John Fowles was an English novelist, born in Leigh-on-Sea in England. He started his prestigious career in literature with drafting The Magus and also began his work writing another one- The Collector. His successful novels gave him the opportunity to drop the profession of the teacher and continue wholeheartedly as a novelist. Ever since then, his famous books also got adapted into feature films and since 1945, he was named as one of the 50 greatest British writers. His thoughts were also teachings on how writing and novels can help to build a beautiful alternative world.
Here are Top 10 quotes by John Fowles to learn from him.
“There are only two races on this planet- the intelligent and the stupid.”
“There comes a time in each life like a point of fulcrum. At that time you must accept yourself. It is not any more what you will become. It is what you are and always will be.”
“There are many reasons why novelists write, but they all have one thing in common – a need to create an alternative world.”
“Time is not a road – it is a room.”
“My hatred of crowds, the obviousness of crowds, of anything en masse. Is this why I like little-known books? A general desire to escape the main world.”
“When you draw something it lives and when you photograph it it dies.”
“The human race is unimportant. It is the self that must not be betrayed.” “I suppose one could say that Hitler didn’t betray his self.” “You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.”
“I love making, I love doing. I love being to the full, I love everything which is not sitting and watching and copying and dead at heart.”
“Always we try to put the wild in a cage.”
“All novelists should live in two different worlds: a real one and an unreal one.”
“To write poetry and to commit suicide, apparently so contradictory, had really been the same, attempts at escape.”