The Literature Matters Hub

What difference does literature make to the world and to people’s lives? This Hub offers a searchable library of quotations, comments, arguments, evidence and ideas about the value of great writing. You are welcome to send us your own submissions. We hope the Hub will grow as an enjoyable, fascinating and helpful resource. If the Hub helps you in making the case for literature, please let us know.

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When I think about how I understand my role as citizen, setting aside being president, and the most important set of understandings that I bring to that position of citizen, the most important stuff I’ve learned, I think I’ve learned from novels. It has to do with empathy. It has to do with being comfortable with the notion that the world is complicated and full of greys, but there’s still truth there to be found, and that you have to strive for that and work for that. And the notion that it’s possible to connect with some[one] else even though they’re very different from you. Barack Obama
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