"Novels are longer than life."
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"Romances I never read like those I have seen."
"Novels as dull as dishwater, with the grease of random sentiments floating on top."
"The narrative impulse is always with us; we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it."
"There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative."
"All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them."
"It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels."
"The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life."
"The time-honored bread-sauce of the happy ending."
"Fiction is the truth inside the lie."
"All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual."
"No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing."
"The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author's life."
"Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith."
"The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means."
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