"Literature, the most seductive, the most deceiving, the most dangerous of professions."
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"Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions."
"Literature is news that stays news."
"If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays."
"Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree."
"The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity."
"Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money."
"There can be no literary equivalent to truth."
"If literature isn't everything, it's not worth a single hour of someone's trouble."
"Literature is the immortality of speech."
"Leisure without literature is death and burial alive."
"Perversity is the muse of modern literature."
"Remarks are not literature."
"How has the human spirit ever survived the terrific literature with which it has had to contend?"
"As life grows more terrible, its literature grows more terrible."
"The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure"
"Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning."
"A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else."
"Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?"
"No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist."
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