Fiction quotes
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
Truth may be stranger than fiction, goes the old saw, but it is never as strange as lies.

- John Hodgman
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
In fiction's grip, we may mortage our homes, sell our children, to have whatever it is we crave.

- Salmaan Rushdie
The house of fiction has in short not one window, but a milliona number of possible windows not to be reckoned, rather; every one of which has been pierced, or is still pierce-able, in its vast front, by the need of the individual vision and by the pressure of the individual will. These apertures, of dissimilar shape and size, hang so, all together, over the human scene that we might have expected of them a greater sameness of report than we find. They are but windows at best, mere holes in a dead wall, disconnected, perched aloft; they are not hinged doors opening straight upon life. But they have this mark of their own that at each of them stands a figure with a pair of eyes, or at least with a field glass, which forms again and again, for observation, a unique instrument, insuring to the person making use of it an impression distinct fromany other. He and his neighbors are watching the same show, but one seeing more where the other sees less, one seeing black where the other sees white, one seeing big where the other sees small, one seeing coarse where the other sees fine.

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

- Hemingway, Ernest
Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.

- Golding, William
Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy.

- Amis, Martin
You know that fiction, prose rather, is possibly the roughest trade of all in writing. You do not have the reference, the old important reference. You have the sheet of blank paper, the pencil, and the obligation to invent truer than things can be true. You have to take what is not palpable and make it completely palpable and also have it seem normal and so that it can become a part of experience of the person who reads it.

- Hemingway, Ernest
One of the proud joys of the man of letters --if that man of letters is an artist is to feel within himself the power to immortalize at will anything he chooses to immortalize. Insignificant though he may be, he is conscious of possessing a creative divinity. God creates lives; the man of imagination creates fictional lives which may make a profound and as it were more living impression on the world's memory.

- Goncourt, Edmond and Jules De
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
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.
Why shouldnt truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.

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

- Bastiat, Frederic
What is life? A frenzy. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a fiction. And the greatest good is trivial; for all life is a dream and all dreams are dreams.

- Calderon de la Barca, Pedro
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.

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

- Kundera, Milan
I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction.

- Ian McKellen
Truth is shorter than fiction.

- Irving Cohen
Victory is a political fiction.

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