|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Literature is the thought of thinking Souls.|
CarlyleEssays. Memoirs of the Life of Scott.
|Literary Men are * * * a perpetual priesthood.|
CarlyleEssays. State of German Literature.
| I made a compact with myself that in my person literature should stand by itself, of itself, and for itself.|
Dickens. Speech at Liverpool Banquet, 1869.
| But, indeed, we prefer books to pounds; and we love manuscripts better than florins; and we prefer small pamphlets to war horses.|
Isaac DIsraeliCuriosities of Literature. Pamphlets.
| Time the great destroyer of other mens happiness, only enlarges the patrimony of literature to its possessor.|
Isaac DIsraeliLiterary Character of Men of Genius. Ch. XXII.
| Literature is an avenue to glory, ever open for those ingenious men who are deprived of honours or of wealth.|
Isaac DIsraeliLiterary Character of Men of Genius. Ch. XXIV.
|Republic of letters.|
Henry FieldingTom Jones. Bk. XIV. Ch. I.
| Our poetry in the eighteenth century was prose; our prose in the seventeenth, poetry.|
J. C. and A. W. HareGuesses at Truth.
| The death of Dr. Hudson is a loss to the republick of letters.|
William KingLetter. Jan. 7, 1719. Same phrase occurs in the Spectator. Commonwealth of letters is used by AddisonSpectator. No. 529. Nov. 6, 1712.
| * * * A man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world.|
MacaulayOn Sir William Temple.
|La république des lettres.|
The republic of letters.
MolièreLe Mariage forcé. Sc. 6. (1664).
| There is first the literature of knowledge, and secondly, the literature of power. The function of the first isto teach; the function of the second isto move, the first is a rudder, the second an oar or a sail. The first speaks to the mere discursive understanding; the second speaks ultimately, it may happen, to the higher understanding or reason, but always through affections of pleasure and sympathy.|
Thomas De QuinceyEssays on the Poets. Alexander Pope.
| La mode daimer Racine passera comme la mode du café.|
The fashion of liking Racine will pass away like that of coffee.
Mme. de SévignéAccording to Voltaire, Letters, Jan. 29, 1690, who connected two remarks of hers to make the phrase; one from a letter March 16, 1679, the other, March 10, 1672. La Harpe reduced the mot to Racine passera comme le café?
|We cultivate literature on a little oat-meal.|
Sydney SmithLady Hollands Memoir. Vol. I. P. 23.
|The great Cham of literature. [Samuel Johnson.]|
SmollettLetter to Wilkes, March 16, 1759.