Five Great Quotations about Fiction

“What we call fiction is the ancient way of knowing, the total discourse that antedates all the special vocabularies….Fiction is democratic, it reasserts the authority of the single mind to make and remake the world.” – E. L. Doctorow

“Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself.” – Mason Cooley

“Fiction is about stuff that’s screwed up.” – Nancy Kress

“Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating. ‘Imaginative literature,’ therefore, is either boring or immoral or a mixture of both.” – Simone Weil

“Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.” – Ivana Trump