fiction

Fiction quotes
Fiction
1.

Being is a fiction invented by those who suffer from becoming.

- Dowell, Coleman
2.

How can I tell that the past isn't a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensation and my state of mind?

- Douglas Adams
3.

I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled Science Fiction and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.

- Vonnegut Jr., Kurt
4.

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

- Lessing, Doris
5.

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
6.

Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.

- Woolf, Virginia
7.

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
8.

Thus, in a real sense, I am constantly writing autobiography, but I have to turn it into fiction in order to give it credibility.

- Katherine Paterson
9.

If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead. How liberating to work in the margins, outside a central perception. You are the ghoul of literature. Lovely.

- Delillo, Don
10.

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

- Twain, Mark
11.

The final test for a novel will be our affection for it, as it is the test of our friends, and of anything else which we cannot define.

- Forster, Edward M.
12.

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
13.

Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful.

- Dick, Philip K.
14.

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
15.

Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.

- Vidal, Gore
16.

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

- Llosa, Mario Vargas
17.

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
18.

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
19.

Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?

- Kelvin Throop III
20.

The novel does not seek to establish a privileged language but it insists upon the freedom to portray and analyze the struggle between the different contestants for such privileges.

- Rushdie, Salman


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