Best Quotes by John Fowles (Top 10)

  1. 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.
  2. I think we are just insects, we live a bit and then die and that's the lot. There's no mercy in things. There's not even a Great Beyond. There's nothing.
  3. The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.
  4. We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
  5. We all want things we can't have. Being a decent human being is accepting that.
  6. I am infinitely strange to myself.
  7. The profoundest distances are never geographical.
  8. There are many reasons why novelists write, but they all have one thing in common - a need to create an alternative world.
  9. I read and I read; and I was like a medieval king, I had fallen in love with the picture long before I saw the reality.
  10. In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.

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