Why Literature?

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Literature is important because...

...it's universal.”

– Diana Garcia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

...it teaches people to think, and Larry said so.”

– Christine Ethier, Camden County College

...you enter worlds you never heard of, you meet new characters, and it's there so pick it up!”

– Laurence Lehmann, Camden County College

...we only have one life to live and we can live many through literature.”

– Maryse Jayasuriya, Utep

...it's life.”

– Macarena Urzua, Finis Terrae

...keep reading!”

– Marcy Schwartz, Rutgers University

...it opens the doors to the imagination.”

– Anonymous

...otherwise we all would be walking around with our phone -- if we could read the instructions!”

– Peter Simpson, GMS

...it provides comfort and companionship for children.”

– Anonymous

...it gives us perspective.”

– Anonymous

...it creates sympathy.”

– Will Lombardi, Missouri Valley College

...it teaches you to read between the lines.”

– Anonymous

...it creates empathy.”

– Anonymous

...reading is a break from our over-computerized society.”

– Mary-Anne Vetterling, Regis College

...it opens our minds to imagine ourselves adventuring across the universe.”

– Christina Katapodis

...it was through the stories of others that I found myself.”

– Anonymous

...it helps us not only to think, but also to live.”

– Nicolino ApplausoJames Madison University

...it connects us; it helps us understand ourselves and other people as human.”

– Virigina RaymondAustin TX

...it lets you inhabit other minds.”

– Faye HalpemUniversity of Calgary

...it helps us learn. It is our future.”

– Peter Simpson, Grinnell Middle School, IA

...our stories are there.”

– Sean Chambers, Arcadia University

...ideas shape the world!”

– Jean-Paul Boudreau, Ryerson University

“...it creates empathy! It is entertaining!”

– Lisa Granados, Pasadena City Colleges

...it inspires us to be careful with language.”

– Allen Michie 

...it let us walk in others’ shoes.”

– John P. Murphy, Gettysburg College

...it is the center piece of a heart’s discovered creativity…the work of a mind that stirs with thoughts that cannot be contained…the product of nurtured ideas and proof of growth within one’s being.”

– Jannifer Kibe, University of Texas, Austin

...it forces you to understand your place in the world.”

– Victoria AaronsTrinity University

...without understanding our humanity we’d be stick figures hobbling around.”

– Michael CornettDuke University

...words matter. It is the vicarious emotional experience of others, those different from ourselves.”

– Toby ColeyUniversity of Mary Hardin-Baylor

...it pays my bills.”

– Briallen HopperYale University 

...it’s a slow art in a fast age.”

– Sarah WassermanUniversity of Delaware

...literature lets you travel when you can’t afford to.”

– Susan WhitmerTexas Woman’s University

...je suis paris.”

– Florence R. JurneyGettysburg College

...it extends our empathy and thus our common humanity.”

– Vijay ShahUniversity Press of Mississippi

...it’s an accurate reflection of real life.”

– Paul Schluit

...it’s fun and a joy even when it’s harrowing.”

– Joellyn Clarey

 ...it helps us understand those different from us.”

– Leah MisemerUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison

...it lights my heart.”

– Susana Castillo-RodrigezSaint Anselm College

...one should always know how others are living and thinking.”

– Albert E. Krahn

...all the truths of life are in fiction.”

– Christine De VinneUrsuline College

...it teaches us about ourselves, others and the world.”

– Kaitlin MondelloThe Graduate Center, CUNY

  ...language matters.”

– Melissa DennihyQueensborough Community College, CUNY

...it shows us that life is made up of a tapestry of people, experiences, and events.”

– Regina MillsUniversity of Texas-Austin

...it mitigates the pain and reminds us that we are never alone.”

– Kristin G. KellyUniversity of North Georgia

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