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I have two ideas for novels at the moment,
by Jonathan Coe

I have two ideas for novels at the moment,
neither of them all that conventional,
but I'm not ready to choose between them yet,
let alone settle down to the process of writing.
- Jonathan Coe

You would go mad if you began to speculate about the
impact your novel might have while you were still writing it.
- Jonathan Coe

I'm one of those unlucky people who had a happy childhood.
- Jonathan Coe

But at the same time, I have trouble keeping things out of books,
which is why I don't write short stories because they turn into novels.
- Jonathan Coe

 

But I have always - ever since The Accidental Woman -
written novels about individuals attempting to make
choices in the context of situations over which they have no control.
- Jonathan Coe

Thatcherism has become bigger than she ever was.
- Jonathan Coe

Writers never feel comfortable having labels attached to them,
however accurate they are.
- Jonathan Coe

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Luckily, in my case, I have managed,
by writing,
to do the one thing that I always wanted to do.
- Jonathan Coe

It seems to me that you would have to write a novel on a very small,
intimate scale for it not to become political.
- Jonathan Coe

Contemporary Britain seems an endlessly fascinating place to me -
but if I knew a little bit more about other places,
and other times, maybe it wouldn't.
- Jonathan Coe

My only regret is that I signed away the world rights
and in America they've been far and away my most successful books,
but I never saw a cent from any of it.
- Jonathan Coe

They were written in the early '90s when I was strapped for cash.
- Jonathan Coe

Ah, well, I have no talent for nonfiction,
that's my problem.
- Jonathan Coe

But we are entitled to look for continuity in politics.
- Jonathan Coe

The more melancholy side of my literary personality
is much in tune with BS Johnson's.
- Jonathan Coe

As soon as you start writing about how human beings
interact with each other socially,
you're into politics, aren't you?
- Jonathan Coe

As I said, I had no publisher for What a Carve Up!
while I was writing it, so all we had to live off was
my wife's money and little bits I was picking up for journalism.
- Jonathan Coe

But you can try to read books at the wrong time or for the wrong reasons.
- Jonathan Coe

As the books grew bigger and more ambitious,
the situations in question sometimes became political ones,
and so it became necessary to start painting in the
social background on a scale which eventually became panoramic.
- Jonathan Coe

It's only a drawback in the States, where most people
seem to have no real interest in other countries and
the notion of a novel which might offer insight into
life in the UK doesn't seem to appeal very widely.
- Jonathan Coe

The biggest markets for my books outside the UK are France and Italy,
and those are the two countries where I also have the
closest personal relationships with my translators -
I don't know whether that's a coincidence,
or if there's something to be learned from it.
- Jonathan Coe

I live a perfectly happy and comfortable life in Blair's Britain,
but I can't work up much affection for the culture
we've created for ourselves:
it's too cynical,
too knowing, too ironic, too empty of real value and meaning.
- Jonathan Coe

The writer I feel the most affinity with -
you said you felt my books are 19th century novels,
I think they're 18th century novels -
is Fielding,
Henry Fielding, he's the guy who does it for me.
- Jonathan Coe

I became quite taken over by Johnson's personality
at some points while writing the biography,
and since I went straight on to The Closed Circle afterwards,
I did sometimes feel I could hear him whispering in
my ear while I was working on it.
- Jonathan Coe

I think it's also the case that I'm not as widely travelled,
or as well-educated in history, as most of the other novelists I meet:
so I have to write about my own country,
at the present time, because it's more or less all I know about!
- Jonathan Coe

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis"
is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
- John F. Kennedy

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

To live a satisfying life requires two steps...
1. Plan your life goals.
2. Act on your plan - every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pride comes in two flavors -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pride comes in two flavors -
be careful which you choose -
choose honor, not ego.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Two Great Lessons of Life: Choose Love & Trust God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

A wise man hears one word and understands two.
- Yiddish Proverb

As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands.
One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
- Audrey Hepburn

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth;
not going all the way, and not starting.
- The Buddha

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated;
you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- David Lloyd George

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children
One is roots, the other is wings.
- Hodding Carter

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth
- not going all the way and not starting.
- The Buddha

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- old proverb often attributed to David Lloyd George

Winners must have two things:
definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.
- Anonymous

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

People generally complain about only two things:
when they have less than yesterday,
and when they have less than their neighbor.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW.
- Mary C. Crowley

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

We have two ears and one mouth so that
we can listen twice as much as we speak.
- Epictetus

The meeting of two personalities is
like the contact of two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
- Carl Jung

Friendship is not possible between two women
one of whom is very well dressed.
- Laurie Colwin

Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons
to promote the good and happiness of one another.
- Eustace Budgell

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand - "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra in The Path to Love

A great gift requires two people,
the giver and the receiver.
Think of a football pass -
skillfully catching the pass, the gift,
is fully as important, and difficult, as throwing it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life change comes about in two complementary ways -
the "aha" moment, which occurs in a flash of insight;
and the conscious redesigning of habitual behaviors,
which is a lifelong project.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can make more friends in two months
by becoming interested in other people
than you can in two years by trying
to get other people interested in you.
- Dale Carnegie

This communicating of a man's self to his friend
works two contrary effects;
for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
- Francis Bacon

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
- Aristotle

"I can forgive, but I cannot forget,"
is only another way of saying, I will not forgive.
Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note -
torn in two, and burned up,
so that it never can be shown against one.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
- Mencius

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment
and the other by acts of love. Power based on love
is a thousand times more effective and permanent
then the one derived from fear of punishment.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Prejudice is a two-edged sword.
Like the steel sort of sword, it's very sharp, very useful,
and very dangerous if not properly mastered.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Understanding is a two-way street.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.
- Khalil Gibran

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

Love is a game that two can play and both win.
- Eva Gabor

The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of
you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns,
then your marriage is a gift from the gods.
- Bill Cosby

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
- Aristotle

Love is what makes two people
sit in the middle of a park bench
when there is plenty of room at both ends.
- Anonymous


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