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Definition of Literature

Literature

  1. Learning; acquaintance with letters or books.
  2. The collective body of literary productions, embracing the entire results of knowledge and fancy preserved in writing; also, the whole body of literary productions or writings upon a given subject, or in reference to a particular science or branch of knowledge, or of a given country or period; as, the literature of Biblical criticism; the literature of chemistry.
  3. The class of writings distinguished for beauty of style or expression, as poetry, essays, or history, in distinction from scientific treatises and works which contain positive knowledge; belles-lettres.
  4. The occupation, profession, or business of doing literary work.

Literature Quotations

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
C. S. Lewis

Religion is part of the human make-up. It's also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.
Christopher Hitchens

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
C. S. Lewis

Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.
Boris Pasternak

Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.
P. T. Barnum
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Literature Translations

literature in Afrikaans is literatuur, letterkunde
literature in Dutch is litteratuur, literatuur, letterkunde
literature in German is Literatur
literature in Hungarian is irodalom
literature in Italian is letteratura
literature in Norwegian is litteratur
literature in Portuguese is literatura
literature in Swedish is lektyr, litteratur