Quotation Explorer - 'Novel'

I'm not a lawyer, but I play one in my novel COPYRIGHT. I also play a serial rapist, a drug addict, a teenage boy and lesbian model. - Lori Lesko
People wonder why the novel is the most popular form of literature; people wonder why it is read more than books of science or books of metaphysics. The reason is very simple; it is merely that the novel is more true than they are. - G.K. Chesterton
The battle with the bottle is nothing so novel. - Elvis Costello
I can't imagine a romance novel published today where the hero rapes the heroine and she falls in love with him. - Julia Quinn
If the novel is dead, I'm a necrophiliac. - Tiffany Madison
Film and novel characters are often stereotyped, but racial stereotyping in many novels or films creates & encourages labelling, discrimination & racism. ~ - Angelica Hopes
The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting. - Henry James
Writing a novel is like going a great distance to take a small shit. - Harlan Ellison
I can't understand why a person will take a year to write a novel when he can easily buy one for a few dollars. - Fred Allen
Sometimes just looking into a person's eyes can tell a graphic story and a brilliant novel if you have the ability to turn it into words. - L.L. Caulton
If I could sum it up in 50 words, I wouldn't have needed to write a whole novel about it. - Patrick Rothfuss
I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors to beat it out of me with steel pipes. - Patton Oswalt
[T]he success of every novel -- if it's a novel of action -- depends on the high spots. The thing to do is to say to yourself, "What are my big scenes?" and then get every drop of juice out of them."(Interview, The Paris Review, Issue 64, Winter 1975) - P.G. Wodehouse
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
The average author hawks their books at many events. They are vigilant promoters, waiting for a breakthrough. They do this, or else watch their novel wither away. - Michael J. Kannengieser
Take a scientific fact or theory, add a futuristic or other-worldly setting, stir in an imaginative plot and fascinating characters, and a science fiction novel emerges from the cosmic mix. - Yvonne Coleman
I have just read a long novel by Henry James. Much of it made me think of the priest condemned for a long space to confess nuns. - W.B. Yeats
If you want to find out if someone is a true bookworm or not, give them a thousand page novel and see what happens. - E.A. Bucchianeri
It used to be that a novel would put you among people, tell you a story or stories, give you some sense of what it might be like to see a different cut-out and perspective of the world: as a schoolteacher, an adulteress, the wife of a member of Parliament, an officer, a cockroach. - Michael Hofmann
Beginning a novel is always hard. It feels like going nowhere. I always have to write at least 100 pages that go into the trashcan before it finally begins to work. It's discouraging, but necessary to write those pages. I try to consider them pages -100 to zero of the novel. - Barbara Kingsolver
Almost all great writers have as their motif, more or less disguised, the passage from childhood to maturity, the clash between the thrill of expectation and the disillusioning knowledge of truth. 'Lost Illusion' is the undisclosed title of every novel. - André Maurois
We wish to discuss a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid. (D.N.A.). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biologic interest. - Rosalind Franklin
Our lives are a novel being written. We are its author. Every action we encounter and every person we meet has a role and a place in our ultimate story. It is in our control to decide the level of how, who and what impacts us and how large a role we decide to assign each. - Mark W. Boyer
A novel must be judged on its merits, not on how hard the journey was to write it. - Johnny Rich
Taken together the Internet reads like the grandest character-driven novel humanity has ever known. Not much plot though. - Victor LaValle
Many of us can't go home again, whether home is Seville, Cabo Sur, Nastas, Havana, or Kansas City. Thus, we must recognize that home really lies in the eternal peace, dormant or conscious, that dwells in each human heart... Quote from "Ms. Quixote Goes Country", a truthful novel. - LEVega
‎I was satisfied with haiku until I met you, jar of octopus, cuckoo's cry, 5-7-5, but now I want a russian novel, a 50-page description of you sleeping, another 75 of what you think staring at your window. - Dean Young
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
A prose that is altogether alive demands something of the reader that the ordinary novel reader is not prepared to give. - T.S. Eliot
A novel, though fiction, often speaks to the largest truths. - Mark Rubinstein
The job of the writer is to take a close and uncomfortable look at the world they inhabit, the world we all inhabit, and the job of the novel is to make the corpse stink. - Walter Mosley
I’ve only been to jail a few times, but in several different countries, at that. No, I've only been to jail a few times. But I still claim the ability to write a "serious" novel. - Roman Payne
As a civilian, I know nothing about combat, the Marine Corps experience or modern man's struggle adjusting to peace after war. I only know what's been shared with me; confidences I would never betray, nor use as details in a novel. - Tiffany Madison
I am also an author. Please check out my novel, A Life Worth Dreaming About. - Nicholas Dettmann
Writing a novel is like traveling the universe on foot. - Dennis R. Miller
Akhirnya kumengerti mengapa novel begitu digemari - gmwr
When well told, a story captured the subtle movement of change. If a novel was a map of a country, a story was the bright silver pin that marked the crossroads. - Ann Patchett
A novel is an impression, not an argument; and there the matter must rest. - Thomas Hardy
A novel is a hearty meal, but poems are the Belgian chocolates of the bookshelf. You can pick one and linger over it. Savour the aroma, the taste, the melting texture, the sweet craving it leaves behind! Or you can scoff down as many as you can eat. It’s up to you. - Vicky Arthurs
The most exciting part of writing a novel is when the characters take control of the story - Brandt Legg
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
She was starmetal bones with kaleidoscope eyes. A cracked framework of unique beauty, a patchwork portrait filled with swirling brush strokes, an amalgamation of delicate light and detailed shatter. I could write a novel about the way she breathes. - Hubert Martin
Live your life as a novel with a daring, awesome main character; otherwise you’re just there for comic relief. - Alexandra Bunker
Apollinaire said a poet should be 'of his time.' I say objects of the Digital Age belong in newspapers, not literature. When I read a novel, I don’t want credit cards; I want cash in ducats and gold doubloons. - Roman Payne
I can tell how good a novel is by how it portrays Jesus. - A. Cretan
A good novel begins with a small question and ends with a bigger one. - Paula Fox
I have almost completed a long novel, but it is unpublishable until my death and England's. - E.M. Forster
One Bagatelle, and I’ll raise you a novel, Megan had tweeted back.Writing for tea? Now that would have been a solution for the British empire, Laura returned.Writing for me, Megan had typed.I’ll write you a tea fortune.No deal. I want a novel. September sounds good. - L.L. Barkat
A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization. - Ayn Rand
Being with Demetri wasn’t the absence of pain, it was the added presence of peace, making it easier and easier for that little part of my heart to heal again.--From Pull: A Seaside Novel - Rachel Van Dyken
I wish life were a fiction novel. Then everyone would have to do what I say. - Michelle M. Pillow
This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. - Sid Ziff
You stupid fool, you know very well it's not a short novel, but something longer...A piece of work you've got to buckle down to, that needs peace and concentration. Being able to wake up in the morning and lie in bed for a while. - Iván Mándy
Writing's funny, it's like walking down a hall in the dark looking for the light switch, and suddenly you find it, flip it on, and then you discover the hallway you passed through is papered with the novel you've written. - Jonathan Safran Foer
A novel is no different than graffiti in a bathroom stall, it's just more pretentious. - Christy Leigh Stewart
No one will ever write a horror novel as scary as reading about my symptoms on WebMD. - John Raptor
Escaping Reality One Erotic Romance Novel At a Time. - S.K. Logsdon
A novel is a piece of prose of a certain length with something wrong with it. - Unknown
On these days, I've never felt so hollow. Recollecting the many pieces of me that were lost in past sub-lives. They were the minor characters of my novel life, the sub-plots to the whole story. On these days I was the binding that held the book together, I was not the words. - Hubert Martin
I thought it was a novel.It is.What’s it about??You’ll have to buy it to find out, but it’s got everything: love, death and an amusing dog.This one’s got a recipe for apple crumble, I said.Don’t you love that about the novel? The capaciousness? he said. - Marcel Theroux
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero, but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. It does much more than that, it tells us the truth about its readers; and, oddly enough, it tells us this all the more the more cynical and immoral be the motive of its manufacture. - G.K. Chesterton
Reading a great novel gives the same feeling you have when you fall in love. - Luigina Sgarro
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
Ironically, in life, you sacrifice everything you love in the name of love"~ the motto of the romance novel Cupcakes and Cologne. - Doina Moulin
A badly written novel can always be shortened to a poem. - Gloria D. Gonsalves
The hard part about writing a novel is finishing it. - Ernest Hemingway
Writing a novel is like having a dream. - Haruki Murakami
You never finish writing a novel, you eventually abandon it. - Tom Winton
If you see oppression, violence, injustice and evil deeds, unzip your silence and uncaring indifference, do something and act against all these unethical instances." ~ , an excerpt from my novel, If I Could Tell You - Angelica Hopes
Life is God's Novel. Let Him write it. - -Isaac Bashevis Singer
Life is like a novel. It's filled with suspense. You have no idea what is going to happen until you turn the page. - Sidney Sheldon
Pembalasan paling indah yang sangat pedih adalah lewat novel. - Helvy Tiana Rosa
Cunningham himself said in an interview in Poz that he couldn’t help noticing that as soon as he wrote a novel without a blowjob, they gave him the Pulitzer Prize. - Christopher Bram
A novel is just a story that hasn't yet discovered a way to be brief. - George Saunders
Life is a great novel, discovering your calling is the far better sequel - Carl Henegan
There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. - W. Somerset Maugham
But Moby-Dick is the explanation of America. It’s not just a novel. It is a book of prophecy. It is the book. It is the book of America. - Robert Stone
Write a page a day and you'll have a complete novel in year. - Harry Whittington
Men are mere mortals but their quest for knowledge leads them to the brink of immortality.Excerpt from novel You Can't Escape Love by - Grace Willows
You've got to make an effort to get the details right, because even through someone picks it up and knows it's a novel, they know someone's made it up and they know it's not real, if you make a small mistake they will cease to imaginatively engage with the story. - Sara Sheridan
When life gives you lemons, turn them into a bestselling novel! - Breathless
A good novel is an indivisible sum: every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization. - Ayn Rand
It is usually unbearably painful to read a book by an author who knows way less than you do, unless the book is a novel. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The novel is perhaps the highest art form because it so closely resembles life: it is about human relationships. It's technique, page by page, resembles our technique of living day by day--a way of relating. - Joyce Carol Oates
When I'm really into a novel, I'm seeing the world differently during that time— not just for the hour or so in the day when I get to read. I'm actually walking around in a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism. - Colin Firth
If you read the novel in more than two weeks, you don't read the novel really - Philip Roth
There is a brilliant novel in all of us. Some imagine it…others live it. Authors dwell in an auspicious life by having the ability to fuse the two. - Carl Henegan
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in reading a good novel, must be incredibly stupid - Jane Austen
Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties."(Interview in Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton, 1988) - John Irving
It may be that The Great Gatsby is as perfect, word for word, just in terms of English; but Ulysses is deeper, richer, wider and is comic, whereas The Great Gatsby is a tragic novel. And I think all great art is comic art.() Stephen Fry - video
Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it. - Russel Lynes
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
Novel writing is World Building & Word Weaving (Neil Postman's terms). - J.M. Varner
It's my contention that each book creates its own structure and its own length. I've written three or four slim books. It may be that the next novel is a big one, but I don't know. - Don DeLillo
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
@The darkest and most complex novel in (the Murdoch) series. - Maureen Jennings
You can't really succeed with a novel anyway; they're too big. It's like city planning. You can't plan a perfect city because there's too much going on that you can't take into account. You can, however, write a perfect sentence now and then. I have. - Gore Vidal
I read anything that’s going to be interesting. But you don’t know what it is until you’ve read it. Somewhere in a book on the history of false teeth there’ll be the making of a novel. - Terry Pratchett
But now we live in a time and in a culture when mystery tends to mean something more answerable, it means a crime novel, a thriller, a drama on TV, usually one where we'll find out - and where the whole point of reading it or watching it will be that we will find out - what happened. - Ali Smith
When a woman reads a romance novel, she is putting her own pleasure first. That small act of rebellion is perceived as a threat to the status quo. It’s also why this eternally popular and profitable genre has been scorned, ridiculed and dismissed. - Maya Rodale
There is no right or wrong way to write a novel. Each journey is different for every individual work and for every writer. The first error is never to begin; the second is never to finish. - Don Roff
Don’t ever write a novel unless it hurts like a hot turd coming out - Charles Bukowski
My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky. - Alan Moore
A novel is not, after all, a historical document, but a way to travel through the human heart.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. - W. Somerset Maugham
Isn't post-modernism really one big cover-up for the failure of the French to write a truly interesting novel ever since a sports car ate ? John Leonard - Albert Camus
Ideas are cheap. Writing them into a freakin' 90k word novel is the hard part. - Ellie Ann
The genius of play is that, in playing, we create imaginative new cognitive combinations. And in creating those novel combinations, we find what works.
The lively oral storytelling scene in Scots and Gaelic spills over into the majority English-speaking culture, imbuing it with a strong sense of narrative drive that is essential to the modern novel, screenplay and even non-fiction. - Sara Sheridan
Since I became a novelist I have discovered that I am biased. Either I think a new novel is worse than mine and I don’t like it, or I suspect it is better than my novels and I don’t like it. - Umberto Eco
Writing a novel is agony. - George Orwell
Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights but you can make the whole trip that way. - E.L.Doctorow
I'm on a missionWinning Novel / Screenplay written in HollywoodGoogle for updated info - Fayton Hollington
The places and people in the following stories have been represented accurately to the best of my ability; yet my writing is supposed to be a tale, and as in any historical novel, my own imagination has blended with fact to create poetical reality. - Eric Sloane
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. - Jane Austen
Landscape is to American painting what sex and psychoanalysis are to the American novel. - Robert Hughes
This isn’t Sex and the City, and life isn’t a Nicholas Sparks novel. The best kind of love is one that is calming on the spirit, easy on the heart, fulfilling and completing. - Hope Alcocer
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
My spirit has been around far longer than my soul--I've lived several lifetimes already. And one this novel has been written, I will have lived several more. - Terry A. O'Neal
Drawing and painting is like a quickie in bed. Were as novel writing is a long term relationship, much more fulling. - Tara Dobbs
A suicide makes a fault in a novel, as suicides make a fault in life. - Caleb Crain
To be motivated to write a novel, I need to be unable not to write. - Johnny Rich
I write whenever it suits me. During a creative period I write every day; a novel should not be interrupted. - François Mauriac
Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination. - Janet Frame
The things that the novel does not say are necessarily more numerous than those it does say and only a special halo around what is written can give the illusion that you are reading also what is not written. - Italo Calvino
My political position springs from my being a novelist. In so far as I am concerned, politics and the novel are an indivisible case and I can categorically state that I became politically committed because I am a novelist, not the opposite. - غسان كنفاني
Misunderstanding and distrust—the predominant elements of a novel. Without them, everyone lives happily from beginning. - Carmen DeSousa
When you write a movie, you have a hundred collaborators. But when you write a novel, it's yours. - Sidney Sheldon
I challenge you to make your life the masterpiece you want to paint, the novel you want to read, the day you want to wake to. - Toni Sorenson
A novel is like a dream in which everyone is you. They’re all parts of yourself. - Janet Fitch
There are plenty of bad editors who try to impose their own vision on a book. (…)A good novel editor is invisible. - Terri Windling
Gentle With Them Thar Spurs'—a sequel to 'Riders of the Purple Sau-Sage.' Spurs was the feminist novel of its day…which was Tuesday." —Bats 2015 - Fred Barnett
Talking about ideas for a novel is a bit like showing pictures of the ultrasound if you're pregnant. Until they're out in the world, they can only be wonderful to you. - Clare Boylan
Two questions form the foundation of all novels: "What if?" and "What next?" (A third question, "What now?", is one the author asks himself every 10 minutes or so; but it's more a cry than a question.) Every novel begins with the speculative question, What if "X" happened? That's how you start. - Tom Clancy
Every great novel begins with a single word. One word, followed by another and another and another. Sentences forming paths to that dream. - Pamela Morris
Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood. - William Shakespeare
I have never known a novel that was good enough to be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views. - Edith Wharton
Love a girl and she will give you a story to tell,Love a woman and she will give you a novel to pen... - Dinesh Kumar Biran
A good novel, one which entices the author as much as it beckons the reader. - W.J. Raymond
When I want to read a novel, I write one. - Benjamin Disraeli
The only thing which can tell us about the novel is the novel. - Edwin Muir
Will my future faith be dominated by past demons? Will my unlimited possibilities give way to my limited territory?"Read more in A Daughter's Worth Novel - Michelle Carithers
Much has been made about the death of the novel and the end of literature as it’s seen to be assailed by technology, by the web, by the many and varied new forms of entertainment and culture. I don’t share that pessimism because I think it is one of the great inventions of the human spirit. - Richard Flanagan
Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story. - Daphne du Maurier
Let me tell you one thing about why writers write: had I known the answer to any of these questions I would never have needed to write a novel - Joan Didion
The novel was set in an unspecified near future, because setting a novel in the present in a time of unprecedented technological and social dislocation seemed to me shortsighted.... To write a book set in the present, circa 2013, is to write about the distant past. - Gary Shteyngart
To be alive, to be man alive, to be whole man alive: that is the point. And at its best, the novel, and the novel supremely, can help you. It can help you not to be dead man in life. - D.H. Lawrence
To write a novel, you need an iron butt. - Richard M. Nixon
One of the greatest challenges is not going to the mattresses with someone who criticizes your novel. - Elizabeth Ann Patterson
Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day. - Henry David Thoreau
In writing a novel, when in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns. - Raymond Chandler
Celebrating love, wherever it is found" (). I'm using this sermon title as the essence of my novel - Trevor Dennis
Most times, my mind is just an ongoing, present-tense, first-person monologue. It's like I'm writing a novel, constantly, but only in my brain. - Andrew Shaffer
Good novel are written by people who are not frightened. - George Orwell
You know what I did after I wrote my first novel? I shut up and wrote twenty-three more."("The Castle") - Michael Connelly
Be careful what you tell me. You could end up in my next novel. - P.C. Zick
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. - G. K. Chesterton
I am really Chloe Anthony Wofford. That's who I am. I have been writing under this other person's name. I write some things now as Chloe Wofford, private things. I regret having called myself when I published my first novel, The Bluest Eye. - Toni Morrison
A story that is more interesting than any novel written by Nicolas Spark; a relationship that has more emotions than any movie made by Karan Johar; and a drama that is more exciting than any TV show...this what we have in our 15 years of marriage and 19 years of togetherness (?)... - Sandhya Jane
Build your novel one word at a time. Remember that minutes = novels. - Mercedes M. Yardley
How does a poor country defeat rich ones? Indeed, the answer is not by acquiring wealth in the sense that France has it. Meaning vineyards, farms, peasants, cows? But rather to play a sort of trick and redefine wealth to mean something novel. Currency! Indeed. - Neal Stephenson
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae. - Kurt Vonnegut
The novel we sit down to write, and the one we end up writing may be very different, just as the Jesus we grasp and the Jesus who grasps us may also differ. - Madeleine L'Engle
The novel remains for me one of the few forms...where we can describe, step by step, minute by minute, our not altogether unpleasant struggle to put ourselves into a viable and devout relationship to our beloved and mistaken world. - John Cheever
Richard Wright, a Mississippi-born negro, has written a blinding and corrosive study in hate. It is a novel entitled "Native Son". - David L. Cohn
While we read a novel, we are insane—bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren't there, we hear their voices... Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed. - Ursula K. Le Guin
You have to wait for your mind to catch up with whatever it is it’s working on; then you can write a novel. - James M. Cain
You are about to begin reading 's new novel, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. …Tell the others right away, "No, I don't want to watch TV!… I'm reading! I don't want to be disturbed! - Italo Calvino
As far as I can tell, a young-adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read. - Stephen Colbert
A novel is a writer's rant disguised as entertainment... - James Minter
I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel? - Irwin Shaw
A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film. - Lorrie Moore
Do not start me on The Da Vinci Code ... a novel so bad that it gives bad novels a bad name."(Discussion at Woodruff Auditorium in Lawrence, KS; October 7, 2005.) - Salman Rushdie
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