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Test Your Knowledge of Memorable Quotes

Writing and literature inspire both those who create it and those who receive it. Here are a few things writers and poets have said about their art. See if you can match the source to the quote.

1. "Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public."
Winston Churchill
John Grisham
Charles Dickens

2. "I wish critics would judge me as an author, not as a woman."
Charlotte Bronte
George Eliott
Toni Morrison

3. "I write because it gives me the greatest possible artistic pleasure to write. If my work pleases the few I am gratified. As for the mob, I have no desire to be a popular novelist. It is far too easy."
Oscar Wilde
Danielle Steele
John Steinbeck

4. "We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for."
John Keating in Dead Poets Society
J.D. Salinger in The Catcher in the Rye
Sylvia Plath in The Bell Jar

5. "Poetry is life distilled."
Gwendolyn Brooks
William Shakespeare
Walt Whitman

6. "If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."
Emily Dickinson
Jack Kerouac
Anne Sexton

7. "Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Langston Hughes
Willa Cather

8. "Language is fossil poetry."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Robert Frost
William Shakespeare

9. "Advertising is legalized lying."
H.G. Wells
Anne Rice
Arthur Miller

10. "For years I thought of my whole body as an ear."
Maya Angelou
Hunter S. Thompson
Benjamin Franklin

11. "I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me."
Dave Barry
J.K. Rowling

12. "What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing."
Samuel Beckett
F. Scott Fitzgerald


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