"So many people talk about ‘fiction’ or ‘the writer’ as though you could generalize about them."
— Aldous Huxley
"I’ve been reading reviews of my stories for twenty-five years, and can’t remember a single useful point in any of them, or the slightest good advice."
— Anton Chekhov (via writingquotes)
"What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it."
— J.D.Salinger, The Catcher In The Rye (via bookmania)
"I do believe that books can change lives and give people this kind of language they wouldn’t have had otherwise."
— Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming.
(Source: npr, via nationalbook)
"My grandparents were illiterate and I never expected to stand here before you in a grand hall in London as a writer being so honoured. Perhaps in consequence I do not share the pessimism of the age about the novel, [which is] one of our greatest spiritual aesthetic and intellectual traditions."
Australian writer Richard Flanagan, author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, responds to winning the 2014 Man Booker Prize.
Pair with Anaïs Nin on the future of the novel.
"Do they sense it, these dead writers, when their books are read? Does a pinprick of light appear in their darkness? Is their soul stirred by the feather touch of another mind reading theirs? I do hope so."
— Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale (via bibliophilebunny)
"That’s what I admire most in literature, its ability to make you weep."
— Michel Houellebecq
"Anyone who’s worth anything reads just what he likes, as the mood takes him, and with extravagant enthusiasm."
— Virginia Woolf
(Source: amandaonwriting, via yeahwriters)