Novels Quotes

Lauren Oliver

Find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse
Find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.

E.A. Bucchianeri

The show must go on, and so must The Book.

Janet Evanovich

Romance novels are birthday cake and life is often peanut butter and jelly. I think everyone should have lots of delicious romance novels lying around for those times when the peanut butter of life gets stuck to the roof of your mouth.

Michel Houellebecq

Life is painful and disappointing. It is useless, therefore, to write new realistic novels. We generally know where we stand in relation to reality and don’t care to know any more.

Khaled Hosseini

Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.

Neil Gaiman

If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never
If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist.

Kevin Hood

A novel must show how the world truly is, how characters genuinely think, how events actually occur. A novel should somehow reveal the true source of our actions.

Ishmael Reed

No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be anything it wants to be, a vaudeville show, the six o’clock news, the mumblings of wild men saddled by demons.

Flannery O'Connor

Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shocking to the system.

P.G. Wodehouse

It has been well said that an author who expects results from a first novel is in a position similar to that of a man who drops a rose petal down the Grand Canyon of Arizona and listens for the echo.

Lorrie Moore

A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.

Michael Chabon

All novels are sequels; influence is bliss.

Terry Pratchett

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.

Raymond Chandler

In writing a novel, when in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns.

Don DeLillo

When I work, I'm just translating the world around me in what seems to be straightforward terms. For my readers, this is sometimes a vision that's not familiar. But I'm not trying to manipulate reality. This is just what I see and hear.

Cory Doctorow

Novels for me are how I find out what's going on in my own head. And so that's a really useful and indeed critical thing to do when you do as many of these other things as I do.

Yasunari Kawabata

I wonder what the retirement age is in the novel business.

The day you die.

Ghassan Kanafani

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.

Don DeLillo

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.

Natsume Sōseki

The average novel invariably reads like a detective's report. It is drab and tedious because it is never objective.

Sue Monk Kidd

I now understand that writing fiction was a seed planted in my soul, though I would not be ready to grow that seed for a long time.

Mariam Kobras

‎"It almost felt like the dolphin of my heart’s desire playing in the ocean of my life." - on writing

Latif Mercado

Never Let The Roosters Wake You!

E.A. Bucchianeri

If you want to find out if someone is a true bookworm or not, give them a thousand page novel and see what happens.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

When you walk,go different roads that take you nowhere,and see your world.

E.A. Bucchianeri

While art thrives on the blazing colours of scandal, literature blossoms on the dark soil of tragedy.

W.J. Raymond

A good novel, one which entices the author as much as it beckons the reader.

Nikita Dudani

A book is a place where my reality, escapism, hope, despair, love and death lie.

Nikita Dudani

Books have power to bring you glory or doom, it all depends on perception.

Nikita Dudani

My only wish is to be buried with my books.

E.A. Bucchianeri

Free time is a terrible thing to waste. Read a book.

Alessandra Torre

The attraction of reading is that it allows you to live, for a few hours, as someone else - grants you access to their head, their thoughts, their secrets.

E.A. Bucchianeri

What is it about us lady authors and our fascination for the exclamation mark?

Sara Sheridan

Like most little girls, I found the lure of grown-up accessories astonishing - lipstick, perfume, hats and gloves. When I write female characters in my historical novels, getting these details right is vital.

Sara Sheridan

Writers of novels live in a strange world where what's made up is as important as what's real.

Sara Sheridan

In crime books it's possible to chart forensic technology by how well it has to be explained to a reader. In mid-Victorian crime novels fingerprinting has to be explained because it's new. Nowadays it's part of our world and we can simply assume that knowledge if we write about it.

Gary Shteyngart

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.

Eudora Welty

Art, though, is never the voice of a country; it is an even more precious thing, the voice of the individual, doing its best to speak, not comfort of any sort, but truth. And the art that speaks it most unmistakably, most directly, most variously, most fully, is fiction; in particular, the novel.

Walter Dean Myers

All of fiction is truthful. What you create is your own truth and no one can take that away or change it.

E.A. Bucchianeri

There is much to discover that's not on the back cover!

E.A. Bucchianeri

If you cannot judge a book by its cover, surely we should not judge an author by one book alone?

Angeline M. Bishop

I write romance and passion to savour love twice, in the moment and in retrospect.. Angeline
I write romance and passion to savour love twice, in the moment and in retrospect.

Angeline M. Bishop

I write about romance and passion to savour love twice, in the moment and in retrospect.

Kate Inglis

There's a magic to letting a story and its people unfold with witchcraft and late nights and walks in the woods. You don't lead a story. You follow it.

Albert Camus

A novel is never anything but a philosophy expressed in images. And in a good novel the philosophy has disappeared into the images.

Nina Ardianti

Semua orang pernah patah hati. All you have to do is move on.

Anton Chekhov

Ivanov: And this whole romance of ours is commonplace and trite: he lost heart, and he lost his way. She came along, strong and brave in spirit, and gave him an helping hand. That's all very well and plausible in novels, but in life...

Sasha: In life it's the same.

Ivanov: I see you have a fine understanding of life!

E.M. Forster

I have almost completed a long novel, but it is unpublishable until my death and England's.

L.M. Elliott

Poetry, plays, novels, music, they are the cry of the human spirit trying to understand itself and make sense of our world.

Oscar Wilde

The English novels are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed. But one should not be too severe on them. They show a want of knowledge that must be the result of years of study.

Lailah Gifty Akita

I would rather be without money than to be without the book I love to read.

Dawn Kohler

If I would have known I was going to leave my job that day to become a writer, I probably would have planned differently... It didn't come by way of illness per se, accident, or dismissal, but by way of sheer self-mutiny. The self I was born to be, decided to hijack the one I had created.

Mercedes M. Yardley

Build your novel one word at a time. Remember that minutes = novels.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

Express yourself, Express your life, Express the Moment, Live the life.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

When extremists come together extreme things happen.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

Let them Teach,Let them learn,let them pray,for the world is theirs.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

Change the world so that nothing else is changed.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

The Question is actually the answer

Jerril Thomas Abraham

It is in the elements that we found ourselves; even though the elements are not the same today.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

it's not about what to think,it's about how to think.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

Life is something that no one can teach you,You have to learn it.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

Enjoy the tiny unexplainable second. You can learn whatever you want.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

Time is going really faster than you think. That second just passed now, get up, pack the bag, get lost…

Jerril Thomas Abraham

Every time when you think,Think about every first 20 seconds of your best Moments in your life time.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

Even though we all know something,There is a lot more to it.

Jerril Thomas Abraham

In the deep Mysteries of the world, their belong time, still unexplored and to be explored.

Jane Austen

It is only a novel... or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language

Benjamin Disraeli

When I want to read a novel, I write one.

Patrick O'Brian

Sir,’ said Stephen, ‘I read novels with the utmost pertinacity. I look upon them-I look upon good novels-as a very valuable part of literature, conveying more exact and finely-distinguished knowledge of the human heart and mind than almost any other, with greater breadth and depth and fewer constraints.

Oscar Wilde

What are American dry-goods? asked the duchess, raising her large hands in wonder and accentuating the verb.

American novels, answered Lord Henry.

E.A. Bucchianeri

I love the longueurs of a book even if they seem pointless because you can get a peek into the author’s mind, a glimpse of their creative soul.

Elin Hilderbrand

Meredith immersed herself in the novels. For some reason, fiction hit on the meaning of life so much more concisely than real life itself did.

Terry A O'Neal

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.

Latif Mercado

To Me, The Best Part Of Success, Is The Journey!

Latif Mercado

You Can't Be A Hero To The World, If Your Aren't First A Hero In Your Home!

Latif Mercado

A Decision That Can Change Your Life Forever, Can Happen In Just One Second.

Latif Mercado

Thank God For Writing, As Now I Can Work Until My Last Breath!

Latif Mercado

Attitude Is More Important Than Talent!

Latif Mercado

The Best Deal Is The One Where Everyone Walks Away Happy!

Django Wexler

Besides it's not as though the prisoner can truly die, any more than a character in a novel can. You can always flip back to the first page, can't you?

Edwin Muir

The only thing which can tell us about the novel is the novel.

Susanna Clarke

Oh! And they read English novels! David! Did you ever look into an English novel? Well, do not trouble yourself. It is nothing but a lot of nonsense about girls with fanciful names getting married.

Jeanette Winterson

We did photograph albums, best dresses, favourite novels, and once someone's own novel. It was about a week in a telephone box with a pair of pyjamas called Adolf Hitler. The heroine was a piece of string with a knot in it.

Todd M. Brenneman

Sentimentality was used because other political avenues were closed, and authors hoped that through it they could bring about a political change that would fulfill the egalitarian promises of the Revolution. Real political venues were unavailable, so fiction became a medium for authors to appeal to audiences for change.

G.K. Chesterton

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.


Life must not be a novel that is given to us, but one that is made by us.

Wilkie Collins

The dull people decided years and years ago, as everyone knows, that novel-writing was the lowest species of literary exertion, and that novel reading was a dangerous luxury and an utter waste of time.

Carmen DeSousa

Like the roller coaster of life...novels aren't fun without ups and downs and even an occasional loop.


Novels arise out of the shortcomings of history.

Theodore Roosevelt

Now and then I am asked as to ‘what books a statesman should read,’ and my answer is, poetry and novels – including short stories under the head of novels.

Sam Savage

It is practically an axiom in psychiatry that precocious intellect combined with physical weakness can give rise to many unpleasant character traits - avarice, delusions of grandeur , and obsessive masturbation, to name just a few.

Muhammad Imran Hasan

I'm Tiny And My Reach Is Limited. I Can Give YOU Only What I Have And Surely When I Give, I Don't Keep Anything For Me. To YOU, It's Nothing Probably As YOU've Got Everything. My Everything Would Be Unnoticed. It Seems Like "A Rain Drop To The Ocean".... (From The Romantic Story "Reflection of The Rainbow")....

Alain Robbe-Grillet

I am certain that a novelist is someone who attributes a different reality-value to the characters and events of his story than to those of 'real' life. A novelist is someone who confuses his own life with that of his characters.

Patrick White

Superficially my war was a comfortable exercise in futility carried out in a grand Scottish hotel amongst the bridge players and swillers of easy-come-by whisky. My chest got me out of active service and into guilt, as I wrote two, or is it three of the novels for which I am now acclaimed.

Katherine Givens

Thinking back on the outing to the theatre, she added, ‘I want a man, not a preening peacock!

Michael Ondaatje

The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human.

Paulo Coelho

The battles may last for a long time, perhaps even years. There are powerful forces on both sides, and the war is important to both armies. It's not a battle of good against evil. It's a war between forces that are fighting for the balance of power, and, when that type of battle begins, it lasts longer than others-because Allah is on both sides.

Rivera Sun

A freedom given up is not so easily regained.

Roman Payne

When she was a child,
my love carried a road map in her hand
the way other girls carried handkerchiefs.

Darren E. Laws

I came, I saw, I concurred...

Paul Auster

Novels are fictions and therefore they tell lies, but through those lies every novelist attempts to tell the truth about the world.

Laura Wilkinson

Sometimes we need enemies more than we need friends. Mandy Walker

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