"We really feel, and think, that our little contribution to world literature is worth noticing. ... This was a very poor country — a third-world country — until well into the second, third decade of the 20th century. ... We have no cathedrals to show from the past. We have no paintings. We have no symphonies. We’ve got nothing. ... Literature is the only constant cultural activity that has been going on here throughout the centuries."
Författaren Sjón i National Post om litteraturens betydelse på Island.