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All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
Emotions
Honore De Balzac

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Novels are longer than life.
Fiction
Natalie Clifford Barney

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Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.
Writers and Writing
Arnold Bennett

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

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A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.
Books - Reading
Albert Camus

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A novel points out that the world consists entirely of exceptions.
Books - Reading
Joyce Carey

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The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
Sincerity
Thomas Carlyle

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A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
Books - Reading
Gilbert K. Chesterton

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The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.
Books - Reading
Frank Dane

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Writing a novel without being asked seems a bit like having a baby when you have nowhere to live.
Writers and Writing
Lucy Ellman

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The novel is more of a whisper, whereas the stage is a shout.
Theater
Robert Holman

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

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

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All wonder is the effect of novelty on ignorance.
Wonder
Samuel Johnson

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All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual.
Fiction
Milan Kundera

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

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A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.
Books - Reading
Hugh Maclennan

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There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.
Writers and Writing
W. Somerset Maugham

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The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author's life.
Fiction
Andre Maurois

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Historian -- an unsuccessful novelist.
History and Historians
H. L. Mencken

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Research is usually a policeman stopping a novel from progressing.
Research
Brian Moore

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This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
Critics and Criticism
Dorothy Parker

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I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?
Writers and Writing
Irwin Shaw

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A novel is a mirror carried along a main road.
Books - Reading
Henri B. Stendhal

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In a revolution, as in a novel. the most difficult part to invent is the end.
Revolutions and Revolutionaries
Alexis De Tocqueville

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Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
[ Research ] Wernher Von Braun