Some Magical Quotes About Literature

The best people to listen to when it comes to the power and magic of literature are authors. Here is a selection of some of their statements:

'The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.'

-Thomas Jefferson

‘The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered—they connect with an audience—or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, it’s twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience.'

-Brent Weeks

'At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book—that string of confused, alien ciphers—shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.'

-Alberto Manguel

'The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.'

-René Descartes

'People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are.'

-G.K. Chesterton

'I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.'

-Emily Dickinson

'That's what literature is. It's the people who went before us, tapping out messages from the past, from beyond the grave, trying to tell us about life and death! Listen to them!'

-Connie Willis

'I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.'

-E.M. Forster