"Only the more rugged mortals should attempt to keep up with current literature."
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"Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books."
"The great standard of literature as to purity and exactness of style is the Bible."
"A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug."
"All literature is political."
"All literature is gossip."
"Speak of the moderns without contempt, and of the ancients without idolatry."
"The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order."
"People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with the bad."
"To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature."
"Only two classes of books are of universal appeal. The very best and the very worst."
"Only those things are beautiful which are inspired by madness and written by reason."
"Literature flourishes best when it is half trade and half an art."
"It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature."
"Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep."
"Literature is analysis after the event."
"Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead."
"A good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on."
"There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity."
"The pure work implies the disappearance of the poet as speaker, who hands over to the words."
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