Five Great Quotations about Novels

“A novel must give a sense of permanence as well as a sense of life.” – E. M. Forster

“I believe there are two ways of writing novels. One is mine, making a sort of musical comedy without music and ignoring real life altogether; the other is going right deep down into life and not caring a damn.” – P. G. Wodehouse

“In a novel, the author gives the leading character intelligence and distinction. Fate goes to less trouble: mediocrities play a part in great events simply from happening to be there.” – Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord

“The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.” – Mickey Spillane

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” – Jane Austen