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.
The question of manuscript changes is very important for literary criticism, the psychology of creation and other aspects of the study of literature.
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.
Great literature should do some good to the reader: must quicken his perception though dull, and sharpen his discrimination though blunt, and mellow the rawness of his personal opinions.
A. E. Housman
I first encountered Bradbury's writing when I was pretty young. He's a great bridge author between young-adult fiction and literature.
Well documented, the relationship of literature to myth in the Western world has undergone much change over the millennia, as first the age of gods fell away before the notion of a single god, and then, for many people, that single god slipped away, too.
I was an English-literature major, and that's all about stories and narratives.
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.
Writers are historians, too. It is in literature that the greater truths about a people and their past are found.
F. Sionil Jose
If you read literature, you put yourself in somebody else's shoes. You learn from great figures in literature.