200+ Best Novel Quotes And Sayings

If you’re looking for some great quotes about novels, then you’ve come to the right place. These novel quotes will inspire you to read more and explore new genres. The best novels explore bigger ideas, explore their characters with empathy and understanding, and show the human condition in all its glory. These novel quotes will help you think about how stories can be a force for good in the world.

Find the things that matter, and hold on to them,...
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Find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go. Lauren Oliver
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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. Janet Evanovich
I like shape very much. A novel has to have...
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I like shape very much. A novel has to have shape, and life doesn't have any. Jean Rhys
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You don't read Gatsby, I said, to learn whether adultery is good or bad but to learn about how complicated issues such as adultery and fidelity and marriage are. A great novel heightens your senses and sensitivity to the complexities of life and of individuals, and prevents you from the self-righteousness that sees morality in fixed formulas about good and evil. Azar Nafisi
Life is painful and disappointing. It is useless, therefore, to...
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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. Michel Houellebecq
Some stories have to be written because no one would...
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Some stories have to be written because no one would believe the absurdity of it all. Shannon L. Alder
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It was only after two years' work that it occurred to me that I was a writer. I had no particular expectation that the novel would ever be published, because it was sort of a mess. It was only when I found myself writing things I didn't realise I knew that I said, 'I'm a writer now.' The novel had become an incentive to deeper thinking. That's really what writing is–an intense form of thought. Don DeLillo
Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of...
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Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth. Khaled Hosseini
If you only write when inspired, you may be a...
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If you only write when inspired, you may be a fairly decent poet, but you'll never be a novelist. Neil Gaiman
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I ran across an excerpt today (in English translation) of some dialogue/narration from the modern popular writer, Paulo Coelho in his book: Aleph.(Note: bracketed text is mine.).. 'I spoke to three scholars, ' [the character says 'at last.']. .two of them said that, after death, the [sic (misprint, fault of the publisher)] just go to Paradise. The third one, though, told me to consult some verses from the Koran. [end quote]'. .I can see that he's excited. [narrator]'. .Now I have many positive things to say about Coelho: He is respectable, inspiring as a man, a truth-seeker, and an appealing writer; but one should hesitate to call him a 'literary' writer based on this quote. A 'literary' author knows that a character's excitement should be 'shown' in his or her dialogue and not in the narrator's commentary on it. Advice for Coelho: Remove the 'I can see that he's excited' sentence and show his excitement in the phrasing of his quote.( Now, in defense of Coelho, I am firmly of the opinion, having myself written plenty of prose that is flawed, that a novelist should be forgiven for slipping here and there.) Lastly, it appears that a belief in reincarnation is of great interest to Mr. Coelho. . Just think! He is a man who has achieved, (as Leonard Cohen would call it), 'a remote human possibility.' He has won lots of fame and tons of money. And yet, how his preoccupation with reincarnation–none other than an interest in being born again as somebody else–suggests that he is not happy!. Roman Payne
A novel must show how the world truly is, how...
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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. Kevin Hood
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The moon will guide you through the night with her brightness, but she will always dwell in the darkness, in order to be seen. Shannon L. Alder
Marriage is a partnership, not a democracy.
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Marriage is a partnership, not a democracy. Nicholas Sparks
I have almost completed a long novel, but it is...
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I have almost completed a long novel, but it is unpublishable until my death and England's. E.m. Forster
When I die I hope it may be said:' Her...
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When I die I hope it may be said:' Her suffering was black, but her books were read'. Shannon L. Alder
Poetry, plays, novels, music, they are the cry of the...
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Poetry, plays, novels, music, they are the cry of the human spirit trying to understand itself and make sense of our world. L.M. Elliott
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Spilling a Secret What its size, will have varying consequences. It’s not possible to predict what will happen if you open the gunnysack, let the cat escape. A liberated feline might purr on your lap, or it might scratch your eyes out. You can’t tell until you loosen the knot. Do you chance losing a friendship, if that friend’s well-being will only be preserved by betraying sworn-to silence trust? Once the seam is ripped, can it be mended again? And if that proves impossible, will you be okay when it all falls to pieces? . Ellen Hopkins
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God is going to send you someone that will rescue you. Then one day you will rescue them in return and together your story will rescue others. He has always been a God of rescues and a maker of warriors for his grace. You only need to believe that you are part of something greater than you know. Shannon L. Alder
No one says a novel has to be one thing....
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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. Ishmael Reed