Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Category: Literature.

The repository contains 13 quotes in the category “Literature.”

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.

President John Adams
1735 — 1826

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.

President Ronald Reagan
1911 — 2004

More people write poetry than read it.

George Carlin
1937 — 2008

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.

Goethe
1749 — 1832

The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation; the two keep pace in their downward tendency.

Goethe
1749 — 1832

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.

Oscar Wilde
1854 — 1900

Poetry is a cart for carrying ideas that are too lame to walk on their own.

Friedrich Nietzsche
1844 — 1900

Historian: An unsuccessful novelist.

H. L. Mencken
1880 — 1956

I have not personally read this book, because, as a journalist, I am too busy writing about it.

Dave Barry
1947 —     

A successful author is equally in danger of the dimunition of his fame whether he continues or ceases to write.

Dr. Johnson
1709 — 1784

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.

Dr. Johnson
1709 — 1784

We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the Complete Works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.

Robert Wilensky

Poetry is very similar to music, only less notes and more words.

Eddie Izzard
1962 —