„Life isn't a romance novel. The truth is, the reason romance novels sell so well ---- the reason why everyone loves them ---- is because no one's life is actually like that. Everyone WANTS their life to be like that.“
Fonte: Forever Princess
— Robert E. Lee Confederate general in the Civil War 1807 - 1870
„I loved him, but love isn't enough. All the fairy tales, the romance novels, the soap operas; they're all lies. Love does not conquer all.“
— Laurell K. Hamilton, livro The Lunatic Cafe
Fonte: The Lunatic Cafe
— Henry James American novelist, short story author, and literary critic 1843 - 1916
Variant text: The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does compete with life.
The Art of Fiction http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/artfiction.html (1884)
— Marilynne Robinson American novelist and essayist 1943
— Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Fourth President and ninth Prime Minister of Pakistan 1928 - 1979
pp 79 - 80.
Letter to his daughter (1978)
Contexto: Life is a love affair. There is a romance with every beauty of nature. I have no hesitation in saving that my most passionate love affair, my most thrilling romance has been with the people. There is an indissoluble marriage between politics and the people. That is why "Man is a political animal" and the state a political theatre. I have been on this stage of the masters for over twenty tumultuous years. I believe I still have a role to play. I believe the people still want me on this stage, but if I have to bow out, I give you the gift of my feelings. You will fight the fight better than me. Your speeches will be more eloquent than my speeches. Your commitment equally total. There will be more youth and vitality in your struggle. Your deeds ill be more daring. I transmit to you the blessing to the most blessed mission. This is the only present I can give you on your birthdays.
— Jean Renoir French film director and screenwriter 1894 - 1979
Variante: The truly terrible thing is that everybody has their reasons.
— Scott Westerfeld, livro Goliath
— Gregory Maguire, livro Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Fonte: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
— George Sand, livro Métella
La vie ressemble plus souvent à un roman qu'un roman ne ressemble à la vie.
Metella, ch. 1 (1833); Robert J. Ackerman Perfect Daughters (Deerfield Beach, Fla.: HCI, 2002) p. 31
„Obviously, I believe that to pursue the American Dream is not only futile but self-destructive because ultimately it destroys everything and everyone involved with it. By definition it must, because it nurtures everything except those things that are important: integrity, ethics, truth, our very heart and soul. Why? The reason is simple: because Life/life is giving, not getting.“
— Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream
Requiem for a Dream (1978)
— Doug Stanhope American stand-up comedian, actor, and author 1967
Something to Take the Edge Off (2000)
„I'll tell everyone that the children are my reason for living, when in reality my life is their reason for living.“
— Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947
Veronika Decides to Die (1998)
„A strict allegory is like a puzzle with a solution: a great romance is like a flower whose smell reminds you of something you can't quite place. I think the something is 'the whole quality of life as we actually experience it.“
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
C. S. Lewis' Letters to Children – letter to Lucy (11 September 1958)
„Life with me and the Company has not been anything like happily ever after. Reality has a way of slow-roasting romance.“
— Glen Cook, livro Soldiers Live
Fonte: Soldiers Live (2000), Chapter 5, “An Abode of Ravens: Headquarters” (p. 383)
„One secret of life is that the reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts on the same day. Another secret is that laughter is carbonated holiness“
— Anne Lamott Novelist, essayist, memoirist, activist 1954
Fonte: Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith