A Quote by Vincent Canby on curiosity, fiction, and world

Hack fiction exploits curiosity without really satisfying it or making connections between it and anything else in the world.

Vincent Canby (1924 -)

Source: New York Times, 3 February 1980.

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A Quote by unknown on fiction, politics, and victory

Victory is a political fiction.


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A Quote by Rupert Brooke on fiction, youth, and stranger

Youth is stranger than fiction.

Rupert Brooke (1887 - 1915)

Source: The Houghton Line

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A Quote by Mark Twain on fiction, truth, and probability

Truth is stranger than Fiction, for Fiction is obliged to stick to probability; and Truth ain't

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Thomas L. "Tom" Clancy, Jr. on fiction and reality

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.

Tom Clancy (1947 -)

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on fiction and truth

And truth severe, by fairy fiction drest.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Bard. III. 3, Line 3.

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A Quote by Stephen King on fiction, lies, and truth

Fiction is the truth inside the lie.

Stephen King (1947 -)

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A Quote by Sogyal Rinpoche on absence, desires, egotism, existence, facts, fiction, ideas, interest, irony, knowledge, needs, suffering, survival, and thought

So ego, then, is the absence of true knowledge of who we really are, together with its result: a doomed clutching on, at all costs, to a cobbled together and makeshift image of ourselves, an inevitably chameleon charlatan self that keeps changing and has to, to keep alive the fiction of its existence. . . . Ego is then defined as incessant movements of grasping at a delusory notion of "I" and "mine," self and other, and all the concepts, ideas, desires, and activity that will sustain that false construction. . . . The fact that we need to grasp at all and go on and on grasping shows that in the depths of our being we know that the self does not inherently exist. . . . {The ego's greatest triumph} is to inveigle us into believing its best interests are our best interests, and even into identifying our very survival with its own. This is a savage irony, considering that ego and its grasping are at the root of all our suffering. Yet ego is so convincing, and we have been its dupe for so long, that the thought that we might ever become egoless terrifies us.

Sogyal Rinpoche

Source: Sogyal Rinpoche in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, HarperCollins Publishers, 1993, p. 117

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A Quote by Simone Weil on fiction, imagination, and life

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.

Simone Weil (1909 - 1943)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on facts, fiction, and life

One moment of a man's life is a fact so stupendous as to take the luster out of all fiction.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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