Fiction Quotes

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.

J G Ballard

The boundary between philosophy and fiction is not as clear cut as you may think and the two definitely interact.

Ken Follet

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.

Isaac Asimov

A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.

Susan Sontag

Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.

J G Ballard

Facts have long since upstaged fiction, and the novelistic imagination now contents itself with documenting incidents it wouldn't have the temerity to invent.

Peter Conrad

The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.

Tom Clancy

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

Heinrich Heine

Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say.

Raymond Chandler

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.

Tom Wolfe

As strange as this may sound, I very seldom read fiction. Because my novels require so much research, almost everything I read is non-fiction-histories, biographies, translations of ancient texts.

Dan Brown

A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.

Stanley Kubrick

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another..

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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..

Isaac Asimov

As man sows, so shall he reap. In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust..

Charles Chesnutt
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