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Sad Quotes about Novel

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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

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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

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


 

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

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

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



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

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

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

It's not a good idea to put your wife into a novel;
not your latest wife anyway.
- Norman Mailer

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

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

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

The fire burns as the novel taught it how.
- Wallace Stevens

With this first novel, I am just above the foothills,
but I see the path to the top, and it is my desire
to write compelling stories about everything that I find of interest.
- Guy Johnson

The fundamental purpose of a novel like Count Julian
is to achieve the unity of object and means of representation,
the fusion of treason as scheme and treason as language.
- Juan Goytisolo

Henry Miller wrote novels, but he calls his protagonist Henry,
often Henry Miller, and his books are in this gray
area between memoir and novel.
- Leslie Fiedler

I probably listen to Burn more than any of them,
because it was so new me, so novel.
To see my name on an actual record was such an incredible feeling.
- David Coverdale

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

Every novel generates its own climate,
when you get going.
- Penelope Lively

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

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 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

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

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

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

The novel moves like all the arts.
It's transforming itself all the time.
- Nathalie Sarraute

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

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

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

Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel.
- Andre Maurois

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

The novel is a penetrating study of morals and ethics.
- Bille August

The great American novel has not only already been written,
it has already been rejected.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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

Turning one's novel into a movie script is rather like
making a series of sketches for a painting that has
long ago been finished and framed.
- Vladimir Nabokov

I'm not constrained by being a genre writer.
Any story I can imagine, I can cast as a fantasy novel
and probably get it published.
- Lynn Abbey

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

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

It's my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates
the novel's aesthetic facade.
- Manuel Puig

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

Novel writing wrecks homes.
- C. S. Forester

I am writing my second novel for children for Simon and Schuster.
- Marlee Matlin

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

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 found some time ago that I have to be careful,
while working on a novel, what I read.
- John Sladek

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

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

I can write for a long time on one novel and not get tired.
- Judith Guest

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

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

I don't like jokes in speeches.
I do like wit and humor.
A joke is to humor what pornography is to erotic language in a good novel.
- James Humes

No one knows how to write a novel until it's been written.
- Alice Hoffman

If I'd had more time or been a better writer,
I would have tried to put the same ideas and experiences into a novel.
But I didn't so I slapped it up on the Web.
- Philip Greenspun

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

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

I'm writing a novel about two actresses who go to New York,
because that's what I know about.
One has lost touch with reality, disappears and is picked up by a man.
- Julie Walters

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was thinking about what I wanted to write next,
after my first novel, and had decided that I wanted
to write a story with a lot of strong female characters in it.
- Joan D. Vinge

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

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

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

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

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

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


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