Famous quotes by Novelists


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"Good fiction must be entertaining, but what makes fiction special - and True - is that the realness of a novel allows it to carry a larger message"
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"I love inventing worlds and characters and settings and scenarios"
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"When I was a junior camp counselor and it was my job to tell the campers a bedtime story or devotional, I would tell them a rapture story"
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"The theater of the mind is impossible to compete with, and I like the idea that with a few suggestions, each reader forms in his or her own mind what a character or a place looks like"
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"People are scared to death and they're looking for something beyond themselves"
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"Ironically, in today's marketplace successful nonfiction has to be unbelievable, while successful fiction must be believable"
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"Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose"
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"Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it"
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"Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what"
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"I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks"
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"Love means not ever having to say you're sorry"
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"A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea"
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"We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken"
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"To love someone means to see him as God intended him"
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"To live without Hope is to Cease to live"
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"There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it"
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"There are things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind"
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"The soul is healed by being with children"
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"The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness"
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"The formula 'Two and two make five' is not without its attractions"
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"The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month"
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"Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded"
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"Realists do not fear the results of their study"
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"Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!"
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"One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man"
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"Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid"
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"Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death"
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"Man, so long as he remains free, has no more constant and agonizing anxiety than find as quickly as possible someone to worship"
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"Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys"
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"Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it"
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