„Not to know the Bible is, in some ways, to be illiterate, to neglect the very roots of philosophy, art, architecture, literature, poetry and music.“
Source: American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Chapter One: Faith
— Dick Higgins English composer and poet 1938 - 1998
The Origin of Happenings (1976)
Variant: Concrete poetry is a fusion of visual art and poetry.
„Literature is full of examples of remarkable cures through the influence of the imagination, which is only an active phase of faith.“
— William Osler Canadian pathologist, physician, educator, bibliophile, historian, author, cofounder of Johns Hopkins Hospital 1849 - 1919
The Faith that Heals (1910)
— Juan Ramón Jimenéz Spanish poet 1881 - 1958
"Poetry and Literature" (1941), as translated in Selected Writings (1957).
— Gottfried Feder German economist and politician 1883 - 1941
Source: The German State on a National and Socialist Foundation (1923), p. 56
— Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Man-Made World
Source: The Man-Made World
„Poetry is the greatest literature, and pleasure in poetry is the greatest of literary pleasures. It is also the least easy to attain and there are some people who never do attain it.“
— Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon British Liberal statesman 1862 - 1933
„A tough life needs a tough language—and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers—a language powerful enough to say how it is.“
— Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Source: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
„In general, in poetry and literature, I am among those people who believe that too much is indispensable.“
— Yevgeny Yevtushenko Russian poet, film director, teacher 1932 - 2017
New York Times (2 February 1986).
„Sir Walter Scott was the Luther of literature. He reformed and he regenerated. To say that he founded a new school is not saying the whole truth; for there is something narrow in the idea of a school, and his influence has been universal. Indeed, there is no such thing as a school in literature; each great writer is his own original, and "none but himself can be his parallel." We hear of the school of Dryden and of Pope, but where and what are their imitators? Parnassus is the very reverse of Mont Blanc. There the summit is gained by treading closely in the steps of the guides; but in the first, the height is only to be reached by a pathway of our own. The influence of a genius like Scott's is shown by the fresh and new spirit he pours into literature.“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
The Monthly Magazine
„Paradoxically, the simpler poetry is, the more difficult it becomes for a critic to discuss intelligently. Trained to explicate, the critic often loses the ability to evaluate literature outside the critical act. A work is good only in proportion to the richness and complexity of interpretations it provokes.“
— Dana Gioia American writer 1950
"The Anonymity of the Regional Poet: Ted Kooser," from Can Poetry Matter? Essays on Poetry and American Culture (1992)
„The greatest poets never write poetry. The Homers and Shakespeares are not the greatest — they are only the greatest that we can know. And so with Handel among musicians. For the highest poetry, whether in music or literature, is ineffable — it must be felt from one person to another, it cannot be articulated.“
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912), Part XII - The Enfant Terrible of Literature
„The purifying, healing influence of literature, the dissipating of passions by knowledge and the written word, literature as the path to understanding, forgiveness and love, the redeeming might of the word, the literary spirit as the noblest manifestation of the spirit of man, the writer as perfected type, as saint.“
Source: The Magic Mountain (1924), Ch. 7
„According to me, the influence of Sanskrit literature on our time will not be lesser than what was in the 16th century Greece's influence on Renaissance. One day, India's wisdom will flow again on Europe and will totally transform our knowledge and thought.“
preface of his The World as Will and Representation., quoted in Londhe, S. (2008). A tribute to Hinduism: Thoughts and wisdom spanning continents and time about India and her culture. New Delhi: Pragun Publication.
The World as Will and Representation (1819; 1844; 1859)
„The extraordinary stylistic changes of late eighteenth-century music may have provided much of the inspiration for the literature of the turn of the century, but the literary forms that resulted were deeply eccentric. It was these works—paradoxical, anticlassical, often with startlingly unbalanced proportions—which in turn influenced the music of the generation of composers that followed. The most clearly affected by literature and art were Schumann, Berlioz, and Liszt, but neither Mendelssohn nor Chopin remained untouched by literary developments, like the revival of Celtic and medieval poetry, as the overtures of Mendelssohn and the Ballades of Chopin explicitly demonstrate.“
— Charles Rosen American pianist and writer on music 1927 - 2012
Source: The Romantic Generation (1995), Ch. 2 : Fragments
— Christopher Hitchens British American author and journalist 1949 - 2011
„The advice to any young poet is to embrace your freedom and not feel constrained to write in one particular way or only about one particular topic. If they’re Latino poets, I would encourage them not only to read widely, but also to read Latino poetry, to familiarize themselves with their particular tradition within American literature…“
— Francisco Aragón poet 1968
On his advice to Latino poets in “Interview with Francisco Aragón: Latino Poetry From All Its Perspectives” https://www.sampsoniaway.org/literary-voices/2010/09/16/interview-with-francisco-aragon-latino-poetry-from-all-its-perspectives/ in Sampsonia Way (2010 Sept 16)