Being a writer in a library is rather like being a eunuch in a harem.

— John Braine

The most grateful John Braine quotes that are little-known but priceless

Solitude and quiet are highly desirable, but the lack of them is no barrier to writing... The will to work builds all the seclusion that one needs.


To be shockingly original with your first novel, you don’t have to discover a new technique: Simply write about people as they are and not as the predominantly liberal and humanist literary establishment believes that they ought to be.


There isn't, unfortunately, any way of discovering whether you can write a publishable novel except by writing it.


It isn't that inspiration doesn't exist, but it comes only with writing.


I've no desire to be ill-dressed; but I hate the feeling that I daren't be ill-dressed if I want to.


Writing's not always a pleasure to me, but if I'm not writing every other pleasure loses its savour.