Inspirational Quotes from Chris Cleave

Studying psychology is fun because you’re always looking for the same things I think a writer should be looking for, which is the story behind the story.

Chris Cleave

I like to push characters to extremes so they have to make really tough decisions and there is no life more extreme than that of an athlete.

Chris Cleave

My whole life is my work.

Chris Cleave

If I can’t write it would be as if I died.

Chris Cleave

I’m not happy with just repeating myself.

Chris Cleave

I think, in common with a lot of novelists, I wasn’t the most athletic guy at school.

Chris Cleave

I think that the relationship between two top-level athletes who are rivals is one of the most fascinating human relationships to explore. It’s always one atom away from being a tragedy.

Chris Cleave

It’s extremely hard for athletes to accept what’s happened to them sometimes. It’s hard to be beaten by a small margin, and I’ve spoken with athletes who, for years afterward, have been tormented by the knowledge that, had they done something ever so slightly different, they could have been one-ten-thousandth of a second quicker.

Chris Cleave

I think that there’s something extremely beautiful about the Olympic ideal and its motto – ‘Swifter, higher, stronger’ – it’s such a beautiful motto, and it celebrates everything which is the antithesis of death and dissolution and entropy.

Chris Cleave

The Daily Mail can’t say ‘asylum-seeker’ without saying ‘foreign criminal’ in the same sentence. I’m sure it’s practically editorial policy.

Chris Cleave

I’m a much better writer for being a father.

Chris Cleave

This thing with being lovers, it isn’t like being married.

Chris Cleave

The reason why I love people, and writing about them, is because they don’t always respond with hate and anger. If they did I wouldn’t have a story to tell. Who wants to know about someone who was brutalised and became brutal? I’m interested in the exceptions.

Chris Cleave

I’m really interested in people’s decisions.

Chris Cleave

I’m always determined that as a novelist I’m going to go out there and research my characters very thoroughly before I start writing.

Chris Cleave

There’s what people say, and there’s what people mean, and I like to explore the difference between the two.

Chris Cleave