A Quote by John D. Sedding on belief, day, dreams, fiction, garden, home, paradise, weather, and world

There be delights that will fetch the day about from sun to sun and rock the tedious year as in a delightful dream . . . For a garden is Arcady brought home. It is man's bit of gaudy make-believe his well-disguised fiction of an unvexed Paradise . . . a world where gayety knows no eclipse and winter and rough weather are held at bay.

John D. Sedding

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A Quote by John Adams on fiction, god, laws, miracles, nature, questions, and world

The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: To Jefferson, June 20, 1815

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on fiction, individuality, salvation, and science

Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence . . . has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Isaac Asimov on change, decisions, fiction, science, society, thinking, and world

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. . . . This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.

Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on conservatism, conversation, debt, fiction, history, home, ideas, learning, life, literature, nonsense, opportunity, politics, purpose, retirement, science, present, thinking, and time

History has been kinder to Churchill than many of his contemporaries ever were. Some may be surprised to learn that the following luminary from the field of science-fiction had anything political to say at all: "Winston Churchill, the present would-be British Fuehrer, is a person with a range of ideas limited to the adventures and opportunities of British political life. He has never given evidence of thinking extensively, or of any scientific or literary capacity. . . . His ideology, picked up in the garrison life of India, on the reefs of South Africa, the maternal home and the conversation of wealthy Conservative households, is a pitiful jumble of incoherent nonsense. A boy scout is better equipped. He has served his purpose and it is high time he retired upon his laurels before we forget the debt we owe him. . . ."

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: Tribune article, December 15, 1944

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A Quote by Henry Havelock Ellis on children, fiction, pleasure, and science

Even the most scientific investigator in science, the most thoroughgoing Positivist, cannot dispense with fiction; he must at least make use of categories, and they are already fictions, analogical fictions, or labels, which give us the same pleasure as children receive when they are told the "name" of a thing.

Henry Ellis (1859 - 1939)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on concern, criticism, experience, fiction, imagination, kindness, life, sharing, tragedy, and work

However intense my experience, I am conscious of the presence and criticism of a part of me, which, as it were, is not a part of me, but a spectator, sharing no experience, but taking note of it, and that is no more I than it is you. When the lay, it may be the tragedy, of life is over, the spectator goes his way. It was a kind of fiction, a work of the imagination only, so far as he was concerned.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Franklin Pierce Adams on fiction


The best part of the fiction in many novels is the notice that the characters are purely imaginary.

Franklin Pierce Adams (1881 - 1960)

Source: The Cynic's Lexicon, ed. Jonathan Green, 1984.

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A Quote by Edward Franklin Albee III on facts, fiction, play, and truth

A play is fiction and fiction is fact distilled into truth.

Edward Albee (1928 -)

Source: NY Times, 18 September 1966.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on fiction, imagination, inventions, and truth

Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 116.

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