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Fiction may be said to be the caricature of history.
- Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
Fiction is no longer a mere amusement; but transcendent genius, accommodating itself to the character of the age, has seized upon this province of literature, and turned fiction from a toy into a mighty engine.
- William Ellery Channing
The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
- Tom Clancy
Novels are to love as fairy tales to dreams.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Unbind the charms that in slight fables lie and teach that truth is truest poesy.
- Abraham Crowley
Truth and fiction are so aptly mixed that all seems uniform and of a piece.
- Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon
Fiction is of the essence of poetry as well as of painting; there is a resemblance in one of human bodies, things, and actions which are not real, and in the other of a true story by fiction.
- John Dryden
Every novel is a debtor to Homer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have often maintained that fiction may be much more instructive than real history.
- John Foster (1)
Who would with care some happy fiction frame, so mimics truth it looks the very same.
- George Granville, Lord Landsdowne
Truth, severe by fairy fiction drest.
- Thomas Gray
Man is a poetical animal, and delights in fiction.
- William Hazlitt (1)
If you would understand your own age, read the works of fiction produced in it. People in disguise speak freely.
- Sir Arthur Helps
Fiction is most powerful when it contains most truth; and there is little truth we get so true as that which we find in fiction.
- Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)
Fiction is the microscope of truth.
- Alphonse de Lamartine
Tales that have the rime of age.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Wondrous strong, are the spells of fiction.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In employing fiction to make truth clear and goodness attractive, we are only following the example which every Christian ought to propose to himself.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay
Every fiction since Homer has taught friendship, patriotism, generosity, contempt of death. These are the highest virtues; and the fictions which taught them were therefore of the highest, though not of unmixed, utility.
- Sir James Mackintosh
More strange than true, I never may believe
These antique fables, nor these fairy toys.
- William Shakespeare
With a tale, forsooth, he cometh to you with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney-corner.
- Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney),
The Defense of Poesy
An old novel has a history of its own.
- Alexander Smith
The most influential books, and the truest in their influence, are works of fiction. *` * * They repeat, they re-arrange, they clarify the lessons of life; they disengage us from ourselves, they constrain us to the acquaintance of others; and they show us the web of experience, but with a singular change--that monstrous, consuming ego of ours being, nonce, struck out.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.
- Paul Theroux
Those who relish the study of character may profit by the reading of good works of fiction, the product of well-established authors.
- Archbishop Richard Whately
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