Top 17 Novelist Quotes

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“I didn’t intend to be a novelist. I didn’t intend to be anything. I thought I’d be a journalist.”

― Alex Garland

“I wanted to be a novelist for so long.”

― Alice Sebold

“I’m a middle-class, middle-brow novelist. And that’s it. It amuses me.”

― Anita Brookner

“I’m not a biographer, I’m a novelist.”

― Barry Unsworth

“The novelist’s intuition for the sacred differs from the translator’s interrogation of the sacred.”

― Cynthia Ozick

“It is the job of the novelist to touch the reader.”

― Elizabeth George

“I’m not a writer; I’m not a novelist.”

― Ian Gillan

“I’m not really a mainstream novelist!”

― Irvine Welsh

“My whole life, I’ve wanted to be a novelist.”

― Jane Fallon

“I thought I wanted to be a journalist or a novelist.”

― Lena Dunham

“I am a novelist through and through.”

― Meg Wolitzer

“Freud was just a novelist.”

― Peter Ackroyd

“I am a fictionalizing philosopher, not a novelist.”

― Philip K. Dick

“My temperament is not geared to that of a novelist.”

― Philip Levine

“Novel-writing is, for the novelist, a game of let’s pretend.”

― Philip Roth

“I’m a novelist, not a social scientist or a commentator.”

― Rachel Cusk

“Uzodinma Iweala is a fine and confident novelist.”

― Rumaan Alam
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