Quotes: fiction

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  • Fiction is a solution, the best solution, to the problem of existential solitude.
    Source: Farther Away: Essays (2012) 40
  • Hunter S. Thompson
    Hunter S. Thompson
    American journalist 1939-
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    Fiction is based on reality unless you're a fairytale artist.

  • Virginia Woolf
    Virginia Woolf
    English writer 1882-1941
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    Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
  • Alice Walker
    Alice Walker
    American Author, Critic 1944-
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    Fiction is such a world of freedom, it's wonderful. If you want someone to fly, they can fly.
  • Tim O'Brien
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    Fiction is the lie that helps us understand the truth.
  • Stephen King
    Stephen King
    American author of horror and supernatural fiction 1947-
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    Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
    Source: It (1986) voorblad
  • Jessamyn West
    Jessamyn West
    American author of short stories and novels 1902-1984
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    Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
  • William Somerset Maugham
    William Somerset Maugham
    English writer 1874-1965
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    For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and significant creatures of fiction than with the irrational and shadowy figures of real life.
  • Arthur Golden
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    Geisha because when I was living in Japan, I met a fellow whose mother was a geisha, and I thought that was kind of fascinating and ended up reading about the subject just about the same time I was getting interested in writing fiction.
  • J. G. Ballard
    J. G. Ballard
    British author 1930-
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    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.
  • Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.
  • Heinrich Heine
    Heinrich Heine
    German poet 1797-1856
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    Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.
  • Antonia Fraser
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    I can't read historical fiction because I find the real thing so much more interesting.
  • Joan Didion
    Joan Didion
    American Essayist 1934-
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    I could talk more directly in a nonfiction voice than I could in fiction.
  • Phyllis Mcginley
    Phyllis Mcginley
    American poet and author 1905-1978
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    I do not know who first invented the myth of sexual equality. But it is a myth willfully fostered and nourished by certain semi-scientists and other fiction writers. And it has done more, I suspect, to unsettle marital happiness than any other false doctrine of this myth-ridden age.