Fiction Quotes

Questions are fiction, and answers are anything from more fiction to science-fiction.

Saul Steinberg

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

Oscar Wilde

The purpose of a work of fiction is to appeal to the lingering after-effects in the reader's mind as differing from, say, the purpose of oratory or philosophy which respectively leave people in a fighting or thoughtful mood.


It does sound like a science fiction story and I may sound like one of these guys who walks up and down with a sandwich board saying the end of the world is nigh, but the end is nigh...

Lembit Opik

You cannot be free if you are contained withing a fiction.

Julian Beck

A play is fiction and fiction is fact distilled into truth.

Edward Albee

Fiction is an act of revenge.

John Hawkes

Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.

Clive James

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

Mark Twain

When we risk no contradiction, it prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.

John Gay

The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns.

Herman Wouk

A childhood is what anyone wants to remember of it. It leaves behind no fossils, except perhaps in fiction.

Carol Shields

It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.

Mark Twain

I have, indeed, even omitted facts, which, on account of their singularity, must in the eyes of some have appeared to border on the marvelous. But in the forests of South America such extraordinary realities are to be found, that there is assuredly no need to have recourse to fiction or the least exaggeration.

Captain J. G. Stedman

Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.

Benjamin Disraeli

Reality, as usual, beats fiction out of sight.

Joseph Conrad

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Kelvin Throop III

For me the purest and truest art in the world is science fiction.

C. J. Cherryh

The State is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else

Frederic Bastiat

I hate the whole ubermensch, superman temptation that pervades science fiction. I believe no protagonist should be so competent, so awe-inspiring, that a committee of 20 really hard-working, intelligent people couldn't do the same thing.

William M. Kucmierowski

Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on.

William M. Kucmierowski

Science-fiction balances you on the cliff. Fantasy shoves you off.

Ray Douglas Bradbury

People who love science fiction really do love sex.


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