The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.

-John Fowles
John Fowles

They're beautiful. But sad.' Everything's sad if you make it so, I said.

John Fowles
There are many reasons why novelists write, but they all have one thing in common - a need to create an alternative world.
John Fowles

In essence the Renaissance was simply the green end of one of civilization's hardest winters.

John Fowles
I mean I never feel I feel what I ought to feel.
John Fowles

The best wines take the longest to mature.

John Fowles
People knew less of each other, and so were more individual. The entire world was not for them only a push or switch away. Strangers were strange, and sometimes with an exciting, beautiful strangeness. It may be better for humanity that we should communicate more and more. But I am a heretic, I think our ancestors' isolation was like the greater space they enjoyed: it can only be envied. The world is only too literally too much with us now.
John Fowles

These last few days I've felt Godless. I've felt cleaner, less muddled, less blind. I still believe in a God. But he's so remote, so cold, so mathematical. I see that we have to live as if there is no God. Prayer and worship and singing hymns-all silly and useless.

John Fowles
It is not only species of animal that die out, but whole species of feeling. And if you are wise you will never pity the past for what it did not know, but pity yourself for what it did.
John Fowles

The great majority of modern third-person narration is "I" narration very thinly disguised.

John Fowles
If anything might hurt her, silence would; and I wanted to hurt her.