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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on fiction, imagination, joy, life, romance, and yielding

The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conduced, will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on age, art, culture, existence, fiction, genius, imagination, legends, life, men, myth, people, philosophy, reality, and wonder

I was a man who stood in symbolic relations to the art and culture of my age. . . . The gods had given me almost everything. I had genius, a distinguished name, high social position, brilliancy, intellectual daring; I made art a philosophy, and philosophy an art: I altered the minds of men and the colour of things: there was nothing I said or did that did not make people wonder. . . . I treated Art as the supreme reality, and life as a mere mode of fiction: I awoke the imagination of my century so that it created myth and legend around me: I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by M.J. Moroney on fiction and words

The words figure and fictitious both derive from the same Latin root, fingere.

M.J. Moroney

Source: Beware! Facts from Figures.

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

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Mark Twain on fiction and truth

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

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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

Truth is more of a stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by Louis L'Amour on biography, fiction, history, life, nonsense, and time

It is often said that one has but one life to live, but that is nonsense. For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in all periods of time.

Louis L'Amour (1908 - 1988)

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A Quote by Lisa Alther on fiction

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I wrote for twelve years and collected 250 rejection slips before getting any fiction published, so I guess outside reinforcement isn't all that important to me.

Lisa Alther (1944 -)

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on fiction, mistakes, science, and seriousness

I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled "Science Fiction" . . . and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

Source: Wampeters, Foma and Granfallons, Science Fiction, 1974.

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A Quote by John Gay on fiction and risk

When we risk no contradiction It prompts the tongue to deal in fiction.

John Gay (1685 - 1732)

Source: Fables, pt. I, 1727, The Elephant and the Bookseller

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