Fiction Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fiction quotes, fiction sayings, and fiction proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.     

Mark Twain

The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.     

Jim Rohn

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.     

Henry Miller

Stories are consoling, fiction is one of the consolation prizes for having lived in the world.     

Don DeLillo

Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.     

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.     

Oscar Wilde

Fiction is based on reality unless you're a fairy-tale artist, you have to get your knowledge of life from somewhere. You have to know the material you're writing about before you alter it.     

Hunter S. Thompson

Fiction is such a world of freedom, it’s wonderful. If you want someone to fly, they can fly.     

Alice Walker

Fiction is burdened for me with a sense of duty.     

John Updike

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.     

Virginia Woolf

Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.     

Paul Theroux

Fiction is too beautiful to be about just one thing. It should be about everything.     

Arundhati Roy

Fiction's about what it is to be a human being.     

David Foster Wallace

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.     

Jessamyn West

Kids, fiction is the truth inside the lie, and the truth of this fiction is simple enough: the magic exists.     

Stephen King

That's what fiction is for. It's for getting at the truth when the truth isn't sufficient for the truth.     

Tim O'Brien

There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.     

Doris Lessing

Fiction is not imagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of reality. This is quite opposite to our own natural tendency which is to anticipate reality by imagining it, or to flee from it by idealizing it. That is why we shall never inhabit true fiction; we are condemned to the imaginary and nostalgia for the future.     

Jean Baudrillard

Good fiction’s job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.     

David Foster Wallace

Good fiction creates its own reality.     

Nora Roberts

The fictional eye sees in, through, and around what is really there.     

Charlaine Harris

Good fiction is made of that which is real, and reality is difficult to come by.      

Ralph Ellison

Fiction is life with the dull bits left out.     

Clive James

Fiction is not a dream. Nor is it guesswork. It is imagining based on facts, and the facts must be accurate or the work of imagining will not stand up.     

Margaret Culkin Banning

For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and significant creatures of fiction than with the irrational and shadowy figures of real life.     

W. Somerset Maugham

Fiction is experimentation; when it ceases to be that, it ceases to be fiction.     

John Cheever

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

Rick Bass

A mans face is his autobiography. A women's face is her work of fiction.     

Oscar Wilde