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A Quote by Claude Frédéric Bastiat on fiction

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The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else.

Claude Bastiat (1801 - 1850)

Source: The Law, 1850

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A Quote by Charles Lamb on books, fiction, history, and traditions

I like you and your book, ingenious Hone! In whose capacious all-embracing leaves The very marrow of tradition 's shown; And all that history, much that fiction weaves.

Charles Lamb (1775 - 1834)

Source: To the Editor of the Every-Day Book.

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A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen on biography, facts, fiction, and writing

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fiction parts should be printed in red ink, the fact parts in black ink.

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

Source: Publishers Weekly, March 24, 1958

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A Quote by Brian Wilson Aldiss on fiction, science, and scientists

Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts.

Brian Aldiss (1925 -)

Source: Penguin Science Fiction, Introduction.

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A Quote by Benjamin Disraeli on fiction, love, and romance

Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

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A Quote by Arthur C. Clarke on fiction, politicians, and science

Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

Arthur C. Clarke (1917 -)

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on books, fiction, money, and value

Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: You've Had Your Time, ch. 2, 1990.

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A Quote by Anthony Burgess on fiction, leisure, life, listening, peace, retirement, and war

Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room. Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture.

Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)

Source: You've Had Your Time, ch. 2, 1990.

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on fiction, god, imagination, novelty, romance, and thought

ROMANCE, n. Fiction that owes no allegiance to the God of Things as They Are. In the novel the writer's thought is tethered to probability, but in romance it ranges at will over the entire region of the imagination . . .

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on fiction, men, needs, and religion

It would seem that men always need some idiotic fiction in the name of which they can hate one another. Once it was religion. Now it is the State.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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