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Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left
Robert Lynd

Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.
J G Ballard

As strange as this may sound, I very seldom read fiction. Because my novels require so much research, almost everything I read is non-fiction-histories, biographies, translations of ancient texts.
Dan Brown

Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.
Ivana Trump

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

For truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.
Lord Byron

A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
Stanley Kubrick

Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.
Heinrich Heine

I do not see the motivation to lie, it is a known fact that truth can be more interesting than the strangest of fictions.
James Hall

I was a science fiction junkie for a long time.
William Hurt

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
Isaac Asimov

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

I shall speak facts; but some will say I deal in fiction
Ovid

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
Virginia Woolf

Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.
Martin Amis

The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
Tom Clancy

May I try some of your tasty beverage?(Pulp Fiction)
Samuel L Jackson

Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.
J G Ballard

Facts have long since upstaged fiction, and the novelistic imagination now contents itself with documenting incidents it wouldn't have the temerity to invent.
Peter Conrad

As man sows, so shall he reap. In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust.
Charles Chesnutt

The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened.
Tom Wolfe

A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we callwhat he writes fiction.
William Faulkner

The cross is the centre of the world's history; the incarnation of Christ and the crucifiction of our Lord are the pivot round which all the events of the ages revolve. The testimony of Christ was the spirit of prophecy, and the growing power of Jesus is the spirit of history
Alexander Maclaren

75% of what happens to Paul Gascoigne in his life is fiction.
Glen Hoddle

A stage play requires very different craft from a book, fiction or otherwise, and ditto from a screenplay.
Dirk Benedict

Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
Stephen King

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
Virginia Woolf

If you are inclined to leave your character solitary for any considerable length of time, better question yourself. Fiction is association, not
A B Guthrie Jr

The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
Jim Rohn

I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
Aneurin Bevan

The boundary between philosophy and fiction is not as clear cut as you may think and the two definitely interact.
Ken Follet

I think that horror fiction is one of the ways to approach these problems [of death]
Clive Barker

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
Isaac Asimov

I spent several years acquiring the obsessive, day-to-day discipline that's needed if you want to write professionally, then several more, highly valuable years studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa.
John Dalton

What you have to do is enter the fiction of America, enter America as fiction. It is, indeed, on this fictive basis that it dominates the world.
Jean Baudrillard

You cannot be free if you are contained withing a fiction.
Julian Beck

I do not know who first invented the myth of sexual equality. But it is a myth willfully fostered and nourished by certain semi-scientists and other fiction writers. And it has done more, I suspect, to unsettle marital happiness than any other false doctrine of this myth-ridden age.
Phyllis McGinley

I have no talent for nonfiction, that's my problem.
Jonathan Coe

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures
Jessamyn West

It does sound like a science fiction story and I may sound like one of these guys who walks up and down with a sandwich board saying the end of the world is nigh, but the end is nigh...
Lembit Opik

Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say
Raymond Chandler

A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.
Susan Sontag

Lewis goes on to suggest that quasi-realism is a kind of fictionalism,
and it is here that our accord comes under strain. I do not think it is.
Simon Blackburn

The past exudes legend: one can't make pure clay of time's mud. There is no life that can be recaptured wholly; as it was. Which is to say that all biography is ultimately fiction.
Bernard Malamud



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