Fiction Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Fiction

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Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five-year projections.
~By Malcolm Forbes ~


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


I've always thought of science fiction as being, at some level, a 19th-century business.
~By Robert Reed ~


When I began writing science fiction in the middle '60s, it seemed very easy to find ideas that took decades to percolate into the cultural consciousness; now the lead time seems more like eighteen months.
~By Vernor Vinge ~


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


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.
~By Stanley Kubrick ~


Fiction has a unique role in conveying Truth. In fact, only fiction that is Truth with a capital T is worthwhile.
~By Jerry B. Jenkins ~


We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.
~By Plato ~


I enjoy doing the research of nonfiction; that gives me some pleasure, being a detective again.
~By Joseph Wambaugh ~


I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.
~By Octavia Butler ~


I get offered a lot of science fiction work and there is a new project in the pipeline called Master Race, set in World War II, but that's a little way off yet.
~By Jeremy Bulloch ~


I had been writing fiction since I was in eighth grade, because I loved it.
~By Thomas Perry ~


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.
~By Don DeLillo ~


All the great novels, all the great films, all the great dramas are fictions that actually tell us the truth about us or about human nature or about human situations without being tied into the minutia of documentary events. Otherwise we might as well just make documentaries.
~By Jeremy Northam ~


I had passed through the entire British education system studying literature, culminating in three years of reading English at Oxford, and they'd never told me about something as basic as the importance of point of view in fiction!
~By Philip Pullman ~


I would, however, start writing fiction about 10 years before I actually did, because it's such great fun to do, many times more creative than nonfiction.
~By Judith Krantz ~


That's why I have always admired documentaries, because they open windows that can make you understand much better where you come from, much better than fiction, I think.
~By Walter Salles ~


The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins.
~By Salman Rushdie ~


Impotence, fetishism, bisexuality, and bondage are all facts of life, and our fiction should reflect that.
~By Rick Moody ~


Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker series also shows the potential of lighter fantastic fiction. I read the first, and listened to a tape of a later one, and it's fun.
~By Piers Anthony ~


Fiction came quite a while later. I began with short stories and fiction for children.
~By Helen Dunmore ~


I don't read fiction at all.
~By Brent Spiner ~


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


In the past, it was only in science fiction novels that you could read about ordinary people being able to go to space... But you laid the foundation for space tourism.
~By Nursultan Nazarbayev ~


It was interesting to do a completely fictional piece. You know, Saving Private Ryan was not a fictional piece! So the challenge was: How do you incorporate real emotions? How do you incorporate aspects that people are going to be able to identify with?
~By Vin Diesel ~


I bought a selection of short, romantic fiction novels, studied them, decided that I had found a formula and then wrote a book that I figured was the perfect story. Thank goodness it was rejected.
~By Louise Brown ~


In Poland, my audience is all women between 18 and 30. At U.S. conventions, you have the fantasy and science fiction crowd. At Harvard you have an entirely different audience. It's so schizophrenic.
~By Jonathan Carroll ~


I can't read historical fiction because I find the real thing so much more interesting.
~By Antonia Fraser ~


You really have to soak up the culture of the people to get it right. If you're making a fiction film, it's entertainment, but you want it to be as real as possible.
~By Robert Duvall ~


One of the reasons I did this, because I wasn't really looking for another science fiction film, was that my daughter can see it. She's 9 and it's really a good film for all ages.
~By Sigourney Weaver ~


So I wrote what I hoped would be science fiction, I was not at all sure if what I wrote would be acceptable even. But I don't say that I consciously wrote with humour. Humour is a part of you that comes out.
~By Robert Sheckley ~


I think that it's more likely that in my 60s and 70s I will be writing poetry rather than fiction.
~By Robert Morgan ~


Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say.
~By Raymond Chandler ~


Before I was reading science fiction, I read Hemingway. Farewell to Arms was my first adult novel that said not everything ends well. It was one of those times where reading has meant a great deal to me, in terms of my development - an insight came from that book.
~By Robert Reed ~


There's no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives.
~By David Brin ~


I hesitate to predict whether this theory is true. But if the general opinion of Mankind is optimistic then we're in for a period of extreme popularity for science fiction.
~By David Eddings ~


It would have been easier to have a male protagonist, but I didn't want people to assume that Nikki Hill was me in her entirety because a lot of people just don't like me and I don't think they would be interested in reading about me, even in the fictional context.
~By Christopher Darden ~


Young readers have to be entertained. No child reads fiction because they think it's going to make them a better person.
~By Mark Haddon ~


I have been a reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a long time, since I was 11 or 12 I think, so I understand it and I'm not at all surprised that readers of the genre might enjoy my books.
~By Jean M. Auel ~


Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.
~By Gilbert K. Chesterton ~


I quite enjoy science fiction.
~By Lexa Doig ~


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


Every writer knows he is spurious; every fiction writer would rather be credible than authentic.
~By John Le Carre ~


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


Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself.
~By Mason Cooley ~


Writing is writing, and stories are stories. Perhaps the only true genres are fiction and non-fiction. And even there, who can be sure?
~By Tanith Lee ~


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


I have heard Science Fiction and Fantasy referred to as the fiction of ideas, and I like that definition, but it's the mainstream public that chooses my books for the most part.
~By Jean M. Auel ~


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.
~By Norman Spinrad ~


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


When I'm not writing, I read loads of fiction, but I've been writing quite constantly lately so I've been reading a lot of nonfiction - philosophy, religion, science, history, social or cultural studies.
~By Irvine Welsh ~


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


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


The region west of the Mississippi continued in the popular mind to be a strange land for which the reports of explorers and travellers did the work of fiction, and Cooper's Prairie had few followers.
~By Carl Clinton Van Doren ~


No one was going to stop me from writing and no one had to really guide me towards science fiction. It was natural, really, that I would take that interest.
~By Octavia Butler ~


The fact that it's science fiction gives you the license to do anything you want to do.
~By Lindsay Wagner ~


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


I prefer fact to fiction.
~By Richard Attenborough ~


I like working closely with artists. I think that's very important in fantasy and science fiction - the visual aspect of the worlds and the characters.
~By Margaret Weis ~


The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns.
~By Herman Wouk ~


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


I don't read other science fiction. I don't read any at all.
~By Jack Vance ~


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


I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
~By Aneurin Bevan ~


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


I'm pretty catholic about what constitutes science fiction.
~By Frederik Pohl ~


There is a real connection between Philosopy and fiction.
~By Ken Follet ~


I was looking to do something non-fiction because I had done a strip, 'My Mom Was a Schizophrenic.' I really enjoyed the process of doing that strip, despite its subject matter. To do it I'd had to do a lot of research and reading and I figured I'd like to do that again.
~By Chester Brown ~


I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and started writing science fiction around the same time.
~By Octavia Butler ~


I have written two nonfiction books, I'm embarrassed to say.
~By Dirk Benedict ~


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


A close associate of his gave an interview in which the book was described as quotes 'fiction from being to end'. I suffered trial by tabloid for a couple of weeks, lots of insults in the press, in the columns - this man should be put in the tower and so on.
~By Anthony Holden ~


I sometimes wonder what would've happened if I'd entered the competition instead - I'd probably have come nowhere and given up on the whole fiction game.
~By Paul Kane ~


To me, fantasy has always been the genre of escape, science fiction the genre of ideas. So if you can escape and have a little idea as well, maybe you have some kind of a cross-breed between the two.
~By Sheri S. Tepper ~


I understand that postmodern literature probably means people like DeLillo, The Fiction Collective, but I don't get it that those writers are really influenced by postmodern theorists.
~By Kathy Acker ~


Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.
~By Jimi Hendrix ~


Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful.
~By Philip K. Dick ~


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.
~By Jason Mraz ~


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.
~By Tracey Emin ~


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.
~By Terry Brooks ~


Yes, he wanted me to do Funny Games before, which I didn't want to do because the film was very theoretical - the way people experience violence on screen. There was very little space for fiction, it was more like a sacrifice for the actors than anything else.
~By Isabelle Huppert ~


I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
~By A. C. Benson ~


Many people have observed that truth is stranger than fiction. This has led some intellectuals to conclude that it's stranger than non-fiction as well.
~By Brad Holland ~


I don't really have special rituals, but I don't try to write fiction unless I have a minimum of a few hours. For me, it takes a while to settle into a mode where I'm truly concentrating.
~By Curtis Sittenfeld ~


Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on.
~By David Brin ~


I did documentaries for maybe 10 years before I turned to fiction films.
~By Walter Salles ~


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


I have to do more close research and fact checking for the science fiction. This is not however to say that writing good fantasy does not involve doing good research.
~By Sarah Zettel ~


The idea of copyright did not exist in ancient times, when authors frequently copied other authors at length in works of non-fiction. This practice was useful, and is the only way many authors' works have survived even in part.
~By Richard Stallman ~


I don't read a great deal of fiction, to my shame, other than the classics.
~By Richard Attenborough ~


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


Nonfiction that uses novelistic devices and strategies to shape the work. That's material that I really like.
~By Rick Moody ~


I have always distrusted memoir. I tend to write my memoirs through my fiction. It's easier to get to the truth by not claiming that you are speaking it. Some things can be said in fiction that can never be said in memoir.
~By Armistead Maupin ~


That was par for the course but I also found that commissions were being canceled and in fact I considered this directly libelous - I write biographies for a living as well as being a journalist - for a non fiction book to be called fiction from beginning to end.
~By Anthony Holden ~


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


Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
~By Stephen King ~


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


Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
~By Isaac Asimov ~


My favourite all-time work of fiction: Lord of the Rings. My favourite all-time nonfiction book: Guns, Germs, and Steel. Ask me again next week, you'll get a different answer.
~By Orson Scott Card ~


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.
~By Cecilia Bartoli ~

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