Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
poetry philosphy reading
That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.
company desires longings
Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.
disease Magic childhood
Imaginative literature primarily pleases rather than teaches. It is much easier to be pleased than taught, but much harder to know why one is pleased. Beauty is harder to analyze than truth.
...The first dictionaries were glossaries of Homeric words, intended to help Romans read the Iliad and Odyssey as well as other Greek literature employing the 'archaic' Homeric vocabulary.
Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
Literature is news that stays news.
The aim of literature ... is the creation of a strange object covered with fur which breaks your heart.
There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.
literature Life reading
Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
Literature Forget People
Without literature, life is hell.