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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.Jane Austen
It is wrong to have an ideal view of the world. That's where the mischief starts. That's where everything starts unravelling.V.S. Naipaul
Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I'm always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it's very shocking to the system.
Isn’t it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes for thousands of years.
“One false word, one extra word, and somebody's thinking about how they have to buy paper towels at the store.”Patricia Marx