Top 17 C. S. Forester Quotes

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“The material came bubbling up inside like a geyser or an oil gusher. It streamed up of its own accord, down my arm and out of my fountain pen in a torrent of six thousand words a day.”

― C. S. Forester

“A man who writes for a living does not have to go anywhere in particular, and he could rarely afford to if he wanted.”

― C. S. Forester

“There is no other way of writing a novel than to begin at the beginning at to continue to the end.”

― C. S. Forester

“I must be like the princess who felt the pea through seven mattresses; each book is a pea.”

― C. S. Forester

“A whim, a passing mood, readily induces the novelist to move hearth and home elsewhere. He can always plead work as an excuse to get him out of the clutches of bothersome hosts.”

― C. S. Forester

“Everything was in stark and dreadful contrast with the trivial crises and counterfeit emotions of Hollywood, and I returned to England deeply moved and emotionally worn out.”

― C. S. Forester

“I formed a resolution to never write a word I did not want to write; to think only of my own tastes and ideals, without a thought of those of editors or publishers.”

― C. S. Forester

“I have heard of novels started in the middle, at the end, written in patches to be joined together later, but I have never felt the slightest desire to do this.”

― C. S. Forester

“Novel writing is far and away the most exhausting work I know.”

― C. S. Forester

“Novel writing wrecks homes.”

― C. S. Forester

“Perhaps that suspicion of fraud enhances the flavor.”

― C. S. Forester

“The doctor who applied a stethoscope to my heart was not satisfied. I was told to get my papers with the clerk in the outer hall. I was medically rejected.”

― C. S. Forester

“The work is with me when I wake up in the morning; it is with me while I eat my breakfast in bed and run through the newspaper, while I shave and bathe and dress.”

― C. S. Forester

“There is still need to think and plan, but on a different scale, and along different lines.”

― C. S. Forester

“They managed to find time… to tell me that there was no chance of my being accepted for service and that really I should be surprised to still be alive.”

― C. S. Forester

“When I die there may be a paragraph or two in the newspapers. My name will linger in the British Museum Reading Room catalogue for a space at the head of a long list of books for which no one will ever ask.”

― C. S. Forester

“With two people and luggage on board she draws four inches of water. Two canoe paddles will move her along at a speed reasonable enough in moderate currents.”

― C. S. Forester
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