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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Deborah Moggach on life, travel, inspiration, India, film, writing, marriage, tulip-fever, nagging, advice, philosophy and exotic.

56 Great Quotes By Deborah Moggach

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Deborah Moggach is a prolific English writer and screenwriter. She has studied from some of the most renowned universities. During her initial days, she served at the ‘Oxford University Press’. She started off her writing career with ‘You Must Be Sisters’ which could not achieve much success. She followed up with several other books to prove her prominence in the literary world. A majority of her novels have been based on situations in a person’s life like divorce and perplexities in relationships. She has also written few historical novels including ‘In The Dark’ and ‘Something To Hide’. Her career as a screenwriter has also been very successful. She has adapted some of her hit novels into television shows and received critical appreciation. She has also adapted work of other writers like Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and Anne Fine’s ‘Goggle-Eyes’. We have curated some famous quotes and sayings by the acclaimed author from her writings, books, novels, thoughts and life. Take a look at the notable quotes and thoughts by Deborah Moggach which will inspire you to pick up the pen and get started.

Everything will be alright in the end so if it is not alright it is not the end.

- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach

The only real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment.

- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach

All novelists I speak to about how they started usually say it was by pulling up their roots and going to live somewhere else. You see the shape of your life at a distance.

- Deborah Moggach

You need to know the characters as living, breathing people before you start the plot; otherwise, you'll feel panic, anarchy and chaos.

- Deborah Moggach

The traditional writer is a sensitive only child, asthmatic, who sits on the window seat watching the drops of rain slide down the pane, very introspective. I'm not inward-looking. I would never go to a shrink. I don't want to know what I'm thinking. I don't really like discussions in my family. It may be an avoidance thing.

- Deborah Moggach

My first novel, 'You Must be Sisters,' was started in Pakistan. I've wrote several novels and a TV drama set or partly-set there.

- Deborah Moggach

I found Hollywood pretty bruising and uncreative. The executives are all in thrall to the boss, and spend their times double-guessing him or her, and trying to remember what he/she said and then applying them to the script, whether it was useful or not. They're all in fear for their jobs.

- Deborah Moggach

My parents were both writers - they would type their manuscripts sitting side by side on the veranda of our house near Watford - so I wanted to do something different. I wanted to be a bluegrass singer, an architect, a landscape gardener, or to do something with animals.

- Deborah Moggach

I have four Rhode Island Red hens. I get two eggs from them a day. They're feathered dustbins that eat leftover food and weeds, and they're easy to look after - I throw some grain at them in the morning, take the eggs and that's it. I love the sound of clucking.

- Deborah Moggach

I hate fussing about in the kitchen when I have people over to supper, so I make a rich beef stew cooked in wine with carrots, sundried tomato paste and chopped chorizo sausage.

- Deborah Moggach

Independence is fun, especially when there's a beloved waiting in the wings, and freedom makes you a more interesting person. Having separate lives brings fresh air into a relationship.

- Deborah Moggach

Living together places a huge burden on the other person to be lover, friend, entertainments manager, chef, domestic help, which is almost impossible and can lead to disappointment. If you don't live together, you spend more time with other people and ease the pressure off your lover.

- Deborah Moggach

Living apart is hardly possible if people have children together. It can also be more expensive to maintain two homes. But then, it's expensive to break up when you live in one property.

- Deborah Moggach

A novel is utterly your own creation, a very private process. I think of a novel as a noun and a screenplay as a verb. In a novel, very little needs to happen; you can explore a person's memories and thoughts and fantasies. In a screenplay, it's all action; you must push the story on.

- Deborah Moggach

The greatest artists know how to entertain, or else nobody would read them.

- Deborah Moggach

I work every day from 9:30 or so until lunchtime. In the afternoons, I become a normal person - go shopping and do the garden and look after my grandchildren.

- Deborah Moggach

I'd like to be a jazz singer, but I couldn't possibly do it; nobody would want me, anyway.

- Deborah Moggach

When I was young, I couldn't imagine women of 60 falling in love. For one thing, people used to stay married; they weren't out in the jungle, searching for romance. Besides, these women just looked so ancient - permed hair, beige cardis.

- Deborah Moggach

I do believe that we baby-boomers are reinventing ageing as we enter it. We're living longer and expecting more from life; the success of 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' and other films and novels about finding love late in life, have shown that if we're up for it, there are adventures awaiting us.

- Deborah Moggach

You can cycle through London on the side streets, which are less polluted - and much more interesting anyway.

- Deborah Moggach

Cycling is the only way to free ourselves from the misery of the Tube, the wall-to-wall buses that line Oxford Street, the hopelessness of even thinking about driving.

- Deborah Moggach

I like missing someone and being missed; I like looking forward to seeing him again. I like getting emails and texts with lots of xxx's.

- Deborah Moggach

I did have a go with Botox, but I couldn't move my eyebrows. I also, at one point, had that filler stuff injected, but I looked like a hamster with wodges of food in its cheeks, so I stopped that.

- Deborah Moggach

'Tulip Fever' did change my life. It did that thing that sometimes happens when a book takes off - it opened doors on to whole other worlds.

- Deborah Moggach

I have a hippopotamus skull next to my bed, called Gregory. When I was six, my three sisters and I clubbed together and paid £4 for it in a junk shop. We collected owl pellets, ostrich eggs and sheep skulls for our natural history museum at home.

- Deborah Moggach

It's a very rich brew that's in your psyche by the time you're in your 60s, and I think that's rather interesting. It makes you feel you've lived a very long life; it's like going on holiday to three different cities rather than spending two weeks in Lisbon. You look back on the holiday, and you seem to have been away forever.

- Deborah Moggach

Writing a novel is a huge adventure; when it's going well it's more fun than fun. When it stutters to a halt put it aside. Go for a swim, go for a walk, take a week off. Don't panic or be afraid; you and your characters are in it together. Trust them to come to your rescue.

- Deborah Moggach

I was never a lonely child who sat looking at the rain sliding down the window.

- Deborah Moggach

It was very liberating, living in a foreign country, a place where everything was new and strange - the food, the customs, the climate, everything.

- Deborah Moggach

Nothing beats weaving through the rush-hour traffic or whizzing past the eternal gridlock that is the Strand.

- Deborah Moggach

Once you start cycling, the city opens up for you. No longer are you fighting it, hot and frustrated; no longer are you at the mercy of bus drivers, roadworks, decisions made by others and over which you have no control. Believe me, once you've tasted this freedom, you're hooked.

- Deborah Moggach

All I want is for people, when they read my books, to feel companioned, to feel they're not alone in the world.

- Deborah Moggach

I've had a very lucky life because I'm of this generation where everything was possible.

- Deborah Moggach

I've written something like 17 novels, which isn't bad, I suppose, but my father wrote 120 books, my mother 40. In comparison, I'm lazy.

- Deborah Moggach

I feel as if someone is going to come along, feel my collar and say: 'Do you really think you can get people to read books you've made up about people that don't exist?'

- Deborah Moggach

Whining writers are a hideous sight; we should really shut up, because we are lucky if we can cobble together a living from all of this.

- Deborah Moggach

Bringing my two children up while writing was just a part of life. I'd much rather have had their interruptions than been stuck in a sterile office. This way, I had welcome distractions. I had to load the washing machine, I had to go out and buy lemons.

- Deborah Moggach

Don't start writing your novel until you know your characters very, very well. What they'd do if they saw somebody shoplifting. What they were like at school. What shoes they wear. Spend days - weeks, months - being them until they thicken up and start to breathe.

- Deborah Moggach

Psych yourself up until you're confident that the world will be interested in what happens to your characters. Confidence is key.

- Deborah Moggach

Discover the times when you're most creative - mornings, nights, afternoons - and clear the time to work then. Many writers find the mornings are best, and the afternoons are only good for editorial corrections, or getting the washing done. Others can only work through the night, drunk.

- Deborah Moggach

I'm always running my mouth off and getting myself in trouble, so I'm trying to do it less.

- Deborah Moggach

It's not a failure if a marriage or partnership ends after a certain number of years. I think, in general, we expect too much of partners. We can't fulfil a person's every single need and, after ten years or so, many relationships wear out. If we were more philosophical about it, we wouldn't try to blame the other person or be bitter.

- Deborah Moggach

Men take much more notice of older women in France, so I might move there. I think I'm a good bet.

- Deborah Moggach

I'm quite easy to live with and very easy going.

- Deborah Moggach

I am a great believer in having the power to end your life and knowing that, in extremis, you can. But I would not want to involve anybody else in my actions if it could imperil them.

- Deborah Moggach

If people want to take their lives and are helped to do so, the punishment is tragic for all concerned.

- Deborah Moggach

One sees more and more people who are miserable and demented and you feel it would be both kind and wise to leave them a few pills.

- Deborah Moggach

My perfect day is to work incredibly well in the morning and write something wonderful, then take the dog for a walk and go for a swim in the ladies' ponds on Hampstead Heath or work in my allotment. Then I get tarted up in the evening and go out in London to dinner or the cinema.

- Deborah Moggach

I'm mad about gardening. I have an allotment on the other side of Hampstead Heath, and I keep three hens in my garden.

- Deborah Moggach

Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end.

- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach

Sophia will not come. How mad he is to imagine, for a moment, that she might. Why should she risk everything for him? He can offer her nothing, only love.

- Tulip Fever, Deborah Moggach

I look in the mirror expecting to be 34 and see someone who is 58. What's that all about? I haven't even thought about turning 60 yet, but so many of my friends have celebrated it by now that it's lost its terror. And I don't mind being 58; it's just such a surprise when one doesn't feel it at all.

- Deborah Moggach

I wanted to be a landscape architect, but I trained as a teacher; I worked in publishing; I was a waitress.

- Deborah Moggach

It is a nice sunny day; his bunions have stopped hurting. There is always something to celebrate, in Gerrit’s view.

- Tulip Fever, Deborah Moggach

Who everywhere is free from all ties, who neither rejoices nor sorrows if fortune is good or ill, his is a serene wisdom. Intro to Part 3, Chapter 1. Credit was given to The Bhagavad Gita.

- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach

My favourite room in my house is easily the top room, which is a bedroom but also a bathroom, with a big, wooden carved bath, two huge fireplaces and a raised bit in the corner for performances. I've had some really lovely parties and poetry readings up there.

- Deborah Moggach