The duty of literature is to note

The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light.  If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.  ~Anatole FranceCUL

The test of real literature is that

The test of real literature is that it will bear repetition.  We read over the same pages again and again, and always with fresh delight.  ~Samual McChord CrothersCUL