Five great quotations about theme in novels

“There is only one way to defeat the enemy, and that is to write as well as one can. The best argument is an undeniably good book.” – Saul Bellow

“If the weak hand, that has recorded this tale, has, by its scenes, beguiled the mourner of one hour of sorrow, or, by its moral, taught him to sustain it – the effort, however humble, has not been vain, nor is the writer unrewarded.” – Ann Radcliffe

“Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.” – Tom Bissell