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Fiction Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Fiction

Please enjoy these Fiction Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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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

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

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

 

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
- Jessamyn West

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

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Then I discovered I loved writing poetry more than fiction.
- George Murray

Perfection irritates as well as it attracts,
in fiction as in life.
- Louis Auchincloss

There's a big overlap with the people you meet at the
fantasy and science fiction cons.
- Fred Saberhagen

People look for morals in fiction because there has
always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
- John Cheever

A public is a necessary fiction.
- Rowan D. Williams

In order to dream, you need to have a springboard which is the facts...
It gives it that touch of reality, and I think that's quite important...
truth with fiction.
- Janet Leigh

Literary fiction, as a strict genre,
is all but dead.
Meanwhile, most genres flourish.
- Dean Koontz

I'd always wanted the show to be more reality based science fiction,
something along the lines of The Day the Earth Stood Still,
which I consider to be the classic science fiction film.
- Gil Gerard

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

Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense.
- Leo Rosten

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

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

Memoirs are a well-known form of fiction.
- Frank Harris

It's always a mixture of fiction and your own story.
It's more I recreate atmospheres and moods through songs.
- Keren Ann

There's no end to the inventiveness of critics,
I tell you.
Because they can't write fiction, they put their impulse
into their analysis of work.
- Dennis Potter

The fact is that one of the earliest lessons I learned
in business was that balance sheets and income statements are fiction,
cash flow is reality.
- Chris Chocola

In the meantime, I just have to create those realistic
goals about the fact that I don't have a ton of options
as an actor who's been on a science fiction show for 8 years.
- Michael Shanks

With science fiction I think we are preparing ourselves for contact with them,
whoever they may be.
- Dwight Schultz

For me the purest and truest art in the world is science fiction.
- C. J. Cherryh

As a kid, I didn't read a great deal of fiction,
and I've forgotten most of what I did read.
- Mark Haddon

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

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

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

I never really saw myself as writing science fiction anyway.
- Nigel Kneale

Writing fiction is...
an endless and always defeated effort to capture some
quality of life without killing it.
- Rose Wilder Lane

Now, being a science fiction writer,
when I see a natural principle,
I wonder if it could fail.
- Rudy Rucker

The easiest songs to write are pure fiction.
There is no limit to how you can tell the story.
I find it difficult when I'm replaying an event through a song.
- Jason Mraz

Before Truman Capote, journalism and non-fiction weren't taken very seriously.
- Gerald Clarke

A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the
mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning.
- Susan Sontag

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody
endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
- Frederic Bastiat

I have a kind of standard explanation why,
which goes like this: Science fiction is one way of
making sense out of a senseless world.
- John Sladek

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 no longer feel pressure to produce fiction.
- George Murray

A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction.
It should be a progression of moods and feelings.
The theme, what's behind the emotion,
the meaning, all that comes later.
- Stanley Kubrick

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

I wrote speculative fiction because I loved to read it,
and thought I could do better than some of the people
who were getting published.
- Fred Saberhagen

I think that there are fiction writers for whom that works well.
I could never do it.
I feel as if, by the time I see that it's a poem,
it's almost written in my head somewhere.
- Sharon Olds

The ideal mother, like the ideal marriage,
is a fiction.
- Milton R. Sapirstein

The idea that I'm going to have to sit down to write
some fiction where I'm going to have to think of a
plot would really scare me,
because it would come out a mess.
- Tracey Emin

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

I dig science fiction, though it was never really my thing.
- Yancy Butler

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

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

Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary
field which has no limits,
no parameters whatsoever.
- Theodore Sturgeon

It may be far in the future, but there's some kind
of logical way to get from where we are to where the science fiction is.
- Elizabeth Moon

I love the fact that it's not only about Star Trek,
but about science fiction in general,
and science.
- Rene Auberjonois

Anyway, several rewrites later, Del Rey Books did publish my first novel,
and it did become the first work of fiction on the
New York Times trade paperback bestseller list.
- Terry Brooks

I'm not the best audience for that because I'm not
a great science-fiction fan.
I just never got off on space ships and space costumes,
things like that.
- Gary Oldman

I quite enjoy science fiction.
- Lexa Doig

I tend to resist invitations to interpret my own fiction.
- J. M. Coetzee

Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that,
it ceases to be fiction.
- John Cheever

The doctrine that all men are, in any sense,
or have been, at any time, free and equal,
is an utterly baseless fiction.
- Thomas Huxley

I think the darker aspect of my fiction-or anybody's
fiction-is by its very nature somehow easier to talk about.
- Richard Russo

I just think that fiction that isn't exploring what
it means to be human today isn't art.
- David Foster Wallace

Stephen Hawking said he spent most of his first couple
of years at Cambridge reading science fiction (and I believe that,
because his grades weren't all that great).
- Frederik Pohl

People who love science fiction really do love sex.
- Susie Bright

It's part of a cycle of stories I'm writing where I
deconstruct classic science fiction.
- Cory Doctorow

But I think, and hope, that the novels can be understood
and enjoyed as science fiction,
on their own terms.
- Dan Simmons

It's not highly intellectual material.
I'm dedicating it to the pulp fiction of the past.
- Bruce Boxleitner

I learned to write fiction the way I learned to read fiction -
by skipping the parts that bored me.
- Jonathan Lethem

Some people just don't seem to understand the concept of fiction.
It is fiction; it ain't true, folks.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

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

I have never been a critic of science fiction as a whole.
- Robert Sheckley

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


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