Reason; as the supreme authority in matters of opinion, belief, or conduct

Category: Literature

“where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people as well.” – Heinrich Heine


“What I have most wanted to do throughout the past ten years is to make political writing into an art. My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a sense of injustice. When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘ I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” – George Orwell, ‘Essays: Why I write’

“One can begin so many things with a new person! – even begin to be a better man.” George Eliot, from Middlemarch.

“The human mind has at no period accepted a moral chaos; and so preposterous a result was not strictly conceivable. But we are frightened at much that is not strictly conceivable.” – George Eliot, from Middlemarch

“I’m not interested in writing short stories. Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.” – Cormac McCarthy

“Only a mediocre person is always at his best” – Somerset Maugham

“My dear, find what you love and let it kill you” – Charles Bukowski

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sounds the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

by Robert Frost

“The things you’re looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book.” – Ray Bradbury, from ‘Fahrenheit 451’

“…like the noise you make to drown out an insupportable thought.” – Martin Amis from ‘Time’s Arrow’