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Novel Quotes

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Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
- Henry David Thoreau

Related topics: Wisdom

The novel is born of disillusionment;
the poem,
of despair.
- Jose Bergamin

I always seem to get inspiration and renewed vitality
by contact with this great novel land of yours
which sticks up out of the Atlantic.
- Winston Churchill

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

 

In a novel, on the other hand, you not only have to describe the rooms,
but the clothes, the characters and what they are thinking.
It's a much more in-depth process.
- Sidney Sheldon

In my personal life, I'm a comic novel.
But then, so are we all, because we're human beings.
- Dean Koontz

The only reason for the existence of a novel is that
it does attempt to represent life.
- Henry James

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Our life is a book that writes itself and whose principal
themes sometimes escape us.
We are like characters in a novel who do not always
understand what the author wants of them.
- Julien Green

I could write an entertaining novel about rejection slips,
but I fear it would be overly long.
- Louise Brown

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.
You bring to a novel, anything you read,
all your experience of the world.
You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
- Angela Carter

You use simple brushstrokes in a screenplay for things
over which you would take much greater pains in a novel.
- Richard Russo

The novel is the highest form of human expression so far attained.
Why? Because it is so incapable of the absolute.
- David Herbert Lawrence

When writing a novel a writer should create living people;
people not characters.
A character is a caricature.
- Ernest Hemingway

For me, writing a short story is much,
much harder than writing a novel.
- Lynn Abbey

Cooper wrote a novel which is absolutely indistinguishable from Austen,
completely from a female point of view,
completely English, no sense that he was an American.
- Leslie Fiedler

The thematic, psychological, and cultural concerns
of a writer are more relevant than whatever literary
mode he or she chooses to deal with in any given novel.
- Norman Spinrad

There are hours when I must force the novel out of
my mind and be interested in the children.
- Zane Grey

It was my angry, Dickensian novel, I suppose.
It was cathartic - I expended a lot of frustration on that one.
- Richard Helms

No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something,
while despair is nothing.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author's life.
- Andre Maurois

The novel is the first art form that is an honest-to-god commodity.
That's what makes it different from both high art and folk art.
- Leslie Fiedler

There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.
- Anthony Trollope

I completed my first novel when I was 19 years old.
- Danielle Steel

I don't like to talk about work in progress,
but the novel I'm working on now is definitely not horror.
- Poppy Z. Brite

When you write a movie, you have a hundred collaborators.
But when you write a novel, it's yours.
- Sidney Sheldon

Novel writing wrecks homes.
- C. S. Forester

Writing a novel is not method acting and I find it
easy to step out of it at cocktail hour.
- Bret Easton Ellis

There's no reason you should write any novel quickly.
- John Irving

Good fiction must be entertaining, but what makes fiction special -
and True -
is that the realness of a novel allows it to carry a larger message.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

The person, be it gentleman or lady,
who has not pleasure in a good novel,
must be intolerably stupid.
- Jane Austen

Writing a novel is actually searching for victims.
As I write I keep looking for casualties.
The stories uncover the casualties.
- John Irving

I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after,
which may be something more like this again,
maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction.
- Penelope Lively

I do one Xanth novel a year, because at the moment
that is all that publishers will accept;
they don't want any other type of fiction from me,
so Xanth pays my way.
- Piers Anthony

A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes.
It is innocent, unless found guilty.
A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe.
It is guilty, until found effective.
- Edward Teller

A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
- Stendhal

There are three rules for writing a novel.
Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
- W. Somerset Maugham

I'm working on a new novel, in its 3rd draft,
but it's hard to write while doing 7th Heaven.
- Stephen Collins

Am I worried people will say I'm repeating myself? Sure.
One thought I had was to publish it as a novel but
eventually I just decided to do what I wanted to do.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel

The unfolding of a story is both as exciting and as
difficult for each and every novel I've written,
regardless of time and place.
- Rose Tremain

The crime novel has always been my favourite genre.
- Sara Paretsky

I started writing seriously when I was 18,
wrote my first novel when I was 22, and I've never stopped writing since.
- Sue Grafton

Writing a novel is like making love,
but it's also like having a tooth pulled.
Pleasure and pain.
Sometimes it's like making love while having a tooth pulled.
- Dean Koontz

My favorite period is World War II, and I'm in the
middle of writing my fourth novel set in that era.
- Ken Follett

I spend eight months outlining and researching the
novel before I begin to write a single word of the prose.
- Jeffery Deaver

A novel should be an experience and convey an emotional
truth rather than arguments.
- Joyce Cary

Strangely enough, the first character in Fried Green Tomatoes was the cafe,
and the town.
I think a place can be as much a character in a novel as the people.
- Fannie Flagg

The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is
shocked by the unexpected;
the eye,
on the other hand, tends to be impatient,
craves the novel and is bored by repetition.
- W. H. Auden

If you enjoy math and you write novels,
it's very rare that you'll get a chance to put your math into a novel.
I leapt at the chance.
- Mark Haddon

It's hard being a hostage in somebody else's mouth -
or a character in somebody else's novel.
- David Antin

In course of time my first novel appeared.
It was a love story.
- George Barr McCutcheon

There are no laws for the novel.
There never have been, nor can there ever be.
- Doris Lessing

I sold my very first novel when I was 24 or 25 years old.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Many of my short stories (all unpublished) were horror,
and the novel I'd just finished was horror,
too.
- George Stephen

The most difficult novel I have had to write in terms
of just getting it done was The Vampire Lestat.
It took a year to write.
- Anne Rice

In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody.
- Irwin Shaw

If a theme or idea is too near the surface,
the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.
- Elizabeth Bowen

I did not think much what I was writing them for,
except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in
some less conventional form than straight narrative.
- Nicholas Mosley

Great, big, serious novels always get awards.
If it's a battle between a great, big,
serious novel and a funny novel, the funny novel is doomed.
- Neil Gaiman

The novel, for me, was an accident.
I really don't consider myself a novelist.
- Wole Soyinka

Every journalist has a novel in him,
which is an excellent place for it.
- Russell Lynes

I have often heard that the novel is dead.
But I see novels produced, I don't know how many a week,
in France.
I have the impression it's carrying along quite well.
- Nathalie Sarraute

I shall not be satisfied unless I produce something
which shall for a few days supersede the last fashionable
novel on the tables of young ladies.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.
- George Sand

The best project is one that asks a novel question.
- Walter Gilbert

And it is a folly to try to craft a novel for the screen,
to write a novel with a screen contract in mind.
- Thomas Keneally

A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral.
Knowledge is the novel's only morality.
- Milan Kundera

In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult
part to invent is the end.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Before trying a novel I wrote a couple of plays.
- James Merrill

Among the many problems which beset the novelist,
not the least weighty is the choice of the moment at
which to begin his novel.
- Vita Sackville-West

Today I began the novel that I determined to be great.
- Zane Grey

The impulse of the journalist is to be novel,
yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment;
the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true,
regardless of the moment.
- Daniel Bell


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