No matter what is happening in life or in the world - war, natural disaster, poor health, pain, the death of loved ones - if existence is filled with art, music and literature, life will be fulfilling, a joy.
Instead of being a page-turner, 'Moby-Dick' is a repository of American history and culture and the essentials of Western literature. The book is so encyclopedic that space aliens could use it to re-create the whale fishery as it once existed on the planet Earth in the midst of the 19th century.
Intimate relationships are a gold mine for literature to explore, to understand, to describe.
A. B. Yehoshua
I am a literary animal. For me, everything ends in literature.
I first encountered Bradbury's writing when I was pretty young. He's a great bridge author between young-adult fiction and literature.
The question of manuscript changes is very important for literary criticism, the psychology of creation and other aspects of the study of literature.
I investigated post-traumatic stress disorder. I've been to a unit where people are suffering from it, and I read a lot of literature. I looked at footage of soldiers in the combat zone. I found 'Restrepo' to be unbelievably useful.
My intention throughout has been to write, to create literature, and to be able to look people in the eye after I'd done it - the people I'd written about.
Karl Ove Knausgaard
As a 13-year-old fan of horror fiction, I hadn't seen too many cities in the literature I loved. It was always small towns, or backwoods locales, or maybe the suburbs.
Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth.
I read recently that the problem with stereotypes isn't that they are inaccurate, but that they're incomplete. And this captures perfectly what I think about contemporary African literature. The problem isn't that it's inaccurate, it's that it's incomplete.
I don't know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.
E. B. White