My ten favorite quotes to put literature in its proper place

What good is a writer if he can’t destroy literature?
Julio Cortázar

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.
Richard Dawkins

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
Anton Chekhov

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
Ezra Pound

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.
Tom Baker

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.
Tom Hanks

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.
Victor Hugo

Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.
Christopher Hitchens

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
Charles Dickens

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