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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

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

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
Oscar Wilde

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

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
Helen Keller

The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
Jim Rohn
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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

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