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#1756 Jean Paul Sartre

As for the square at Meknes, where I used to go every day, it's even simpler: I do not see it at all anymore. All that remains is the vague feeling that it was charming, and these five words that are indivisibly bound together: a charming square at Meknes. … I don't see anything any more: I can search the past in vain, I can only find these scraps of images and I am not sure what they represent, whether they are memories or just fiction. .

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#8126 H. L. Mencken

Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it. .

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#8175 H. L. Mencken

What are the hallmarks of a competent writer of fiction? The first, it seems to me, is that he should be immensely interested in human beings, and have an eye sharp enough to see into them, and a hand clever enough to draw them as they are. The second is that he should be able to set them in imaginary situations which display the contents of their psyches effectively, and so carry his reader swiftly and pleasantly from point to point of what is called a good story. .

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#11320 Isaac Asimov

Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not. .

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#12190 Galileo Galilei

A dialogue between fictional characters Sagredo (named after Galileo's friend Giovanni Francesco Sagredo), Salviati (named after Galileo's friend Filippo Salviati) and Simplicio (named after long dead philosopher Simplicius of Cilicia), from the translations by(1953), unless otherwise noted. .

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#12847 Richard Dawkins

The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully. (pg. 31) .

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#12973 G. K. Chesterton

must ofbethan… for fiction is the creation of the human , and therefore is congenial to it. .

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#16066 Ludwig Wittgenstein

Nothing is more important than the formation of fictional concepts, which teach us at last to understand our own. .

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#18757 John Gay

When we risk no contradiction, It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction. .

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#26649 Emil Cioran

Everyone is mistaken, everyone lives in illusion. At best, we can admit a scale of fictions, a hierarchy of unrealities, giving preference to one rather than to another; but to chose, no, definitely not that... .

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#26690 Emil Cioran

Our place is somewhere between being and nonbeing - between two fictions. .

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#26732 Emil Cioran

Never unreal, Pain is a challenge to the universal fiction. What luck to be the only sensation granted a content, if not a meaning! .

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#27577 Charles Reade

First, think in as homely a way as you can; next, shove your pen under the thought, and lift it by polysyllables to the true level of fiction .

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#28499 Indro Montanelli

The more I deepen the topic of regions (I'm in Milan for this reason), and the more I am dismayed by having to write about it. Little is needed to understand that what these Lombard regionalists are pursuing, knowingly or unknowingly, is a Cisalpine secessionist plan. And, once they've had the instrument, they'll manage to realize it. It isn't for no reason that Bassetti speaks already no longer of "! It wasn't but a fiction, agreed, and in practice it has failed. But with what will we replace it? .

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#32172 Herman Melville

The symmetry of form attainable in pure fiction can not so readily be achieved in a narration essentially having less to do with fable than with fact. Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges... .

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#32649 AnaЇs Nin

The necessity for fiction was probably born of the problem of taboo on certain revelations. It was not only a need of the imagination but an answer to the limitations placed on portrayal of others. .

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#38650 Gore Vidal

By and large, serious fiction was the work of victims who portrayed victims for an audience of victims who, it was oddly assumed, would want to see their lives realistically portrayed. .

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#38660 Gore Vidal

Professor Richard N. Current fusses, not irrelevantly, about the propriety of fictionalising actual political figures. I also fuss about this. But he has fallen prey to the scholar-squirrel's delusion that there is a final Truth revealed only to the tenured few in their footnote maze; in this he is simply na .

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#42909 Sherlock Holmes

Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outre results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable. .

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#45057 Dick Cheney

Let us rid ourselves of the fiction that low oil prices are somehow good for the United States. .

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#47986 Charles Pierce

The quality of feeling is the true psychical representative of the first category of the immediate as it is in its immediacy, of the present in its direct positive presentness. Qualities of feeling show myriad-fold variety, far beyond what the psychologists admit. This variety however is in them only insofar as they are compared and gathered into collections. But as they are in their presentness, each is sole and unique; and all the others are absolute nothingness to it — or rather much less than nothingness, for not even a recognition as absent things or as fictions is accorded to them. The first category, then, is Quality of Feeling, or whatever is such as it is positively and regardless of aught else. .

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#52271 Peter Ackroyd

I think biography can be more personal than fiction, and certainly can be more expressive. .

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#53057 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I am drawn, as a reader, to detail-drenched stories about human lives affected as much by the internal as by the external, the kind of fiction that Jane Smiley nicely describes as 'first and foremost about how individuals fit, or don't fit, into their social worlds.' .

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#54787 Mitch Albom

Whenever you have two characters in a book, whether it's a novel or nonfiction, you run the risk that the reader is going to like one more than the other. They're going to read one chapter and say, 'I can't wait to get back to the other guy.' .

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#54824 Randy Alcorn

Contrary to common belief, Christian fiction did not begin with Catherine Marshall, Janette Oke, or Frank Peretti. .

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#54938 Brian Aldiss

Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts. .

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#57528 Martin Amis

Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy. .

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#57532 Martin Amis

All writers of fiction will at some point find themselves abandoning a piece of work - or find themselves putting it aside, as we gently say. .

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#59077 Keren Ann

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

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#59152 Jean Jacques Annaud

If you make a movie about Elizabeth I, how much of the dialogue is her real words? Audiences know when they go see a movie that it is fiction. .

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#59422 Piers Anthony

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. .

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#59426 Piers Anthony

It would be easier to write a novel without reader input, but I feel the fiction is richer for it. .

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#60614 Jennifer Armintrout

If we truly seek diversity in fiction, we have to let the needs of others come before our need to define ourselves as social justice allies. .

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#62452 Kate Atkinson

The legacy of the fairy story in my brain is that everything will work out. In fiction it would be very hard for me, as a writer, to give a bad ending to a good character, or give a good ending to a bad character. That's probably not a very postmodern thing to say. .

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#62619 Richard Attenborough

I prefer fact to fiction. .

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#62623 Richard Attenborough

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

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#65325 Blake Bailey

With literary biographies, you're either shelved with other biographies or next to your subject's fiction. .

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#65634 Annie Baker

I'm really trying to stop setting my plays in this one fictional town in Vermont. .

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#67356 Iain Banks

Science fiction is trying to find alternative ways of looking at realities. .

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#67993 Pat Barker

What I hate in fiction is when the author knows better than the characters what they should do. .

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#69162 Donald Barthelme

There's not a strong autobiographical strain in my fiction. A few bits of fact here and there. .

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#69248 Cecilia Bartoli

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. .

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#69513 Jacques Barzun

The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction) is that soon there will be more writers than readers. .

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#69815 Rick Bass

Fiction is harder for me than nonfiction - more gratifying, as a result, when it succeeds. .

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#69918 Frederic Bastiat

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

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#70977 Greg Bear

Science fiction works best when it stimulates debate. .

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#73168 Peter Benchley

I read very widely, both non-fiction and fiction, so I don't think there's a single writer who influences me. .

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#73880 A. C. Benson

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

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#75976 Lauren Beukes

It's hard to get justice in the real world. It's possible in fiction. .

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#76001 Aneurin Bevan

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

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