What good is a writer if he can’t destroy literature?
It has become almost a cliché to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics.
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.
Gabriel Garcia Márquez
It’s funny, in literature no one ever goes to the lavatory.
But I also think all of the great stories in literature deal with loneliness. Sometimes it’s by way of heartbreak, sometimes it’s by way of injustice, sometimes it’s by way of fate. There’s an infinite number of ways to examine it.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.
Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.