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Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.

- Burgess, Anthony
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.

- West, Jessamyn
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.

- Asimov, Isaac
íTis strangeóbut true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction: if it could be told, How much would novels gain by the exchange!

- Lord [George Gordon] Byron
Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.

- Ivana Trump
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

- Bastiat, Frederic
I find in most novels no imagination at all. They seem to think the highest form of the novel is to write about marriage, because that's the most important thing there is for middle-class people.

- Vidal, Gore
Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

- Frederick Bastiat
It seems that the fiction writer has a revolting attachment to the poor, for even when he writes about the rich, he is more concerned with what they lack than with what they have.

- O'Connor, Flannery
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.

- James, Henry
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.

- Ballard, J. G.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

- King, Stephen
A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.

- Frye, Northrop
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
A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality.

- Kundera, Milan
Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.

- Woolf, Virginia
When I heard the word stream uttered with such a revolting primness, what I think of is urine and not the contemporary novel. And besides, it isn't new, it is far from the dernier cri. Shakespeare used it continually, much too much in my opinion, and there's Tristam Shandy, not to mention the Agamemnon.

- Joyce, James
One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.

- Miller, Henry
The purpose of a work of fiction is to appeal to the lingering after-effects in the reader's mind as differing from, say, the purpose of oratory or philosophy which respectively leave people in a fighting or thoughtful mood.

Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.

- Updike, John



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