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What is a novel if not a conviction of our fellow-men's existence strong enough to take upon itself a form of imagined life clearer than reality and whose accumulated verisimilitude of selected episodes puts to shame the pride of documentary history? - Joseph Conrad


If you have one strong idea, you can't help repeating it and embroidering it. Sometimes I think that authors should write one novel and then be put in a gas chamber. - John Phillips Marquand


A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. - Saul Bellow


The great American novel has not only already been written; it has already been rejected. - Mark Twain


Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life. - Eudora Welty


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


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


The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition. - Wystan Hugh Auden


Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them. - Virginia Woolf