It's like a novelist writing far out things. If it makes a point and makes sense, then people like to read that. But if it's off in left field and goes over the edge, you lose it. The same with musical talent, I think.
— Johnny Cash

Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion.
Arnold Bennett novelists quote

If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.
— Norman Mailer

They can't yank a novelist like they can a pitcher. A novelist has to go the full nine, even if it kills him.
— Ernest Hemingway

If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is keep a pair of cats.
— novelists quotation by Aldous Huxley