Fiction Quotes

Most popular fiction quotes

Fiction to me is a kind of parable.
Fiction is the higher autobiography.


Biography at its best is a form of fiction.


Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.
Fiction is like life, at least if it is good.
Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.


Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.
A play is fiction—and fiction is fact distilled into truth.


The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.


The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.


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


The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
Good fiction sets off...a vivid and continuous dream in the reader's  mind.
For my own purpose, I defined the art of fiction as experience illuminated.
Fiction is the great repository of the moral sense.  The wicked get punished.
Writing fiction has become a priestly business in countries that have lost their faith.
Fiction stretches our sensibilities and our understanding, as mere information never can.
Fiction happens in the womb. It doesn't get processed in the mind until you do the editing.
Books are acts of composition: you compose them. You make music: the music is called fiction.
All fiction is fantasy, a narrative of a world and people created by the storyteller's imagination.
The art of writing fiction is to sail as dangerously close to the truth as possible without sinking the ship.
Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.


If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely.


Fiction is Truth's elder sister. Obviously. No one in the world knew what truth was till somebody had told a story.
Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.
Fiction is nothing less than the subtlest instrument for self-examination and self-display that mankind has invented yet.
All fiction for me is a kind of magic and trickery—a confidence trick, trying to make people believe something is true that isn't.
Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.
The house of fiction  has in short not one window, but a million...but they are, singly, as nothing without the posted presence of the watcher.
Fiction never exceeds the reach of the writer's courage.  The best fiction comes from the place where the terror hides, the edge of our worst stuff.
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.