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Franz Kafka
A book must be an iceaxe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.

Ezra Pound
The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity.

Terry Eagleton
Literature transforms and intensifies ordinary language, deviates systematically from everyday speech. If you approach me at a bus stop and murmur Thou still unravished bride of quietness, then I am instantly aware that I am in the presence of the literary.

Sir Arthur Helps
Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.

Mortimer Adler
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you.

Edward P. Morgan
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy.

Iris Murdoch
Literature could be said to be a sort of disciplined technique for arousing certain emotions.

Octavio Paz
Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history.

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