Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.

Oscar Wilde

The best part of the fiction in many novels is the notice that the characters are purely imaginary.

Franklin P. Adams

Fiction is love and hate and agreement and conflict and common adventure, not lonely musings on have-beens and might-have-beens.

A. B. Guthrie, Jr.

Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.

Clive James

Those who say truth is stranger than fiction have wasted their time on poorly written fiction.

Mark Twain

If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.

William Shakespeare

What else are we living for, if not to create fiction? .

Saul Williams

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.

G. K. Chesterton

Faith, as well intentioned as it may be, must be built on facts, not fiction--faith in fiction is a damnable false hope.

Thomas A. Edison

I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction.

Ian McKellen

This is fiction and people should not forget that.

Steve Pontius

I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.

Arthur Christopher Benson

It is a work of fiction. It is a piece of entertainment.

James Mcteigue

Perfection irritates as well as it attracts, in fiction as in life.

Louis Auchincloss

Hack fiction exploits curiosity without really satisfying it or making connections between it and anything else in the world.

Vincent Canby

Any adult can distinguish reality from fiction. But you cannot expect a child to make proper judgements.

Marc Carroggio

It's interesting that 10 or 15 years ago this was science fiction.

Stephen Kane

I remember being a kid and reading all the dog books I could come across, both fiction and nonfiction.

Gail Toracinta

It's really science fiction at its best.

Tracy Mcnamara

Detective fiction is an extremely moral genre, dealing with the strongest violation of the moral contract.

Joanne Dobson

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

Robert Reed

I like science fiction and I read it a lot - if I were a collector, I would bid for his works.

David Anderson

It's really comprehensive. I wasn't familiar with early science fiction. It's cool to see the roots of sci-fi.

Brian Anderson

But in all that, I had not done an adaptation of classic Indiana fiction.

James Still

I'm not a fan of science fiction, personally.

Lake Bell

This is a record-breaking number for a work of non-fiction.

Sonny Mehta

It's either someone impersonating them, or it's an utter work of fiction.

Andrew Kline

The essential quagmire of this book is that on one hand, he tells everybody this is fiction; then on the other hand, he basically tells everybody this is fact.

Mike Stevens

The older I've got the less I find myself going back and re-reading or really reading new fiction or poetry.

Reynolds Price

We run into science fiction pretty quickly. Those guys get there before we do and then we have to go do it.

Vijay Saraswat

The ideal mother, like the ideal marriage, is a fiction.

Milton R. Sapirstein

I write fiction and I'm told it's autobiography, I write autobiography and I'm told it's fiction, so since I'm so dim and they're so smart, let them decide what it is or it isn't.

Philip Roth

Robin Hood has some of the most iconic characters of fiction.

Jane Tranter

It's not a documentary. It's a historical fiction. But we have attempted to make the world, the background, the detail of that world as authentic as possible.

Jonathan Stamp

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fiction parts should be printed in red ink, the fact parts in black ink.

Catherine Drinker Bowen

Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.

Mark Twain

I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction.

Katherine Anne Porter

Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.

Mark Twain

His theory was that non-fiction could be as artful as fiction.

Gerald Clarke

I hardly read any fiction.

Jon Scieszka

That fiction, however, would have enormous consequences.

Ken Alder

Emotional truths can sometimes be conveyed more effectively, more compellingly, through fiction.

Diana Ossana

I don't dictate what humans should read. Only 15-20 percent of men read fiction. The rest don't.

David Booth

The movie is fiction, ... We'd like to keep it that way.

Roland Emmerich

Questions are fiction, and answers are anything from more fiction to science-fiction.

Saul Steinberg

As far as I'm concerned, the only difference between fact and what most people call fiction is about fifteen pages in the dictionary.

Charles De Lint

That argument enters into the equation of fiction and prevents the real judgment of character.

Ronald Harwood

When I'm writing about reality, I'm writing about death. When I'm writing fiction, I'm writing about life.

Ralph Peters

I don't read fiction at all.

Brent Spiner

Truth may be stranger than fiction, but fiction is truer.

Frederic Raphael

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

Gerald Clarke

75% of what happens to Paul Gascoigne in his life is fiction.

Glen Hoddle

The science fiction approach doesn't mean it's always about the future; it's an awareness that this is different.

Neal Stephenson

Finally, I came to the conclusion that 'The Bible Code' is a fiction. There is no code.

Mark Perakh

I'm a devotee of Dracula, which was a pathfinder in horror and vampire fiction.

Tanith Lee

More fact than fiction.


Were seeing in the fiction something that seems absurd, but it's not as absurd as the form in which it's actually being applied on a daily and weekly basis.

William Sanchez

Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.

Paul Theroux

Hemingway's short fiction is what changed American literature.

Michael Reynolds

I think it has science-fiction elements, but I would say that overall it's a mystery.

Shaun Cassidy

What I do now is I write fiction. I ground my fiction in the reality of a place called Los Angeles.

Michael Connelly

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

Richard Hughes

The capacity you're thinking of is imagination; without it there can be no understanding, indeed no fiction.

William Trevor

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

Edward Albee

There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.

E. L. Doctorow

But it's a useful way of increasing sales and drawing attention to literary fiction, which is no bad thing.

Zoe Heller