„The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.“

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„To overcome the resistance to truth, literature makes use of fictions that are images of truth.“

—  Harvey Mansfield Author, professor 1932
How to Understand Politics: What the Humanities Can Say to Science (2007), Context: Literature... seeks to entertain — and why is this?... The reason, fundamentally, is that literature knows something that science does not: the human resistance to hearing the truth. Science does not inform scientists of this basic fact.... The wisdom of literature arises mainly from its attention to this point. To overcome the resistance to truth, literature makes use of fictions that are images of truth.

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„Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all.“

—  Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960
Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming (2013), Context: We writers – and especially writers for children, but all writers – have an obligation to our readers: it's the obligation to write true things, especially important when we are creating tales of people who do not exist in places that never were – to understand that truth is not in what happens but what it tells us about who we are. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all.

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„Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.“

—  Albert Camus French author and journalist 1913 - 1960
Disputed, Pablo Picasso said something very similar. Perhaps it is the source? From Herschel B. Chipp’s Theories of Modern Art: "We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand."

„I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction.“

—  Katherine Anne Porter American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist 1890 - 1980

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„The aim of science is to discover and illuminate truth. And that, I take it, is the aim of literature, whether biography or history or fiction. It seems to me, then, that there can be no separate literature of science.“

—  Rachel Carson American marine biologist and conservationist 1907 - 1964
Acceptance speech of the National Book Award for Nonfiction (1952) for The Sea Around Us; also in Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson (1999) edited by Linda Lear, p. 91

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„Truth is stranger than fiction — to some people, but I am measurably familiar with it.“

—  Mark Twain, Following the Equator
Following the Equator (1897), Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar, Ch. XV

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„Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.“

—  Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World
Following the Equator (1897), Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar, Ch. XV Misquoted as "Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense." by Laurence J. Peter in "Peter’s Quotations: Ideas for Our Time", among many others.

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