«(F)iction is...what ought to have been, not what actually was. At least, not exactly.»

Charles McCarry

«for he had acquired, as time went on, the firm conviction that any thought, even the most audacious, that any fiction, even the most insane, can one day materialize and see its fulfillment in space and time.»

Stefan Grabiński

«Grandfather recently died. He died alone on a trip away from home in a town where no one expected him to be»

Téa Obreht

«Listen." Jennifer reverted, "I didn't mean anything by all of that before. I understand what you were trying to do and ..." She struggled for the right words. "Sweetie, like love, people don't live inside of life, life lives inside of you. Open yourself up to it and there's no stopping your heart.»

Carroll Bryant

«I could almost hear the characters inside, murmuring and jostling, impatient for me to open the cover and let them out.»

Jennifer Donnelly

«I did not want to set my world alight, to watch it burn because of the sister I had come to love too much.»

Sarah Swainson

«I was so drunk I couldn't tell a vagina from a bullet hole»

Andrés Aloi

«Identity politics divides us; fiction connects. One is interested in sweeping generalizations, the other in nuances. One draws boundaries, the other recognizes no frontiers. Identity politics is made of solid bricks; fiction is flowing water.»

Elif Shafak

«God wanted him to go to Him with his deepest needs, to stop looking elsewhere, so that he could be made whole again.»

Jody Hedlund

«One moment of true happiness was worth all the moments of pain. (Jessica)»

Shannon A. Thompson

«Hey, I write fiction. I just make this stuff up, unless I get my hands on some good juicy truth. You know the kind I'm talking about ... that stranger-than variety.»

Dick Peterson

«Some part of me knew from the first that what I wanted was not reality but myth.»

Stephen King

«Everything seemed so unreal—so supernatural—and I had to remind myself that is was. We weren’t human. We never were. (Jessica)»

Shannon A. Thompson

«In the end, fiction is the craft of telling truth through lies.»

Lauren Groff

«Does bad luck come in 3's...or is it multiples of 3?»

Tara Ford

«I couldn't write—or wouldn't write, at any rate—unable to face the grueling self-scrutiny that fiction demands»

Armistead Maupin

«LOVE is the most incendiary element ever known, once it sparks the heart, the flame is inextinguishable.»

H.S. Rissam

«The fictitious kleptomaniac's only crime was stealing imaginations»

Dean Cavanagh

«Stories are Life’s instruction manuals.»

Robert Peate

«[Fiction and poetry] are medicines, they're doses, and they heal the rupture that reality makes on the imagination.»

Jeanette Winterson

«A good friend will help you move, but a true friend will help you move a body.»

Steven J. Daniels

«For the first six months, all whe wanted was honest labor, finely crafted novels, and surf.»

Eve Babitz

«Life is something that no one can teach you,You have to learn it.»

Jerril Thomas Abraham

«Normal people have rock collections, shell collections, key ring collections and stamp collections. (The Captain had even known somebody with a letterbox collection.) But a people collection? That»

Elizabeth Newton

«Novel is a particular form of narrative./ And narrative is a phenomenon which extends considerably beyond the scope of literature; it is one of the essential constituents of our understanding of reality. From the time we begin to understand language until our death, we are perpetually surrounded by narratives, first of all in our family, then at school, then through our encounters with people and reading.»

Michel Butor

«Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.»

Hilary Mantel

«You know, in everyone’s life you go through just trying to learn what one times one is—one times one equals one.»

S.B. Redd

«But wishes are only granted in fairy tales.»

Simone Elkeles

«Remember this above all else: Never, ever appear like you once were, not to anyone.»

Meg Sefton

«You can't show me the Earth from space and fly right past the moon, entice me into this magical machine and invite me to come with you, and then ask me to stay behind!»

Elizabeth Newton