Quotes About Fiction

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Halldór Laxness
“Remember, any lie you are told, even deliberately, is often a more significant fact than a truth told in all sincerity.”
Halldór Laxness, Under the Glacier

Arthur C. Clarke
“But please remember: this is only a work of fiction. The truth, as always, will be far stranger.”
Arthur C. Clarke

Drew Karpyshyn
“Honor is for the living. Dead is dead.”
Drew Karpyshyn, Path of Destruction

Henry James
“She took refuge on the firm ground of fiction, through which indeed there curled the blue river of truth.”
Henry James, What Maisie Knew

Lara Adrian
“It kept him alive, he was certain; even more, it kept his darkest of his demons at bay.”
Lara Adrian, Kiss of Crimson

William Gibson
“The future is there," Cayce hears herself say, "looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become. And from where they are, the past behind us will look nothing at all like the past we imagine behind us now.”
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

Walker Percy
“Fiction doesn’t tell us something we don’t know, it tells us something we know but don’t know that we know.”
Walker Percy

“Now I think I understand how this world can overcome a man.”
James Sullivan

John Ajvide Lindqvist
“No respect for beauty – that was characteristic of today’s society. The works of the great masters were at most employed as ironic references, or used in advertising. Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’, where you see a pair of jeans in place of the spark.

The whole point of the picture, at least as he saw it, was that these two monumental bodies each came to an end in two index fingers that almost, but not quite, touched. There was a space between them a millimetre or so wide. And in this space – life. The sculptural size and richness of detail of this picture was simply a frame, a backdrop, to emphasise the crucial void in its centre. The point of emptiness that contained everything.

And in its place a person had superimposed a pair of jeans.”
John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In

E.M. Forster
“I was determined that in fiction anyway two men should fall in love and remain in it for the ever and ever that fiction allows.”
E.M. Forster

Shūsaku Endō
“Over the years I have forged intimate familial ties with these characters, who are reflections of a portion of myself. Consequently, even a character who appeared only once in a short story waits now in the wings, concealed by the curtain, for his next appearance on-stage. Not one of them has ever broken free of his familial ties with me and disappeared for ever - at least, not within the confines of my heart.”
Shūsaku Endō, The Final Martyrs

Curtis Sittenfeld
“..and I thought how liking a boy was just the same as believing you wanted to know a secret - everything was better when you were denied and could feel tormented by curiousity or loneliness. But the moment of something happening was treacherous. It was just so tiring to have to worry about whether your face was peeling, or to have to laugh at stories that weren’t funny.”
Curtis Sittenfeld, Prep

Kathleen McGowan
“That the stars guide us, but do not compel us. It is our free will that determines the outcome of all things. God does impose his will on us, rather he makes it known and allows us to choose if we will follow it.”
Kathleen McGowan, The Poet Prince

Alan Moore
“When the gap between the world of the city and the world my grandfather had presented to me as right and good became too wide and depressing to tolerate, I'd turn to my other great love, which was pulp adventure fiction. Despite the fact that [he] would have had nothing but scorn and loathing for all of those violent and garish magazines, there was a sort of prevailing morality in them that I'm sure he would have responded to. The world of Doc Savage and The Shadow was one of absolute values, where what was good was never in the slightest doubt and where what was evil inevitably suffered some fitting punishment. The notion of good and justice espoused by Lamont Cranston with his slouch hat and blazing automatics seemed a long way from that of the fierce and taciturn old man I remembered sitting up alone into the Montana night with no company save his bible, but I can't help feeling that if the two had ever met they'd have found something to talk about. For my part, all those brilliant and resourceful sleuths and heroes offered a glimpse of a perfect world where morality worked the way it was meant to. Nobody in Doc Savage's world ever killed themselves except thwarted kamikaze assassins or enemy spies with cyanide capsules. Which world would you rather live in, if you had the choice?”
Alan Moore, Watchmen

John Varley
“We all love after-the-bomb stories. If we didn't, why would there be so many of them? There's something attractive about all those people being gone, about wandering in a depopulated world, scrounging cans of Campbell's pork and beans, defending one's family from marauders. But some secret part of us thinks it would be good to survive. All those other folks will die. That's what after-the-bomb stories are all about.”
John Varley

Judy Allen
“Few humans see fairies or hear their music, but many find fairy rings of dark grass, scattered with toadstools, left by their dancing feet.”
Judy Allen, Fantasy Encyclopedia

Michael Cox
“After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn’s for an oyster supper.”
Michael Cox, The Meaning of Night

Jennifer Donnelly
“I could almost hear the characters inside, murmuring and jostling, impatient for me to open the cover and let them out.”
Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light

Philippa Gregory
“He had taken George, my beloved George, from me. And he had taken my other self: Anne.”
Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl

Jennifer Elisabeth
“Being a Dream Girl is never going to be about what you look like or how much you weigh. After all, our physical appearances are just reflections of our inner worlds. What makes you a Dream Girl is your emotional sensitivity, your self-awareness, and your ability to communicate who you are effectively and compassionately in the world.”
Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl

“Listen." Jennifer reverted, "I didn't mean anything by all of that before. I understand what you were trying to do and ..." She struggled for the right words. "Sweetie, like love, people don't live inside of life, life lives inside of you. Open yourself up to it and there's no stopping your heart.”
Carroll Bryant, Children of the Flower Power

Lani Wendt Young
“His fingers painted my skin with ruby red patterns of desire. In Keahi’s kiss I could taste the red burn of chili encrusted in the rich sweetness of melted chocolate. I breathed in his scent and it spoke to me of vanilla. The ink of my malu tattoo began to burn, searing markings of fiery joy.”
Lani Wendt Young, When Water Burns

J.A. Belfield
“My name's Sean, Jem. I'm Sean.”
J.A. Belfield, Darkness & Light

Susan Vaught
“Some things can be fixed. Some things are just too broken.”
Susan Vaught, Trigger

Isabelle Rowan
“All I'm saying is that there is more to life than the main story. Check out the notes in the margins because maybe they're even more important.”
Isabelle Rowan

Patrick McCabe
“You'll have to learn to forgive," he said. "For if you don't, you know what will happen?"
"What, Doctor?" I croaked, for my outburst had exhausted me.
"It will destroy you," he said as he handed me the tea.
A tear came into my eye when he said it for I knew it was true and I would have loved to be able to do it (not because of its destroying me but because it was right, and deep down I knew that) but I couldn't and the more I thought of it the more the blood came coursing to my head so that whenever I'd write I'd find myself clutching the pencil so tight I broke the lead how many times I don't know, hundreds.”
Patrick McCabe, Breakfast on Pluto

Ted Dekker
“Valerik spit to one side. "We laugh at religion's brand of love, forms and rules that keep the poor feeding from the church's coffers. It is in deed."

"I agree. That kind of love is porcelain-coated balls of dung.

But what of true affection?...”
Ted Dekker, Immanuel's Veins

David Clement-Davies
“The deer hovered by the trees beyond as the sounds of the ravening wolves came to them across the grass, their own senses almost frozen in impotent horror.”
David Clement-Davies

“It was a time before Facebook and Instagram and texting. I imagine it must be easier now, for college students. Home must not feel so far away anymore. But how do you cut the apron strings if the strings are virtual?”
Kirstie Collins Brote, Beware of Love in Technicolor

Jana Oliver
“Wow! It's like magic! she exclaimed.
Simon shook his head. "It's God's love. That's stronger than any magic." - The Demon Trapper's Daughter”
Jana Oliver

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