Nicholas Mosley Quotes

  • I did not think much what I was writing them for, except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in some less conventional form than straight narrative.
  • I don't think I've ever read an old book through from start to finish. Not after more than six months after writing it, that is.
  • To say a poem is absolute is saying nothing, because an ink blot can be absolute. Yet you put into it what you like. So it becomes totally relative.
  • If they tell the police, the police will find out she was driving, and her career will be put into hell.
  • It connects with the theologians' point that you can say what God is not, but not (easily) what He is.
  • Not only the style, but the way in which you don't exactly know what on earth has happened or is happening till about page two hundred - then it all becomes apparent in a blinding flash.
  • There is curiously little art concerning the efficacy of reason - perhaps simply because reason is not noticeably efficacious.
  • The mark of a living thing is to be involved in opposites (impossibilities): the living cell that has to be continually adapting itself to stay alive, with its identity.
  • It always strikes me how almost unbelievably bad are the early versions of my novels.
  • After these three novels I gave up writing novels for a time; I was dissatisfied with romantic doom, yet didn't see much way around it.