Fiction quotes
By measuring individual human worth, the novelist reveals the full enormity of the State's crime when it sets out to crush that individuality.

- Mcewan, Ian
One of the proud joys of the man of letters --if that man of letters is an artist is to feel within himself the power to immortalize at will anything he chooses to immortalize. Insignificant though he may be, he is conscious of possessing a creative divinity. God creates lives; the man of imagination creates fictional lives which may make a profound and as it were more living impression on the world's memory.

- Goncourt, Edmond and Jules De
Thrift of the heart, thrift of the emotions--how are they wasted in these days in reading sensation novels! while British literature--all that the best hearts and intellects among our forefathers have bequeathed to us--is neglected for light fiction, the reading of which is the worst form of intemperance--dram-drinking and opium-eating, intellectual and moral.

- Lecture on Thrift.
Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction.

- Carlyle, Thomas
All the sweetness of religion is conveyed to the world by the hands of story-tellers and image-makers. Without their fictions the truths of religion would for the multitude be neither intelligible nor even apprehensible; and the prophets would prophesy and the teachers teach in vain.

- Shaw, George Bernard
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.

- James, Henry
Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.

- Heine, Heinrich
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

- Mark Twain
All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.

- West, Rebecca
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.

- Wolfe, Thomas
I conceived the whole adventure as a short comic -nonfiction novel- the first. That book was an important event for me. While writing it, I realized I just might have found a solution to what had always been my greatest creative quandary. I wanted to produce a journalistic novel, something on a large scale that would have the credibility of fact, the immediacy of film, the depth and freedom of prose, and the precision of poetry.

- Truman Capote
Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.

- Golding, William
Our interest's on the dangerous edge of things. The honest thief, the tender murderer, the superstitious atheist.

- Browning, Robert
In fiction's grip, we may mortage our homes, sell our children, to have whatever it is we crave.

- Salmaan Rushdie
A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.

- Nabokov, Vladimir
Its never too late in fiction or in life to revise.

- Nancy Thayer
Fiction is not imagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of reality. This is quite opposite to our own natural tendency which is to anticipate reality by imagining it, or to flee from it by idealizing it. That is why we shall never inhabit true fiction; we are condemned to the imaginary and nostalgia for the future.

- Baudrillard, Jean
Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.

- Lessing, Doris
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.

- Kubrick, Stanley
No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.

- Llosa, Mario Vargas

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