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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"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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"It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half"
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"It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?"
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"If you were to destroy the belief in immortality in mankind, not only love but every living force on which the continuation of all life in the world depended, would dry up at once"
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"If there is no God, everything is permitted"
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"Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad"
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"Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man"
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"A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about"
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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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"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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