Quotes: fiction

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  • Coleman Dowell
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    Being is a fiction invented by those who suffer from becoming.
  • Philip Guedalla
    Philip Guedalla
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    Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.
  • Lord George Byron
    Lord George Byron
    English poet 1788-1824
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    But I hate things all fiction... there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric - and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.
  • C. Wright Mills
    C. Wright Mills
    American sociologist 1916-1962
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    Commercial jazz, soap opera, pulp fiction, comic strips, the movies set the images, mannerisms, standards, and aims of the urban masses. In one way or another, everyone is equal before these cultural machines; like technology itself, the mass media are nearly universal in their incidence and appeal. They are a kind of common denominator, a kind of scheme for pre-scheduled, mass emotions.
  • Alfred de Vigny
    Alfred de Vigny
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    Do you not see with your own eyes the chrysalis fact assume by degrees the wings of fiction?
  • Every time I write a new novel about something sombre and sobering and terrible I think, 'oh Lord, they're not going to want to go here'. But they do. Readers of fiction read, I think, for a deeper embrace of the world, of reality. And that's brave.
  • Philip Roth
    Philip Roth
    American Novelist 1933-
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    Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.
  • A. N. Wilson
    A. N. Wilson
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    Everyone writes in Tolstoy's shadow, whether one feels oneself to be Tolstoyan or not. His influence on the dissident writers of the Soviet Uniton was enormous. Figures like Grossman or Solzhenitsyn, although their language is less elevated, were dominated by a Tolstoyan desire to use fiction to tell the truth of history.
  • J. G. Ballard
    J. G. Ballard
    British author 1930-
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    Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.
  • Fiction and essays can create empathy for the theoretical stranger.
  • Vikram Seth
    Vikram Seth
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    Fiction basically is a form of gossip where you want to enter other people's lives, the lives of people you don't know, and you want to know what's going to happen to them.
  • Ben Marcus
    Ben Marcus
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    Fiction becomes a place where I face certain fears such as losing language or losing my children.
  • J.G. Ballard
    J.G. Ballard
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    Fiction is a branch of neurology: the scenarios of nerve and blood vessels are the written mythologies of memory and desire.
  • Fiction is a particularly effective way for strangers to connect across time and distance.
  • Fiction is a solution, the best solution, to the problem of existential solitude.
    Source: Farther Away: Essays (2012) 40