Fiction quotes
Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really merely commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the planning, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chain of events, working through generations and leading to the most outer results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.

- Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan
A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

- Woolf, Virginia
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.

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

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

- Heine, Heinrich
In the absences of a decent time machine, fiction remains the most sturdy vehicle for visiting other eras.

- Tom Nolan
Jesus of Nazareth could have chosen simply to express Himself in moral precepts; but like a great poet He chose the form of the parable, wonderful short stories that entertained and clothed the moral precept in an eternal form. It is not sufficient to catch man's mind, you must also catch the imaginative faculties of his mind.

- Nichols, Dudley
Although our productions have afforded more extensive and unaffected pleasure than those of any other literary corporation in the world, no species of composition has been so much decried. And what are you reading, Miss -- -? Oh! it is only a novel! replies the young lady; while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda ; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humor, are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language.

- Austen, Jane
Novels are longer than life.

- Barney, Natalie Clifford
It's never too late, in fiction or in life, to revise.

- Nancy Thayer
Space or science fiction has become a dialect for our time.

- Lessing, Doris
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
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
A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.

- Greene, Graham
Democritus plucked his eye out because he could not look at a woman without thinking of her as a woman. If he had read a few of our novels, he would have torn himself to pieces.

- Stevens, Wallace
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.
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
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.

- Asimov, Isaac
All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them.

- Hughes, Richard

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