1. Read the quote (that's a no brainer!)
2. Find key word(s)
3. Interpret the quote in your OWN words
4. Agree or disagree with the quote and explain
"In literature, evil often triumphs, but never conquers."
"Good people... are good because they've come to wisdom through failure."
"All literature is protest. You can't name a single literary work that isn't protest."
"The bravest of individuals is the one who obeys his or her conscience."
"Knowing about the life and times of an author is irrelevant to appreciating the full meaning of a literary work."
"A work of literature must provide more than factual accuracy or vivid physical reality... it must tell us more than we already know."
"Good literature appeals to our intelligence and imagination, not merely our curiosity."
"A writer should aim to reach all levels of society and as many levels of thought as possible, avoiding democratic prejudice as much as intellectual snobbery."
"If the literature we are reading does not wake us, then why do we read it? A literary work must be an ice-axe to break the frozen sea inside us."
"I am interested in making a good case for distortion because I am coming to believe that is the only way to make people see."
"A work of literature is limited by the dominant attitudes and ideas of the period in which it is written."
"If literature is nebulous or inexact, this inexactness is the price literature pays for representing whole human beings and for embodying whole human feelings."
"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." ~George Orwell
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” ~Philip K. Dick
“Humankind cannot stand very much reality.” –TS Eliot
"Reality is the only word in the English language that should always be used in quotes.”
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.” –Jules de Gaultier
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” ~Soren Kierkegaard
“The purpose of the writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” ~ Bernard Malamud
"This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper." ~TS Eliot
“History repeats itself; that's one of the things that's wrong with history.” ~Clarence Darrow
“This is not the end. This is not even the beginning of the end. But, it is, perhaps the end of the beginning.”~ Winston Churchill
“When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers therefore are the founders of human civilization.” ~Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
"The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill." – Barbara Tuchman
“The world is beautiful, but has a disease called man." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
“The ultimate security is your understanding of reality.” ~H. Stanly Judd
“The real hero is always a hero by mistake…” ~Umberto Eco
“…it is the human lot to try and fail...” ~David Mamet
“Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right using of strength….” ~Henry Ward Beecher
“For what does it mean to be a hero? It requires you to be prepared to deal with forces larger than yourself.” ~Norman Mailer
“To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.” ~Bernadette Devlin
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
"All that is literature seeks to communicate power...” ~Thomas De Quincey