But I hate things all fiction... there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric -- and pure invention is but the talent of a liar.
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.
The novel does not seek to establish a privileged language but it insists upon the freedom to portray and analyze the struggle between the different contestants for such privileges.
No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.
Democritus plucked his eye out because he could not look at a woman without thinking of her as a woman. If he had read a few of our novels, he would have torn himself to pieces.
There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction there's only narrative.
Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.
Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by.
Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
Fiction is a form of writing which reveals truths that reality obscures.
Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction.
Literature and fiction are two entirely different things. Literature is a luxury fiction is a necessity.
Victory is a political fiction.
Truth is stranger than fiction, but this is because fiction is obliged to stick to probability truth is not.
Truth is more of a stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities Truth isnt.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
It would seem that men always need some idiotic fiction in the name of which they can hate one another. Once it was religion. Now it is the State.
Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.
ROMANCE, n. Fiction that owes no allegiance to the God of Things as They Are. In the novel the writer's thought is tethered to probability, but in romance it ranges at will over the entire region of the imagination ...
Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts.
The best part of the fiction in many novels is the notice that the characters are purely imaginary.
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.
Be not deceived God is not mocked for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Truth is the most powerful thing in the world, since even fiction itself must be governed by it, And can only please by its resemblance.
Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.