The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.— Vladimir Nabokov
Delightful Main Characters quotations
We are what we believe we are.
Truthfulness is the main element of character.
There are relatively few science fiction or fantasy books with the main character being an old person.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
The main interest of my work is not concerned with the treatment of neuroses but rather with the approach to the numinous. But the fact that the approach to the numinous is the real therapy, and inasmuch as you attain to the numinous experience you are released from the curse of pathology. Even the very disease takes on a numinous character.
Deeply affecting and compulsively readable, The Fifty-First State displays Lisa Borders' emotional acuity, first-rate skills as a storyteller, and profound empathy not only for her two compelling main characters but for an oft-neglected region and a disappearing way of life.
New pressures are causing ever more people to find their main satisfaction in their consumptive role rather than in their productive role. And these pressures are bringing forward such traits as pleasure-mindedness, self-indulgence, materialism, and passivity as conspicuous elements of the American character.
You're a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, will never forget about you.
The main character of any living system is openness.
The Holy Spirit's main ministry is not to give thrills but to create in us Christlike character.
I should love to do a novel, about one abnormal character seeing present-day life, very ordinary life, yet arresting through it, abnormality, until at the end the reader sees, and with little reluctance, that he is not abnormal at all, and that the main character might as well be himself.
When someone disrespects you, beware the impulse to win their respect. For disrespect is not a valuation of your worth but a signal of their character.
In displaying the psychology of your characters, minute particulars are essential. God save us from vague generalizations! Be sure not to discuss your hero's state of mind. Make it clear from his actions. Nor is it necessary to portray many main characters. Let two people be the center of gravity in your story: he and she.
Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself.
Le lecteur, lui non plus, ne voit pas les choses du dehors.
Il est dans le labyrinthe aussi. The reader [as well as the main character] does not view the work from outside. He too is in the labyrinth.
Accept both compliments and criticism. It takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow.
Become major, Paul. Live like a hero. That's what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for?
From start to finish, this movie is obviously about God.
He is the main character. How is is possible that we live as though it is about us?
There is no such thing as a perfect person in this world.
We all must become the main characters or the stars of our lives. We are all different and start differently. But from whatever is our circumstances, it is very important that we find the opportunities to try out what we want to do.
A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant.
Minho looks like a main character of a manga.
I'm all alone. There has been no man in my life for several months now and although it would be nice to have a boyfriend, I can't just settle for anybody. The fact is I'm choosy, but mainly about a man's character. He has to be interesting, funny and clever. I don't even mind if he's not very good-looking.
The main reason for rewriting is not to achieve a smooth surface, but to discover the inner truth of your characters.
To be yourself in a world that in constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Sometimes I`m stressed and I`m sick of things and I need to forget about them for a while, so in Harry Potter you`re taken to this wonderful imaginary world where everything is so different. But also the main characters are completely real and modern so you can relate to them.
When I'm writing a script, I don't worry about plot as much as I do about people. I get to know the main characters - what they need, what they want, what they should do. That's what gets the story going. You can't just have action, you've got to find out what the characters want. And then they must grow, they must go somewhere.
Forms of government are forged mainly in the fire of practice, not in the vacuum of theory. They respond to national character and to national realities.
Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself.
The other main difference between film and television is that you have the opportunity to flush out a character, over a longer period of time. Whereas with a film, you're confined to two or three hours, or whatever it may be.
The characters in a children's book must reach into the heart of the reader on page one. Emotional content is the main reason a child and a parent will go back to a book again and again.
Make sure your main characters are likeable.
They can be flawed, but your readers need to be able to root for them.
Be curious, bot judgmental.
Once you're imagining being the main character, and you're having the conversations and actually being there, the magic in fiction writing takes over.
Our character is mainly shaped by our primary social community - the people with whom we eat, play, converse, and study.
And at NYU, I went to the Atlantic Theater Company, and they have two main points. One of them is to always be active in something instead of just feeling it. And the other is figuring out your character.
Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray.
It is only in romances that people undergo a sudden metamorphosis.
In real life, even after the most terrible experiences, the main character remains exactly the same.
There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters.
Other people, including me, have written books with main characters who were old and rich. Or old and brilliant. Old sages, old wizards, old rich people.
There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The wolf that wins? The one you feed.
The main thing in acting is honesty, to feel the humanity and get to the essence of the character. You can't put anything into a character that you haven't got within you.
I think the female first-person is still dismissed, demonized, especially if the book does not end on an empowering note, especially if the main character is perceived as unlikeable, or too privileged.
Beware 'good' main characters who have a limited repertory of culturally acceptable feelings, while your evil bastards have a full range of vivid, passionate feelings.
With a film, things constantly have to go up in the story, and you're constantly putting pressure on the main character. It allows to go really deep into what its relationship is.
Y'see, I get so bored so easily. I like to start with a clean slate each time. Sure, I'll have characters drop in and out of books but the main cast of characters always changes. Maybe I'm wrong but I think if had the same joe detective guy or gal, I wouldn't write them as well; I wouldn't do as good a job.