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Fiction Quotes

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'Tis strange - but true;
for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction.
- Lord Byron

Related topics: Wisdom

For everything observed or experienced,
each of us creates a "story" - not sometimes, but always.
A "story" is the fiction a person tells themselves
about what has happened or is happening.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Truth is stranger than fiction,
but that is because Fiction is obliged
to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
- Mark Twain

You read a script and its based on 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction',
and it goes right in the bin.
- Tim Roth

 

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
- Simone Weil

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
- Jessamyn West

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction,
but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration
and a model for the beauty of language.
- Don DeLillo

Ironically, in today's marketplace successful nonfiction has to be unbelievable,
while successful fiction must be believable.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

A lot of the cosmologists and astrophysicists clearly
had been reading science fiction.
- Frederik Pohl

Life is a means of extracting fiction.
- Robert Stone

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

That's why I have always admired documentaries,
because they open windows that can make you understand
much better where you come from,
much better than fiction, I think.
- Walter Salles

The thing about science fiction is that it's totally wide open.
But it's wide open in a conditional way.
- Octavia Butler

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

It's clear that science and science fiction have overlapping populations.
- Frederik Pohl

I read everything: fiction, history,
science,
mathematics, biography, travel.
- Martin Lewis Perl

And by the way, I wanted to point out that Kindred is not science fiction.
You'll note there's no science in it.
It's a kind of grim fantasy.
- Octavia Butler

All fiction becomes autobiographical when the author has true talent.
- Jeanne Moreau

The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction)
is that soon there will be more writers than readers.
- Jacques Barzun

People ask me how I do research for my science fiction.
The answer is, I never do any research.
- Frederik Pohl

Good fiction must be entertaining, but what makes fiction special -
and True -
is that the realness of a novel allows it to carry a larger message.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

Do you not see with your own eyes the chrysalis fact
assume by degrees the wings of fiction?
- Alfred de Vigny

Journalism allows its readers to witness history;
fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.
- John Hersey

I have heard Science Fiction and Fantasy referred to as the fiction of ideas,
and I like that definition, but it's the mainstream
public that chooses my books for the most part.
- Jean M. Auel

Fiction is very important to me.
It's what I do, it's what I do with my life.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.
- Dorothy Allison

I've loved science fiction ever since I was a little kid,
mainly from looking at the covers of science-fiction magazines and books,
and I've read quite extensively as an adult.
- Matt Groening

There is a real connection between Philosopy and fiction.
- Ken Follet

Tasmanian history is a study of human isolation unprecedented
except in science fiction -
namely,
complete isolation from other humans for 10,000 years.
- Jared Diamond

And, of course, some SF is set close enough to here
and now that Anglo and European do apply.
Since many of the writers come from those backgrounds,
so does much of the fiction.
- Stanley Schmidt

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

If life's lessons could be reduced to single sentences,
there would be no need for fiction.
- Scott Turow

A man's face is his autobiography.
A woman's face is her work of fiction.
- Oscar Wilde

Years of science fiction have produced a mindset that
it is human destiny to expand from Earth,
to the Moon, to Mars, to the stars.
- Barney Oliver

That is partly why women marry - to keep up the fiction
of being in the hub of things.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and
told his wife that he was three days late because he
had been swallowed by a whale.
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The present hardly exists, after all-it becomes the past even as it happens.
A tricky medium, time - and central to the concerns of fiction.
- Penelope Lively

Questions are fiction, and answers are anything from
more fiction to science-fiction.
- Saul Steinberg

There's a big overlap with the people you meet at the
fantasy and science fiction cons.
- Fred Saberhagen

The great mystery is why robots come off so well in
science-fiction films when the human characters are
often so astoundingly wooden.
- John Podhoretz

The capacity you're thinking of is imagination;
without it there can be no understanding,
indeed no fiction.
- William Trevor

Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
- Clive James

I believe that, like most writers, my personality comes through in the fiction.
So in that respect my writing can't be like any other author's really.
- Paul Kane

In order to dream, you need to have a springboard which is the facts...
It gives it that touch of reality, and I think that's quite important...
truth with fiction.
- Janet Leigh

Anyway, several rewrites later, Del Rey Books did publish my first novel,
and it did become the first work of fiction on the
New York Times trade paperback bestseller list.
- Terry Brooks

Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been
so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.
- Robert Morgan

I think that there are fiction writers for whom that works well.
I could never do it.
I feel as if, by the time I see that it's a poem,
it's almost written in my head somewhere.
- Sharon Olds

I've always thought of science fiction as being,
at some level, a 19th-century business.
- Robert Reed

Writing is writing, and stories are stories.
Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and non-fiction.
And even there, who can be sure?
- Tanith Lee

So fantasy was fine early on, and when I discovered science fiction,
I was very happy with it, because my first interest
in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy.
- Octavia Butler

I think a child should be allowed to take his father's
or mother's name at will on coming of age.
Paternity is a legal fiction.
- James Joyce

I love science fiction.
- Pam Grier

With science fiction I think we are preparing ourselves for contact with them,
whoever they may be.
- Dwight Schultz

What I like about non-fiction is that it covers such a huge territory.
The best non-fiction is also creative.
- Tracy Kidder

Whoever knows that the mind is a fiction and devoid
of anything real knows that his own mind neither exists nor doesn't exist.
- Bodhidharma

Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.
- Doris Lessing

Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that,
it ceases to be fiction.
- John Cheever

I get offered a lot of science fiction work and there
is a new project in the pipeline called Master Race,
set in World War II, but that's a little way off yet.
- Jeremy Bulloch

A predilection for genre fiction is symptomatic of
a kind of arrested development.
- Thomas M. Disch

Science Fiction will never run out of things to wonder
about until the human race ceases to use its brain.
- Julian May

Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.
- William Blake

People who love science fiction really do love sex.
- Susie Bright

The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns.
- Herman Wouk

I value mothers and motherhood enormously.
For every inattentive or abusive mother in my fiction
I think you'll find a dozen or so who are neither.
- William Trevor

I used to distinguish between my fiction and nonfiction
in terms of superiority or inferiority.
- Peter Matthiessen

I'm not the best audience for that because I'm not
a great science-fiction fan.
I just never got off on space ships and space costumes,
things like that.
- Gary Oldman

Science fiction writers put characters into a world
with arbitrary rules and work out what happens.
- Rudy Rucker

Literary fiction, as a strict genre,
is all but dead.
Meanwhile, most genres flourish.
- Dean Koontz

If you make a movie about Elizabeth I,
how much of the dialogue is her real words? Audiences
know when they go see a movie that it is fiction.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud


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