Fiction quotes

Victory is a political fiction.


When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

- Hemingway, Ernest

Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.

- Ivana Trump

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.

- Wilde, Oscar

Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties.

- Irving, John

Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.

- Mark Twain

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

- Woolf, Virginia

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.

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

The time-honored bread-sauce of the happy ending.

- James, Henry

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

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

- Dowell, Coleman

Our revolution has made me feel the full force of the axiom that history is fiction and I am convinced that chance and intrigue have produced more heroes than genius and virtue.

- Maximilien Robespierre

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -- a lot passes you by -- simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.

- Brookner, Anita

Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.

- G. K. Chesterton

It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.

- Huxley, Aldous

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

- Malcom Forbes

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

The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conduced, will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is something else which has the power to awaken us to the truth. It is the works of writers of genius. They give us, in the guise of fiction, something equivalent to the actual density of the real, that density which life offers us every day but which we are unable to grasp because we are amusing ourselves with lies.

- Weil, Simone

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