Fiction quotes
Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

- Arthur C. Clarke
Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.

- Vidal, Gore
Novels are longer than life.

- Barney, Natalie Clifford
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.

- James, Henry
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.

- Joyce, James
The truth is that literature, particularly fiction, is not the pure medium we sometimes assume it to be. Response to it is affected by things other than its own intrinsic quality; by a curiosity or lack of it about the people it deals with, their outlook, their way of life.

- Palmer, Vance
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
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
Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five-year projections.

- Malcom Forbes
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
Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.

- Guedalla, Philip
Truth is shorter than fiction.

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

- Kundera, Milan
Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.

- Herman Wouk
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.

- Baudrillard, Jean
The trouble with lies was that once started, the fiction had to be continued, and it was hard always to be remembering details that you had made up upon the spur of the moment.

- Elizabeth Aston
By its very nature, the novel indicates that we are becoming. There is no final solution. There is no last word.

- Fuentes, Carlos
I have, indeed, even omitted facts, which, on account of their singularity, must in the eyes of some have appeared to border on the marvelous. But in the forests of South America such extraordinary realities are to be found, that there is assuredly no need to have recourse to fiction or the least exaggeration.

- Stedman, Captain J. G.
There are certain themes of which the interest is all-absorbing, but which are too entirely horrible for the purposes of legitimate fiction.

- Edgar Allan Poe
Would you not like to try all sorts of lives -- one is so very small -- but that is the satisfaction of writing -- one can impersonate so many people.

- Mansfield, Katherine

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