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Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition.

Literature is the immortality of speech.

Literature is the orchestration of platitudes.

Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade: today it is the reverse.

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.

Nothing lives in literature but that which has in it the vitality of creative art; and it would be safe advice to the young to read nothing but what is old.

Oh! Let us never, never doubt What nobody is sure about.

One hears about life all the time from different people with very different narrative gifts.

Other relaxations are peculiar to certain times, places, and stages of life, but the study of letters is the nourishment of our youth, and the joy of our old age. They throw an additional splendor on prosperity, and are the resource and consolation of adversity; they delight at home, and are no embarrassment abroad; in short, they are company to us at night, our fellow travelers on a journey, and attendants in our rural recesses.

Published memoirs indicate the end of a man's activity, and that he acknowledges the end.

Such superiority do the pursuits of literature possess above every other occupation, that even he who attains but a mediocrity in them, merits the pre­eminence above those who excel the most in the common and vulgar professions.

The answers you get from literature depend upon the questions you pose.

The beaten paths of literature lead safeliest to the goal, and the talent pleases us most which submits to shine with new gracefulness through old forms.-Nor is the noblest and most peculiar mind too noble or peculiar for working by prescribed laws.

The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.

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

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read.

The essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything.

The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible.

The literature of a people must spring from the sense of its nationality; and nationality is impossible without self-respect, and self-respect is impossible without liberty.

The llama is a woolly sort of fleecy hairy goat, with an indolent expression and an undulating throat like an unsuccessful literary man.

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