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It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
~ Aldous Huxley

 

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Jesus of Nazareth could have chosen simply to express Himself in moral precepts; but like a great poet He chose the form of the parable, wonderful short stories that entertained and clothed the moral precept in an eternal form. It is not sufficient to catch man's mind, you must also catch the imaginative faculties of his mind.
~ Dudley Nichols

 

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

 

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Novelists are perhaps the last people in the world to be entrusted with opinions. The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly. A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although he may be permitted to be an intellectual.
~ Anthony Burgess

 

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Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.
~ William Golding

 

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Novels are longer than life.
~ Natalie Clifford Barney

 

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Novels as dull as dishwater, with the grease of random sentiments floating on top.
~ Italo Calvino

 

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Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.
~ Virginia Woolf

 

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One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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Our interest's on the dangerous edge of things. The honest thief, the tender murderer, the superstitious atheist.
~ Robert Browning

 

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Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
~ Mark Twain

 

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Romances I never read like those I have seen.
~ Lord Byron

 

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The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins.
~ Salman Rushdie

 

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The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.
~ Edward M. Forster

 

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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

 

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The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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The narrative impulse is always with us; we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.
~ Robert Coover

 

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The novel does not seek to establish a privileged language but it insists upon the freedom to portray and analyze the struggle between the different contestants for such privileges.
~ Salman Rushdie

 

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

 

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The purpose of a work of fiction is to appeal to the lingering after-effects in the reader's mind as differing from, say, the purpose of oratory or philosophy which respectively leave people in a fighting or thoughtful mood.
~ Anonymous

 

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