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FICTION
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[ Also see Books Fantasy History Imagination Mythology Novels Reality Romance Story Telling Strange Writing ]

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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