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C. S. Forester Quotes

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Novel writing is far and away the most exhausting work I know.
- C. S. Forester

Novel writing wrecks homes.
- C. S. Forester

Perhaps that suspicion of fraud enhances the flavor.
- C. S. Forester

The fools ran after me and I ran after the whores,
foolish though I realized such a proceeding to be.
- C. S. Forester

 

There is no other way of writing a novel than to begin
at the beginning at to continue to the end.
- C. S. Forester

A whim, a passing mood, readily induces the novelist
to move hearth and home elsewhere.
He can always plead work as an excuse to get him out
of the clutches of bothersome hosts.
- C. S. Forester

The work is with me when I wake up in the morning;
it is with me while I eat my breakfast in bed and run through the newspaper,
while I shave and bathe and dress.
- C. S. Forester

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There is still need to think and plan,
but on a different scale, and along different lines.
- C. S. Forester

The doctor who applied a stethoscope to my heart was not satisfied.
I was told to get my papers with the clerk in the outer hall.
I was medically rejected.
- C. S. Forester

I must be like the princess who felt the pea through seven mattresses;
each book is a pea.
- C. S. Forester

The material came bubbling up inside like a geyser or an oil gusher.
It streamed up of its own accord, down my arm and out
of my fountain pen in a torrent of six thousand words a day.
- C. S. Forester

They managed to find time...
to tell me that there was no chance of my being accepted
for service and that really I should be surprised to still be alive.
- C. S. Forester

I have heard of novels started in the middle,
at the end, written in patches to be joined together later,
but I have never felt the slightest desire to do this.
- C. S. Forester

I formed a resolution to never write a word I did not want to write;
to think only of my own tastes and ideals,
without a thought of those of editors or publishers.
- C. S. Forester

When I die there may be a paragraph or two in the newspapers.
My name will linger in the British Museum Reading Room
catalogue for a space at the head of a long list of
books for which no one will ever ask.
- C. S. Forester

With two people and luggage on board she draws four inches of water.
Two canoe paddles will move her along at a speed reasonable
enough in moderate currents.
- C. S. Forester

A man who writes for a living does not have to go anywhere in particular,
and he could rarely afford to if he wanted.
- C. S. Forester

Everything was in stark and dreadful contrast with
the trivial crises and counterfeit emotions of Hollywood,
and I returned to England deeply moved and emotionally worn out.
- C. S. Forester

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

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

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

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

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

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

Living in an entirely different physical as well as biotic environment,
such a population would have unique opportunities to
enter new niches and to select novel adaptive pathways.
- Ernst Mayr

If you're writing a novel, you're in a room for three or four years.
There's not much coming in from the outside.
- Mordecai Richler

I got this idea of doing a really serious big work-it
would be precisely like a novel,
with a single difference: Every word of it would be
true from beginning to end.
- Truman Capote

But I always seem to finish a book and then think,
oh God, I've got to pay a tax bill, so I'd better write a novel,
so I tend not to stop and learn word processing.
- Jilly Cooper

I knew I'd have to go to work in real estate or something
else or I could never finish my novel.
- Judith Rossner

Anyway, several rewrites later, Del Rey Books did publish my first novel,
and it did become the first work of fiction on the
New York Times trade paperback bestseller list.
- Terry Brooks

Writing a novel without being asked seems a bit like
having a baby when you have nowhere to live.
- Lucy Ellman

The novel is not so much a literary genre,
but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers.
- Jose Saramago

It would be easier to write a novel without reader input,
but I feel the fiction is richer for it.
- Piers Anthony

There's never a false note in a Berg novel.
- Augusten Burroughs

The most important basis of any novel is wanting to be someone else,
and this means creating a character.
- Antonio Tabucchi

The building of the architecture of a novel -
the craft of it -
is something I never tire of.
- John Irving

I wanted to write a novel.
At 12 I knew, I am a writer.
I said it to nobody.
- Peter Bichsel

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

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

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

I had the notion that I wanted to write the great dirty American novel,
so I went to Roanoke College on the GI Bill.
- Tom T. Hall

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've always wondered why there isn't a great French
novel about the German occupation.
The nouveau roman authors weren't interested in telling that sort of thing.
- Manuel Puig

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero;
but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Oh, that sound? I'm in the hot tub, reading a novel.
- Jane Smiley

Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience,
of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.
- Eudora Welty

A novel is a static thing that one moves through;
a play is a dynamic thing that moves past one.
- Kenneth Tynan

I started a second novel seven times and I had to throw them away.
- Amy Tan

The film of tomorrow appears to me as even more personal
than an individual and autobiographical novel,
like a confession, or a diary.
- Francois Truffaut

It is the test of a novel writer's art that he conceal his snake-in-the-grass;
but the reader may be sure that it is always there.
- Anthony Trollope

The first sentence of every novel should be:
Trust me,
this will take time but there is order here,
very faint, very human.
Meander if you want to get to town.
- Michael Ondaatje

The theory of founder effects does not explain how
novel features like plumage traits arise.
- Peter R. Grant

No novel is a clone of any preceding one,
though with a background cast of characters and things
that has grown to thousands,
there are many familiar aspects.
- Piers Anthony

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

Jane Austen is at the end of the line that begins with Samuel Richardson,
which takes wonder and magic out of the novel,
treats not the past but the present.
- Leslie Fiedler

The process of rewriting is enjoyable,
because you're not in that existential panic when you
don't have a novel at all.
- Rose Tremain

You are - all your experience just kind of accumulates,
and the novel takes a richness of its own simply because
it has the weight of all those years that one's put into it.
- Donna Tartt

The novel is always pop art, and the novel is always dying.
That's the only way it stays alive.
It does really die.
I've been thinking about that a lot.
- Leslie Fiedler

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

You can be interested in a Jane Smiley novel whether
or not anyone says a word.
She enters into her characters' thoughts with great understanding and depth.
- Richard Russo

If I had to rank my skills, I have a long way to go
before I can write a good graphic novel.
- Ted Rall

I have nothing revolutionary or even novel to offer.
- Samuel E. Morison

The novel doesn't come into existence until certain
methods of reproducing fiction come along.
- Leslie Fiedler

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

If I had a plot that was all set in advance,
why would I want go through the agony of writing the
novel? A novel is a kind of exploration and discovery,
for me at any rate.
- Chaim Potok

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

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

A novel is often a longer process in handling self-doubt.
- Robert Sheckley

Watergate is an immensely complicated scandal with
a cast of characters as varied as a Tolstoy novel.
- Bob Woodward


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