Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous
old novel quotes, novel sayings, and novel proverbs, collected over the years from a variety
A novel is a machine for generating interpretations.
Entering a novel is like going on a climb in the mountains: You have to learn the rhythms of respiration - acquire the pace. Otherwise you stop right away.
In aÂ novelÂ you have to resist the urge to tell everything.
J. K. Rowling
AÂ novelÂ is often a longer process in handling self-doubt.
An oldÂ novelÂ has a history of its own.
GreatÂ novels are always a little more intelligent than their authors.
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham
The novel is the highest form of human expression so far attained. Why? Because it is so incapable of the absolute.
David Herbert Lawrence
AÂ novelÂ is a mirror carried along a main road.
Henri B. Stendhal
Novels teach the youthful mind to sigh after happiness that never existed.
It seems to me that goodÂ novelsÂ celebrate the mystery in ordinary life, and summing it all up in psychological terms strips the mystery away.
A goodÂ novelÂ begins with a small question and ends with a bigger one.
AÂ novelÂ must be a rich forest known at the start only by instinct.
A novel is a work of poetry. In order to write it, one must have tranquility of spirit and of impression.
When novels deal in abstractions, they generally go off the rails.
Novels are make-believe and play for adults.
Novel writing is the slowest art form in the world. It is not a sprint. It is not even a marathon. It is a series of marathons that stretch over and over across a continent.
AÂ novelÂ must give a sense of permanence as well as a sense of life.
E. M. Forster
Writing aÂ novelÂ is agony.
GoodÂ novelÂ are written by people who are not frightened.
Not everyÂ novelÂ that wants to be a tragedy gets to be one.
To read a novel is a difficult and complex art. You must be capable not only of great fineness of perception, but of great boldness of imagination.
NovelÂ writing is solitary work.
AÂ novelÂ is an impression, not an argument; and there the matter must rest.
If you're writing a novel, you're in a room for three or four years. There's not much coming in from the outside.
When you read a novel, your own imagery is the most important. It's what makes reading such a wonderful thing.
EveryÂ novelÂ generates its own climate, when you get going.
In aÂ novel, the only budgetary limitations are that of your imagination.
EveryÂ novelÂ is an ideal plane inserted into the realm of reality.
Jorge Luis Borges
AÂ novelÂ is a tricky thing to map.