November 1, 2011

Quote Garden - The Third Person

I write almost always in the third person, and I don't think the narrator is male or female anyway. They're both, and young and old, and wise and silly, and skeptical and credulous, and innocent and experienced, all at once. Narrators are not even human - they're sprites.
Philip Pullman

Consider the difference between the first and third person in poetry [...] It's like the difference between looking at a person and looking through their eyes.
Diana Abu-Jaber

It's harder to write in the third person but the advantage is you move around better.
Ernest Hemingway

The third person is another pair of eyes. The third person is a presentiment of God ... a way to tell the story. It's a box for the endless music that's there between people, waiting to be played.
Ali Smith

Sometimes we enter art to hide within it. It is where we can go to save ourselves, where a third-person voice protects us.
Michael Ondaatje

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