The Best Novel quotes

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The best novel quotes

1. Sometimes writing a novel is not unlike having a baby. You’d have to ask a female novelist to compare the pain. — Salman Rushdie

2. Writing a full length novel is very much like driving a car with snakes in your pants–you just never know what’s going to happen.––James Scott Bell — Sue Ward Drake, Hear No Evil

3. America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty. I will belong to the select few. — Will Rogers

4. A novel is a bridge from one heart to another.–Anon — Susan McKenzie, Tamisan

5. Everyday she loses a bit more of herself , every day another nail in her coffin house payments medical bills and middle aged isolation — Saira Viola, Jukebox: a stylish London crime novel

6. It’s an imaginative thing we do; it’s about immersing oneself in one’s imagination. If you’re a novelist, you do it with pen and paper. We do it with our bodies. — Rupert Friend

7. Write a novel if you must, but think of money as an unlikely accident. Get your reward out of writing it, and try to be content with that. — Pearl S. Buck

8. I’m mostly a novelist these days, but I have written short stories in Fantasy, Science Fiction and horror. — Sarah Zettel

9. I wouldn’t say that I’m a travel novelist, but rather a novelist who travels–and who uses travel as a background for finding stories of places. — Paul Theroux

10. Possession and loving are concepts that damn each other. — Wilma Stockenström, The Expedition to the Baobab Tree: A Novel

11. The art of the novel is to arrive at that artless point where your characters become more real than yourself. — Norman Mailer

12. In science, as in the playing card experiment, novelty emerges only with difficulty, manifested by resistance, against a background provided by expectation. — Thomas S. Kuhn

13. The people knew what had made them human. It was not their shortcomings, but their hearts. — Vanna Bonta, Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel

14. When a sex tape gets made a star is born with a publicity agent on speed dial a six figure payout and a line of tacky lingerie in the works — Saira Viola, Jukebox: a stylish London crime novel

15. Few novelists can be more scrupulous than Jane Austen as to the phrasing of the thoughts of their characters. — Mary Lascelles

16. Of course Stephen King doesn’t believe in teen novels. I’ve started to suspect he doesn’t even believe in teenagers. — Robin Wasserman

17. Ideology is the light that creates darkness. — Robert Boswell, Century’s Son: A Novel

18. On the whole, I think you should write biographies of those you admire and respect, and novels about human beings who you think are sadly mistaken. — Penelope Fitzgerald

19. But the other Ministers considered that to employ a magician was one thing, novelists were quite another and they would not stoop to it. — Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

20. Don’t be offended if you encounter some good–natured ribbing — the idea ofwriting a novel in a month deserves to be laughed at.

21. After these three novels I gave up writing novels for a time I was dissatisfied with romantic doom, yet didn’t see much way around it. — Nicholas Mosley

22. All monsters have their fits of depression. — Rachilde, Monsieur Venus: A Materialist Novel

23. Then I decided I would spend the summer writing a novel. That would fix a lot of people. — Sylvia Plath

24. Show me a fantasy novel about Chernobyl––there isn’t one! Because reality is more fantastic. — Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

25. A novel is a tricky thing to map. — Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

26. …after you have done everything to please a man and he’s taken his pleasure with you, all you are for him is a whore, and a whore’s daughter. — Pierre Louÿs, Three Naughty French Novels

27. There are plenty of bad editors who try to impose their own vision on a book. (…)A good novel editor is invisible. — Terri Windling

28. He who fears being watched from the abysswill be unable to look into it himself.The truth can only be obtained by pressing forward. — Sadamu Yamashita, Silent Hill 2: The Novel

29. ‘i’ve always had this feeling, ” Henry says, ”that all dogs are really therapy dogs.’ — Meg Donohue, Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found

30. When writing a novel a writer should create living people — people not characters. A character is a caricature.

31. The biggest act of rebellion right now is remaining defiantly hopeful. — Rupert Dreyfus, Prezident Scumbag!: A Sick Bastard Novella

32. As far as the novel is concerned in my own country, I think it’s in a pretty healthy state. — William Golding

33. I used to go to some Harvard parties with my athlete friends, and they would introduce me as ‘Winona, the Indian activist.’ It made me uncomfortable. I felt like a novelty. — Winona Laduke

34. I love the secrecy of writing fiction. When I write a novel, I don’t tell anybody what I’m doing. I’m living in my private world. And it’s a great sensation. — Umberto Eco

35. For me, a paragraph in a novel is a bit like a line in a poem. It has its own shape, its own music, its own integrity. — Paul Auster

36. The novelist’s business is lying. — Ursula K. Le Guin

37. Passionate attraction to someone of the opposite sex will make a hero or a fool of a novelist each time. — Roman Payne, Europa: Limited Time Edition

38. When writing a novel, that’s pretty much entirely what life turns into: ‘House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day. — Neil Gaiman

39. He’d only ever seen her twice, only talked to her once, but as he now gazed upon her, he realized that he’d missed her all day long. — Nicki Elson, Hans & Greta: a Twisted Fairy Tale Novella

40. Writers don’t just create pages in a novel, but depth to worlds that become a safe haven for those who wish to escape the reality of their own. — T.J. Mihaila

41. If you write a novel alone you sit and you weave a little narrative. And it’s O.K., but it’s of no account. — V. S. Naipaul

42. When you’re young, everything carries a twin charge of novelty and infinite possibility — Rosie Thomas, Iris & Ruby

43. The novel is a territory where one does not make assertions; it is a territory of play and of hypotheses. — Milan Kundera

44. Build your novel one word at a time. Remember that minutes = novels. — Mercedes M. Yardley

45. Compromise is low class. I don’t have anything against the poor, but being low class is the root of all evil — Novala Takemoto, Missin’ (Novel)

46. When one starts writing a book, especially a novel, even the humblest person in the world hopes to become Homer. — Umberto Eco

47. The novel is a meditation on existence as seen through the medium of imaginary characters. — Milan Kundera

48. I don’t think you can tell the objective truth about a person. That’s why people write novels. — A. N. Wilson

49. France lost a great novel last night. — Victor Hugo

50. I don’t like novels that end happily. They depress me so much — Oscar Wilde


Novels are an incredible source of inspiration and motivation. They have the power to make us laugh, cry, think, and learn. These quotes about novels remind us why we love them so much and why they are so important. They remind us to appreciate the beauty of the written word and to never stop reading. So go ahead and pick up your favorite novel and get lost in its pages. Enjoy every moment of it and never forget how special it is to be able to experience the stories that books can tell us.

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