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There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity. - Mario Vargas Llosa


Although our productions have afforded more extensive and unaffected pleasure than those of any other literary corporation in the world, no species of composition has been so much decried. 'And what are you reading, Miss?' 'Oh! it is only a novel!' - Jane Austen


In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it. - George Bernard Shaw


Poetry comes with anger, hunger and dismay; it does not often visit groups of citizens sitting down to be literary together, and would appal them if it did. - Christopher Darlington Morley


Plagiarism: A literary coincidence compounded of a discreditable priority and an honourable subsequence. (The Devil's Dictionary) - Ambrose Bierce


I moved to New England partly because it has a real literary past. The ghosts of Hawthorne and Melville still sit on those green hills. The worship of Mammon is also somewhat lessened there by the spirit of irony. I don't get hay fever in New England either. - John Updike


It is quite impossible to come to an objective assessment of, literary or artistic value. Since ratiocination has little to do with esthetics, the fabled 'reasonable man' would have to be replaced with, the 'man of tolerably good taste,' a description that betrays the lack of an ascertainable standard. Just as there is no use arguing about taste, there is no use litigating about it. - Antonin Scalia


A literary movement consists of five or six people who live in the same town and hate each other cordially. - George Moore