Quotes: fiction

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  • E. L. Doctorow
    E. L. Doctorow
    American writer 1931-
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    There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.
  • Lord George Byron
    Lord George Byron
    English poet 1788-1824
    Lord George Byron
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    Truth is always strange, stranger than fiction.



  • Francis Bacon
    Francis Bacon
    English philosopher and statesman 1561-1626
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    Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.
  • Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
    American writer (ps. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835-1910
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    Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
  • Leo Rosten
    Leo Rosten
    Polish-American scientist 1908-1997
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    Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
  • Hunter S. Thompson
    Hunter S. Thompson
    American journalist 1939-
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    Truth is weirder than any fiction I've seen.



  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    Gilbert K. Chesterton
    English writer 1874-1936
    Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
  • Ben Okri
    Ben Okri
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    We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity. Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.
  • What a writer can do, what a fiction writer or a poet or an essay writer can do is re-engage people with their own humanity.
  • Pedro Calderón de la Barca
    Pedro Calderón de la Barca
    dramatist, poet and writer 1600-1681
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    What is life? A frenzy. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a fiction. And the greatest good is trivial; for all life is a dream and all dreams are dreams.
  • Jean Baudrillard
    Jean Baudrillard
    French sociologist, philosopher and cultural theorist 1929-2007
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    What you have to do is enter the fiction of America, enter America as fiction. It is, indeed, on this fictive basis that it dominates the world.
  • When I write my books, actually, I'm known for very logical rule-based magic systems. I write with one foot in fantasy and one foot in science fiction.
  • Carolyn Chute
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    When I'm not writing, I do a lot of research reading on the shape of civilization. Fiction can be a lot of different things... but I feel like it's my job to write about the way things are.
  • Bill Nye
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    When we see the shadow on our images, are we seeing the time 11 minutes ago on Mars? Or are we seeing the time on Mars as observed from Earth now? It's like time travel problems in science fiction. When is now; when was then?
  • Bodhidharma
    Bodhidharma
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    Whoever knows that the mind is a fiction and devoid of anything real knows that his own mind neither exists nor doesn't exist.
    Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma