Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.
More Quotes from Anthony Burgess:Every dogma has its day.
Novelists are perhaps the last people in the world to be entrusted with opinions. The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly.
Bath twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace.
I didn't think; I experimented.
The unconscious mind has a habit of asserting itself in the afternoon.
The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
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I cannot afford to waste my time making money.
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers.