Quotes by C. S. Forester

C. S. Forester

English novelist

Alive from: 1899-1966

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    A man who writes for a living does not have to go anywhere in particular, and he could rarely afford to if he wanted.
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    A whim, a passing mood, readily induces the novelist to move hearth and home elsewhere. He can always plead work as an excuse to get him out of the clutches of bothersome hosts.
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    Although she herself was ill enough to justify being in bed had been a person weak-minded enough to give up, Rose Sawyer could see that her brother, the Reverend Samuel Sayer, was far more ill.
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    Everything was in stark and dreadful contrast with the trivial crises and counterfeit emotions of Hollywood, and I returned to England deeply moved and emotionally worn out.
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    The doctor who applied a stethoscope to my heart was not satisfied. I was told to get my papers with the clerk in the outer hall. I was medically rejected.
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    The material came bubbling up inside like a geyser or an oil gusher. It streamed up of its own accord, down my arm and out of my fountain pen in a torrent of six thousand words a day.
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    The work is with me when I wake up in the morning; it is with me while I eat my breakfast in bed and run through the newspaper, while I shave and bathe and dress.
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    There is no other way of writing a novel than to begin at the beginning at to continue to the end.
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    There is still need to think and plan, but on a different scale, and along different lines.
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    They managed to find time... to tell me that there was no chance of my being accepted for service and that really I should be surprised to still be alive.
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    When a man who is drinking neat gin starts talking about his mother he is past all argument.
    Source: The African Queen (1935)
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    When I die there may be a paragraph or two in the newspapers. My name will linger in the British Museum Reading Room catalogue for a space at the head of a long list of books for which no one will ever ask.
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    With two people and luggage on board she draws four inches of water. Two canoe paddles will move her along at a speed reasonable enough in moderate currents.
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