Lowell on history, ideas, life, literature, and loyalty

In all literary history there is no such figure as Dante, no such homogeneousness of life and works, such loyalty to ideas, such sublime irrecognition of the unessential.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: Second Series. Dante.

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A Quote by James Earl Jones on ability, achievement, feeling, language, literature, mind, sermons, and sharing

When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.

James Earl Jones (1931 -)

Source: Voices and Silences (1993)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on change, literature, order, and world

You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world. . . .

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by J. D. Salinger on intelligence, literature, reason, stupidity, and theater

I used to think she was quite intelligent, in my stupidity. The reason I did was because she knew quite a lot about the theater and plays and literature and all that stuff. If somebody knows quite a lot about those things, it takes you quite a while to find out whether they're really stupid or not. It tooks me years to find out. . . .

J. D. Salinger

Source: The Catcher in the Rye

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