Fiction Quotes

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.

William Faulkner

Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life.

Simone Weil

Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Fiction is not a dream. nor is it guesswork. It is imagining based on facts, and the facts must be accurate or the work of imagining will not stand up.

Margaret Culkin Banning

The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.

Jim Rohn

Fiction is love and hate and agreement and conflict and common adventure, not lonely musings on have-beens and might-have-beens.

A. B. Guthrie, Jr.

Truth is the most powerful thing in the world, since even fiction itself must be governed by it, and can only please by its resemblance.

Anthony Ashley Cooper

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

John Gay

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

Mark Twain

Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.

Clive James

Fiction is an act of revenge.

John Hawkes

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

Edward Albee

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

Julian Beck

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

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

Ernest Hemingway

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.

Unknown

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

Oscar Wilde

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

Saul Steinberg

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.

Dudley Nichols

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G.K. Chesterton

Romances I never read like those I have seen.

Lord Byron

The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.

Henry James

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.

Salman Rushdie

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Updated On : February 14, 2014
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