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Japanese Fiction Quotes


"All autobiography is fiction." - Sandra Tsing Loh

"Fiction is empathy technology." - Steven Pinker

"Science fiction is anything published as science fiction." - Norman Spinrad

"Truth maybe stranger than fiction, but fiction is truer." - Frederic Raphael

"All fiction is autobiographical fantasy." - James Joyce

"Victory is a political fiction." - Anonymous

"I don't read Science Fiction." - Brent Spiner

"I find Japanese books quite baffling when I read them in translation. It's only with Haruki Murakami that I find Japanse fiction that I can understand and relate to. He's a very international writer." - Kazuo Ishiguro

"I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in poetry." - Lafcadio Hearn

"Fiction is about stuff that's screwed up." - Nancy Kress

"Fiction writing feels more honest to me." - David James Duncan

"There is nothing in religion but fiction." - George Bernard Shaw

"Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction." - Anonymous

"Every fiction has its base in fact." - Gayle Forman

"Fiction is the microscope of truth." - Alphonse De Lamartine

"Truth is always duller than fiction." - Piers Paul Read

"What we remember is probably fiction anyway." - Beryl Bainbridge

"[Statistics] Fiction in its most uninteresting form." - Evan Esar

"Fiction becomes visual by becoming verbal" - William H Gass

"History is an agreed-upon fiction." - Diane Ackerman

"The thing is, all memory is fiction," - Robert Goolrick

"Fiction is not photography, it's oil painting." - Robertson Davies

"Nonfiction is easy and fiction is hard." - Ann Patchett

"Fiction is always really a labor." - Ann Patchett

"A public is a necessary fiction." - Rowan D. Williams

" it's best fiction is medicine." - Dean Koontz

"Good fiction creates its own reality." - Nora Roberts

"I think it's Jerry's masterful fiction writing." - Tim Lahaye

"I've always been interested in science fiction." - Martin Landau

"Palaeontologists use fiction all the time." - Norman Macleod

"I'm a huge science fiction fan." - Emma Caulfield

"You learn a lot, writing fiction." - Penelope Lively

"I rather like getting away from fiction." - Penelope Lively

"My mom introduced me to science-fiction." - Logan Marshallgreen

"I think truth is weirder than fiction." - James Marsters

"Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures." - Jessamyn West

"A public is a necessary fiction." - Rowan Williams

"Science fiction is an extension of science." - Len Wiseman

"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I don't read fiction at all." - Brent Spiner

"You can't be citing Japanese internment camps for anything the president elect is going to do!" - Megyn Kelly

"The problem with fiction, it has to be plausible. That's not true with non-fiction." - Tom Wolfe

"The difference between fiction and nonfiction is that fiction must be absolutely believable." - Mark Twain

"A play is fiction and fiction is fact distilled into truth." - Edward Albee

"Memory is like fiction; or else it's fiction that's like memory." - Haruki Murakami

"[I like to read] spiritual books, non-fiction, fiction, I have my moods." - MC Lyte

"All fiction may be autobiography, but all autobiography is of course fiction." - Shirley Abbott

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

"Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense." - Mark Twain

"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." - Tom Clancy

"His theory was that non-fiction could be as artful as fiction." - Gerald Clarke

"And I grew up on a steady diet of science fiction, especially apocalyptic and postapocalyptic fiction." - Justin Cronin

"In really, really good science fiction, the line between the science and the fiction is blurry." - Damon Lindelof

"Don't make a big distinction between fiction and non-fiction. These are arbitrary distinctions..." - Farley Mowat

"There's an overlap between social-realist fiction and crime fiction - a sweet spot there." - Daniel Woodrell

"Everyone had a Japanese maple, although after Pearl Harbor most of these were patriotically poisoned, ringbarked and extirpated." - Barry Humphries

"My life was very Japanese." - Bryan Clay

"I had just turned 10-years-old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and plunged America into World War II." - Dan Rather

"I'm fascinated by Japanese cuisine." - Eric Ripert

"Yes - 90% of fantasy is crap. And so is 90% of science fiction and 90% of mystery fiction and 90% of literary fiction." - George R R Martin

"Freedom of the will is a psychological fiction." - Louis Berkhof

"Farscape is not what you call hard science fiction." - Ben Browder

"Science fiction is a kind of archaeology of the future." - Clifton Fadiman

"The most popular American fiction seems to be about successful people who win, and good crime fiction typically does not explore that world. But honestly, if all crime fiction was quality fiction, it would be taken more seriously." - George Pelecanos

"Science fiction is for real, space opera is for fun." - Brian Aldiss

"Real life doesn't have to be convincing, but fiction does." - Neil Gaiman

"The most sustained feat of imagination in mystery fiction today." - Lee Child

"Collins masterfully blends fact and fiction...transcends the historical thriller." - Jeffery Deaver

"Writing fiction is like remembering what never happened." - Siri Hustvedt

"Science fiction tends to be philosophy for stupid people." - Chuck Klosterman

"there are elements of truth in all great fiction" - Teresa Medeiros

"Science Fiction: Any scientific acclaim that omits God" - Johnny Hart

"Fiction and non-fiction are only different techniques of story telling. For reasons I do not fully understand, fiction dances out of me. Non-fiction is wrenched out by the aching, broken world I wake up to every morning." - Arundhati Roy

"Implausible truth can serve one better than plausible fiction" - David Mitchell

"When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction." - Stephen King

"Science fiction is not predictive; it is descriptive." - Ursula K Le Guin

"Reduce the fiction and you'll reduce the friction." - Scott Sorrell

"It's not a lie. It's a gift for fiction." - David Mamet

"If it's fiction, then it better be true." - Sherman Alexie

"This novel is fiction, except for the parts that aren't." - Michael Crichton

"It's not a lie. It's a gift for fiction." - David Mamet

"No one in life can ever match fiction" - Sabrina Jeffries

"Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction" - Donna Tartt

"Graphic design is the fiction that anticipates the fact." - Michael Bierut

"All wars are full of stories that sound like fiction." - Javier Cercas

"Science fiction is, after all, the art of extrapolation." - Michael Dirda

"Fiction writers can't be trusted. They make things up." - Dan Poynter

"The purpose of fiction is to combat loneliness." - Josh Radnor

"I've only read fiction, so I don't know anything actual" - Anna Torv

"Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's any less true." - Jodi Picoult

"Science fiction is the agent provocateur of literature." - Dana Stabenow

"The truer the facts the better the fiction." - Virginia Woolf

"Life has no plot, why must films or fiction?" - Jim Jarmusch

"Science Fiction is a branch of children's literature." - Thomas M. Disch

"The aim of fiction is absolute and honest truth." - Anton Chekhov

"You can do anything you like, it's all fiction." - John Gossage

"Fiction writers ca' be trusted. They make things up." - Dan Poynter

"I really don't know enough about the structure of fiction." - Conrad Aiken

"Myth is very powerful and fiction is very powerful." - Jeff Feuerzeig

"What is fiction or cinema if not escape?" - Jeff Feuerzeig

"Happily, fantastic fiction is slowly gaining in status." - Karin Tidbeck

"I read a lot of lot non-demanding fiction." - Dave Barry

"I do not love fiction, I love history." - Duane Hanson

"In fiction, beauty was run-of-the-mill." - Eileen Favorite

"I think fiction recues history from its confusions." - Don Delillo

"Science fiction is not prescriptive; it is descriptive." - Ursula K Le Guin

"The best fiction is far more true than any journalism." - William Faulkner

"The truth is always less interesting than the fiction." - Jeanpierre Dardenne

"I'm a massive science fiction and fantasy geek." - Robert Kazinsky

"I collect books, primarily first-edition 20th-century fiction." - John Larroquette

"Expectation is a statistical fiction, like having 2.5 children." - William Poundstone

"Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories." - Arthur C Clarke

"Before Truman, journalism and non-fiction weren't taken very seriously." - Gerald Clarke

"Moms in fiction and memoir get a bad rap." - Kelly Corrigan

"Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction." - Marquis De Sade

"Truth is weirder than any fiction I've seen." - Hunter S Thompson

"Fiction is based on reality unless you're a fairytale artist." - Hunter S Thompson

"Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction." - Donna Tartt

"Fiction is burdened for me with a sense of duty." - John Updike

"When I die, I'm leaving my body to science fiction." - Steven Wright

"Fiction works when it makes a reader feel something strongly." - Jonathan Safran Foer

"I read mostly fiction, a lot of 19th-century novels." - Ken Follett

"There is a real connection between Philosopy and fiction." - Ken Follett

"Fantasy and science fiction are where my brain lives." - Marie Lu

"Reality, as usual, beats fiction out of sight." - Joseph Conrad

"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction." - Frederik Pohl

"It's clear that science and science fiction have overlapping populations." - Frederik Pohl

"I'm pretty catholic about what constitutes science fiction." - Frederik Pohl

"Fact-checking is so boring compared to writing fiction." - Francine Prose

"'Pulp Fiction' is my favorite movie of all time." - Paul Pierce

"I was a very keen reader of science fiction." - Terry Pratchett

"Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything." - Ivana Trump

"It's hard to do fiction and nonfiction simultaneously." - Erica Jong

"People who love science fiction really do love sex." - Susie Bright

"Fiction is an expressionist painting rather than a photograph." - Josip Novakovich

"The Tale of Genji in particular is the highest pinnacle of Japanese literature. Even down to our day there has not been a piece of fiction to compare with it. That such a modern work should have been written in the eleventh century is a miracle, and as a miracle the work is widely known abroad." - Yasunari Kawabata

"Its a heartening fact about the human race that utopian fiction precedes dystopian fiction in the evolution of literature." - Paul Di Filippo

"If contemporary literary fiction doesn't read a bit like science fiction then it's probably not all that contemporary, is it" - Warren Ellis

"Fact is often stranger than fiction because most writers of fiction try to make their stories plausible." - Richard Posner

"Some people just don't seem to understand the concept of fiction. It is fiction; it ain't true, folks" - Laurell K Hamilton

"There's a fine line between fiction and non-fiction and I think I snorted it somewhere in 1979" - Kinky Friedman

"I always say that writing non-fiction versus writing fiction is a bit like architecture versus abstract painting." - Andrew Lam

"What they didn't realize was that in science fiction is some of the best social fiction of our time." - Doris Lessing

"I lay off a lot modern fiction and only rely on living writers for non-fiction work." - Henry Rollins

"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't." - Mark Twain

"Truth, of course, must of necessity be stranger than fiction, for we have made fiction to suit ourselves." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"I learned to write fiction the way I learned to read fiction - by skipping the parts that bored me." - Jonathan Lethem

"I read pretty eclectically - fiction, non-fiction, and poetry - and I've been inspired and influenced by a number of writers." - Barry Eisler

"Terri and her mother arrived. She was obviously a dedicated stage mother because she was loaded down with camera equipment, looking like a Japanese tourist." - Audrey Meadows

"The Japanese have a word for it. It's Judo - the art of conquering by yielding. The Western equivalent of Judo is, "Yes dear"." - J. P. McEvoy



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