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Novel Quotes

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

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

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

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

 

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 don't think anyone has written a great graphic novel.
- Ted Rall

I never discuss a novel while I'm writing it,
for fear that talking about it will diminish my desire to write it.
- Dean Koontz

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The central problem of novel-writing is causality.
- Jorge Luis Borges

There is no better way of elevating the novel than
by making it into a construct which contains ideas.
- Heinrich Mann

What makes literature interesting is that it does not survive its translation.
The characters in a novel are made out of the sentences.
That's what their substance is.
- Jonathan Miller

What's the challenge in writing a novel that few people
will read? I'm more than happy writing what I do and
have no plans to change that.
- Nicholas Sparks

One performs a very different act when reading a movie
and when reading a novel.
Your attention behaves differently.
- Manuel Puig

Landscape is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis
are to the American novel.
- Robert Hughes

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

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

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

No...
a novel is a long business.
I'm a slow writer, even when I'm doing very well I write slowly.
- Octavia Butler

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

I had always said to myself that forty was the cut
off point of my apprenticeship which may for some people
sound like a very long one,
but the novel as art is a middle-aged art.
- Jane Rule

Babylon 5 is probably the biggest, most ambitious television
science fiction series ever made.
It's one big novel told over five years with 110 different stories told within it.
- Bill Mumy

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

A scrupulous man will never produce a great novel.
- Julien Green

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

The suspense of a novel is not only in the reader,
but in the novelist, who is intensely curious about
what will happen to the hero.
- Mary McCarthy

I like shape very much.
A novel has to have shape, and life doesn't have any.
- Jean Rhys

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

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

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

I would recommend the short story form,
which is a lot harder to write since you have to be so careful with words,
until there is plenty of time to doodle through a novel.
- Anne McCaffrey

I don't believe there can be a poetic novel without political consciousness.
I have a strong political conscience.
- Marguerite Young

I love Richard Yates, his work, and the novel,
Revolutionary Road.
It's a devastating novel.
- Michael Chabon

But the first published thing I did was a detective story,
detective novel, and I did that on my own.
- Peter Shaffer

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

Writing a novel is a terrible experience,
during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.
- Flannery O'Connor

Only in a novel are all things given full play.
- David Herbert Lawrence

SOON was the first novel where I used a rough outline.
Usually I have characters and an idea and write as a process of discovery.
Like working without a net.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Reading a novel of a private experience,
very, very different, the nature of it is very different.
- Sydney Pollack

Yes, after some time spent last year on other commitments,
most of them speaking engagements, I am now about halfway
through a novel that I hope will come out in 1998.
- Robert MacNeil

It's no accident that my first novel was called Americana.
This was a private declaration of independence,
a statement of my intention to use the whole picture,
the whole culture.
- Don DeLillo

You're getting everyone's point of view at the same time,
which, for me, is the perfect state for a novel:
a cubist state,
the cubist novel.
- Michael Ondaatje

Well I think after leaving prison, and having written
three diaries about life in prison,
it became a sort of a new challenge to write another novel,
to write a new novel.
- Jeffrey Archer

Novel technologies and ideas that impinge on human
biology and their perceived impact on human values
have renewed strains in the relationship between science and society.
- Paul Berg

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

The hardest novel to write was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.
- Anne Tyler

When I look back over my novels what I find is that
when I think I'm finished with a theme,
I'm generally not.
And usually themes will recur from novel to novel in odd,
new guises.
- Richard Russo

I wrote a novel for my degree, and I'm very happy I
didn't submit that to a publisher.
I sympathize with my professors who had to read it.
- David Eddings

I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors
to beat it out if me with steel pipes.
- Patton Oswalt

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

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

I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel.
What's an unpopular novel?
- Irwin Shaw

I took two years away from making films to write a novel.
- Neil Jordan

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

Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience,
hard work, chastity, and delayed gratification could
be a pretty dull experience.
- Thomas Perry

It takes a lot of energy and a lot of neurosis to write a novel.
If you were really sensible, you'd do something else.
- Lawrence Durrell

If you wrote a novel in South Africa which didn't concern the central issues,
it wouldn't be worth publishing.
- Alan Paton

I still write the occasional short story,
and poked at a novel once, but it's just not what I want to do.
- George Murray

Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have
to make money by writing about it.
I detest them.
- Virginia Woolf

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

When one is writing a novel in the first person,
one must be that person.
- Daphne du Maurier

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

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

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

Well, the research into it affected me.
And the novel, it very much strengthened my faith.
- William Peter Blatty

I see the poem or the novel ending with an open door.
- Michael Ondaatje

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

A novel points out that the world consists entirely of exceptions.
- Joyce Carey

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

A novel is like a gland pill - it nips off the cream
of my hysterics and gets them running on track in a
book where they belong instead of rioting all over my person.
- Dawn Powell


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