Georges Simenon was born 13 February 1903, and died 4 September 1989
- I have always tried to write in a simple way, using down-to-earth and not abstract words.
- Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don’t think an artist can ever be happy.
- We are all potentially characters in a novel—with the difference that characters in a novel really get to live their lives to the full.
- Adjectives, adverbs, and every word which is there just to make an effect. Every sentence which is there just for the sentence. You know, you have a beautiful sentence—cut it. Every time I find such a thing in one of my novels it is to be cut.
- I think that everyone who does not need to be a writer, who thinks he can do something else, ought to do something else.
- Some readers still would like to read very reassuring novels, novels which give them a comforting view of humanity. It can’t be done.
- After I have started a novel I write a chapter each day, without ever missing a day.
Simenon was a prolific Belgian author who published nearly 200 novels and numerous short works. He is best known as the creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret.
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