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Fiction Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Fiction.

'Tis strange - but true;
for truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction.
- Lord Byron

Related topics: Wisdom

Truth is stranger than fiction,
but that is because Fiction is obliged
to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.
- Mark Twain

For everything observed or experienced,
each of us creates a "story" - not sometimes, but always.
A "story" is the fiction a person tells themselves
about what has happened or is happening.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
- Jessamyn West

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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You read a script and its based on 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction',
and it goes right in the bin.
- Tim Roth

I was always attracted to science fiction movies.
- Tina Turner

I'm only interested in fiction that in some way or
other voices the very imagination which is conceiving it.
- John Hawkes

I think Junior is certainly a science fiction premise as is Twins,
as is Dave, beyond Ghostbusters.
- Ivan Reitman

I'd have been a filmmaker or a cartoonist or something
else which extended from the visual arts into the making
of narratives if I hadn't been able to shift into fiction.
- Jonathan Lethem

To the extent that I come from a deeply religious tradition
and have been contending with those beginnings all of my life -
that constitutes the subject of much of my early fiction.
- Chaim Potok

All that non-fiction can do is answer questions.
It's fiction's business to ask them.
- Richard Hughes

I used to distinguish between my fiction and nonfiction
in terms of superiority or inferiority.
- Peter Matthiessen

It's very strange writing science fiction in a world
that moves as fast as ours does.
- Daniel Keys Moran

New fiction writers are a special breed in my estimation,
and I never dreamed that so many people would be interested,
but I remember being led by God.
- Tim LaHaye

Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been
so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.
- Robert Morgan

I read very widely, both non-fiction and fiction,
so I don't think there's a single writer who influences me.
- Peter Benchley

It's always good when women win things in fiction because
it tends to be more male-dominated,
unlike poetry, which is more equal.
- Carol Ann Duffy

A stage play requires very different craft from a book,
fiction or otherwise, and ditto from a screenplay.
- Dirk Benedict

There is an element of autobiography in all fiction
in that pain or distress,
or pleasure, is based on the author's own.
But in my case that is as far as it goes.
- William Trevor

I think love is a huge factor in fiction and in real life.
Is there a risk? Always.
In fiction and in life.
- Alice Hoffman

First of all, writing at best - certainly fiction writing -
more and more I think is magic.
- Kathy Acker

Science fiction let me do both.
It let me look into science and stick my nose in everywhere.
- Octavia Butler

Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.
- Donna Tartt

Giving the same value to fiction as to fact in the
interest of so-called fairness is to mislead the American
people and the press has become party to that.
- Joe Wilson

I would be more frightened as a writer if people thought
my movies were like science fiction.
- Neil LaBute

Science fiction films are not about science.
They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.
- Susan Sontag

I was a science fiction junkie for a long time.
- William Hurt

I love science fiction.
- Pam Grier

There's a reason why every human society has fiction.
It teaches us how to be 'good,' to behave in a way
that is for the benefit of the whole community.
- Orson Scott Card

Aren't most romance heros, or heros in fiction of any kind,
generally superior to real men? Same goes for heroines and real women.
- Nora Roberts

Journalism allows its readers to witness history;
fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.
- John Hersey

I wasn't trying to top Pulp Fiction with Jackie Brown.
I wanted to go underneath it and make a more modest character study movie.
- Quentin Tarantino

One of the nice things about science fiction is that
it lets us carry out thought experiments.
- Rudy Rucker

We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity.
Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.
- Ben Okri

Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.
- William Blake

The only people who have the long view are some scientists
and some science fiction writers.
- Sheri S. Tepper

When I was starting out, I did not do short fiction well,
because I kept wanting to write books.
- Elizabeth Moon

I want prose fiction to be recognized as that,
and I'm not interested in writing as it becomes more personal.
- John Hawkes

I think good radio often uses the techniques of fiction:
characters,
scenes, a big urgent emotional question.
And as in the best fiction, tone counts for a lot.
- Ira Glass

I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction,
but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration
and a model for the beauty of language.
- Don DeLillo

A predilection for genre fiction is symptomatic of
a kind of arrested development.
- Thomas M. Disch

People ask me how I do research for my science fiction.
The answer is, I never do any research.
- Frederik Pohl

Truth is more peculiar than fiction.
Life is really a startling place.
- Mira Nair

I don't think Pulp Fiction is hard to watch at all.
- Quentin Tarantino

I tend to read more nonfiction, really,
because when I'm writing I don't like to read other fiction.
- Irvine Welsh

As a child, I read science fiction, but from the very
beginnings of my reading for pleasure,
I read a lot of non-fictional history,
particularly historical biography.
- Norman Spinrad

Fiction's about what it is to be a human being.
- David Foster Wallace

The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction.
- Frederik Pohl

The great mystery is why robots come off so well in
science-fiction films when the human characters are
often so astoundingly wooden.
- John Podhoretz

In science fiction, you can also test out your own realities.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Writing fiction, there are no limits to what you write
as long as it increases the value of the paper you are writing on.
- Buddy Ebsen

Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
- Clive James

Fiction is socially meaningful.
- David Guterson

I have done a lot of things outside of Science Fiction,
but there has been an almost disproportionate amount
of that genre in my body of work.
I don't know what to make of it.
- Daniel Dae Kim

My fiction has been influenced by the visual arts,
though not in obvious ways, it seems to me.
I don't offer tremendous amounts of visual information in my work.
- Jonathan Lethem

People who are readers of fiction aren't particularly
interested in comic books.
- Harvey Pekar

A masterpiece of fiction is an original world and as
such is not likely to fit the world of the reader.
- Vladimir Nabokov

My personal feeling about science fiction is that it's
always in some way connected to the real world,
to our everyday world.
- Elizabeth Moon

People realize that Salieri is not the man we saw in the Amadeus movie.
That man had no talent.
It was a great movie, but the Salieri character was a big fiction.
- Cecilia Bartoli

A play is fiction - and fiction is fact distilled into truth.
- Edward Albee

Many fiction writers eventually want to feel that their work forms a single,
unified entity.
- Peter Straub

Science fiction writers put characters into a world
with arbitrary rules and work out what happens.
- Rudy Rucker

Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.
- Paul Theroux

For after my marriage I had made various attempts to write fiction.
They were clearly failures.
- Mary A. Ward

I think I had actually served my apprenticeship as
a writer of fiction by writing all those songs.
I had already been through phases of autobiographical or experimental stuff.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

The present hardly exists, after all-it becomes the past even as it happens.
A tricky medium, time - and central to the concerns of fiction.
- Penelope Lively

Even if you only want to write science fiction,
you should also read mysteries, poetry,
mainstream literature, history, biography,
philosophy, and science.
- Walter Jon Williams

A man's face is his autobiography.
A woman's face is her work of fiction.
- Oscar Wilde


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