American Novelist Quotes

2167 American Novelist quotes:

"All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time."
"A man can be destroyed but not defeated."
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."
"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."
"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."
"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over."
"I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after."
"The shortest answer is doing the thing."
"For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can."
"I never had to choose a subject - my subject rather chose me."
"The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it."
"The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself."
"If you have a success you have it for the wrong reasons. If you become popular it is always because of the worst aspects of your work."
"Cowardice... is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination."
"Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination."
"A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book."
"I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it."
"There's no one thing that is true. They're all true."
"You're beautiful, like a May fly."
"When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature."

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