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Disillusionment Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Disillusionment

Please enjoy these Disillusionment Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

The novel is born of disillusionment;
the poem,
of despair.
- Jose Bergamin

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There is no need to waste pity on young girls who are
having their moments of disillusionment,
for in another moment they will recover their illusion.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment,
which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos.
- Manly Hall

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
- George Santayana

 

So what are we given? We're also given,
my generation, the disillusionment of our parents.
- Jewel Kilcher

The Great War was a progressive revelation and disillusionment.
- Ralph A. Cram

Architects of grandeur are often the master builders of disillusionment.
- Bryant H. McGill

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Disillusionment in living is finding that no one can
really ever be agreeing with you completely in anything.
- Gertrude Stein

I related to his disillusionment.
Thinking that he was going for this big dream.
Then he kind of saw through it all at one point and went back home.
Then he started a bender, which I can relate to of course.
- Woody Harrelson

The Russian people are suffering from economic fatigue
and from disillusionment with the Allies!
The world thinks the Russian Revolution is at an end.
Do not be mistaken.
The Russian Revolution is just beginning.
- Alexander Kerensky

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
- Henry David Thoreau

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

What makes literature interesting is that it does not survive its translation.
The characters in a novel are made out of the sentences.
That's what their substance is.
- Jonathan Miller

Every journalist has a novel in him,
which is an excellent place for it.
- Russell Lynes

The novel is always pop art, and the novel is always dying.
That's the only way it stays alive.
It does really die.
I've been thinking about that a lot.
- Leslie Fiedler

There are hours when I must force the novel out of
my mind and be interested in the children.
- Zane Grey

I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors
to beat it out if me with steel pipes.
- Patton Oswalt

It takes a lot of energy and a lot of neurosis to write a novel.
If you were really sensible, you'd do something else.
- Lawrence Durrell

You're getting everyone's point of view at the same time,
which, for me, is the perfect state for a novel:
a cubist state,
the cubist novel.
- Michael Ondaatje

I had always said to myself that forty was the cut
off point of my apprenticeship which may for some people
sound like a very long one,
but the novel as art is a middle-aged art.
- Jane Rule

And it is a folly to try to craft a novel for the screen,
to write a novel with a screen contract in mind.
- Thomas Keneally

I have often heard that the novel is dead.
But I see novels produced, I don't know how many a week,
in France.
I have the impression it's carrying along quite well.
- Nathalie Sarraute

I started writing seriously when I was 18,
wrote my first novel when I was 22, and I've never stopped writing since.
- Sue Grafton

Every novel generates its own climate,
when you get going.
- Penelope Lively

I spend eight months outlining and researching the
novel before I begin to write a single word of the prose.
- Jeffery Deaver

I may attempt a novel.
I think that no matter what you write,
it requires being honest with oneself,
and you have to pull yourself out of the whirlwind of daily life.
- Iris Chang

I like shape very much.
A novel has to have shape, and life doesn't have any.
- Jean Rhys

All of my problems are rather complicated -
I need an entire novel to deal with them,
not a short story or a movie.
It's like a personal therapy.
- Manuel Puig

I see the poem or the novel ending with an open door.
- Michael Ondaatje

A novel should be an experience and convey an emotional
truth rather than arguments.
- Joyce Cary

It's not a good idea to put your wife into a novel;
not your latest wife anyway.
- Norman Mailer

When I'm working on a novel, I work 70-hour weeks.
- Dean Koontz

If you're writing a novel, you're in a room for three or four years.
There's not much coming in from the outside.
- Mordecai Richler

Like any good spy novel, the Cox Report alleges that
Chinese spies penetrated four U.S.
weapons research labs and stole important information
on seven nuclear warhead designs.
- Charles Foster Bass

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.
- Toni Morrison

The hardest novel to write was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.
- Anne Tyler

I believe that the short story is as different a form
from the novel as poetry is,
and the best stories seem to me to be perhaps closer
in spirit to poetry than to novels.
- Tobias Wolff

You would go mad if you began to speculate about the
impact your novel might have while you were still writing it.
- Jonathan Coe

A scrupulous man will never produce a great novel.
- Julien Green

A novel is often a longer process in handling self-doubt.
- Robert Sheckley

The same parts of my brain get as excited as when I
study bio or read a novel and write a paper on it.
- Utada Hikaru

I do one Xanth novel a year, because at the moment
that is all that publishers will accept;
they don't want any other type of fiction from me,
so Xanth pays my way.
- Piers Anthony

Only in a novel are all things given full play.
- David Herbert Lawrence

The process of rewriting is enjoyable,
because you're not in that existential panic when you
don't have a novel at all.
- Rose Tremain

I have never known a novel that was good enough to
be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views.
- Edith Wharton

No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something,
while despair is nothing.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

Anyway, several rewrites later, Del Rey Books did publish my first novel,
and it did become the first work of fiction on the
New York Times trade paperback bestseller list.
- Terry Brooks

If a theme or idea is too near the surface,
the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.
- Elizabeth Bowen

A novel is like a gland pill - it nips off the cream
of my hysterics and gets them running on track in a
book where they belong instead of rioting all over my person.
- Dawn Powell

I'm writing a novel about two actresses who go to New York,
because that's what I know about.
One has lost touch with reality, disappears and is picked up by a man.
- Julie Walters

There's no reason you should write any novel quickly.
- John Irving

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.
You bring to a novel, anything you read,
all your experience of the world.
You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.
- Angela Carter

The impulse of the journalist is to be novel,
yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment;
the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true,
regardless of the moment.
- Daniel Bell

The only reason for the existence of a novel is that
it does attempt to represent life.
- Henry James

I found some time ago that I have to be careful,
while working on a novel, what I read.
- John Sladek

The stories have been told so often by those of us
who supported President Reagan over the years that they seem mundane,
almost like a fictional novel or a movie script.
- William L. Jenkins

Am I worried people will say I'm repeating myself? Sure.
One thought I had was to publish it as a novel but
eventually I just decided to do what I wanted to do.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel

It seems to me that you would have to write a novel on a very small,
intimate scale for it not to become political.
- Jonathan Coe

The novel, for me, was an accident.
I really don't consider myself a novelist.
- Wole Soyinka

I wrote a novel about the combat experiences I didn't have in Vietnam.
- Tracy Kidder

My first novel took 12 years to complete because life got in my way.
- Donald McKay

There is no better way of elevating the novel than
by making it into a construct which contains ideas.
- Heinrich Mann

The most difficult novel I have had to write in terms
of just getting it done was The Vampire Lestat.
It took a year to write.
- Anne Rice

I love Richard Yates, his work, and the novel,
Revolutionary Road.
It's a devastating novel.
- Michael Chabon

A good novel is worth more then the best scientific study.
- Saul Bellow

Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience,
of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer's own life.
- Eudora Welty

So, I outlined a horror novel and started writing.
- George Stephen

A screenplay is not a finished product;
a novel is.
A screenplay is a blueprint for something -
for a building that will most likely never be built.
- Nicholas Meyer

Before trying a novel I wrote a couple of plays.
- James Merrill

The most important basis of any novel is wanting to be someone else,
and this means creating a character.
- Antonio Tabucchi

One performs a very different act when reading a movie
and when reading a novel.
Your attention behaves differently.
- Manuel Puig


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