„Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.“

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„fiction always surpasses reality but reality is always richer than fiction.“

—  Javier Cercas Spanish writer, journalist and professor of Spanish literature 1962

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„The difference between reality and fiction? Fiction has to make sense.“

—  Tom Clancy American author 1947 - 2013

Attributed to an interview on Larry King Live; also quoted in Quotable Quotes (1997) edited by Deborah Deford
Attributed variant: The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
Clancy here expresses an idea evoked in similar statements made by others, all derived from the orignial made by Lord Byron:
Lord Byron: Truth is always strange; stranger than fiction.
Mark Twain: Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities, truth isn't.
G. K. Chesterton: Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction, for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
Leo Rosten: Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense. (attributed)
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„Non-fiction contains facts, fiction contains truth.“

—  Clive Barker author, film director and visual artist 1952

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„A play is fiction — and fiction is fact distilled into truth.“

—  Edward Albee American playwright 1928 - 2016

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„In truth the Theatre of the Oppressed has no end, because everything which happens in it must extend into life….The Theatre of the Oppressed is located precisely on the frontier between fiction and reality – and this border must be crossed. If the show starts in fiction, its objective is to become integrated into reality, into life.“

—  Augusto Boal Brazilian writer 1931 - 2009

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Contexto: In truth the Theatre of the Oppressed has no end, because everything which happens in it must extend into life…. The Theatre of the Oppressed is located precisely on the frontier between fiction and reality – and this border must be crossed. If the show starts in fiction, its objective is to become integrated into reality, into life. Now in 1992, when so many certainties have become so many doubts, when so many dreams have withered on exposure to sunlight, and so many hopes have become as many deceptions – now that we are living through times and situations of great perplexity, full of doubts and uncertainties, now more than ever I believe it is time for a theatre which, at its best, will ask the right questions at the right times. Let us be democratic and ask our audiences to tell us their desires, and let us show them alternatives. Let us hope that one day – please, not too far in the future – we’ll be able to convince or force our governments, our leaders, to do the same; to ask their audiences – us – what they should do, so as to make this world a place to live and be happy in – yes, it is possible – rather than just a vast market in which we sell our goods and our souls. Let’s hope. Let’s work for it!

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„Good fiction creates its own reality.“

—  Nora Roberts American romance writer 1950

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„Reality, as usual, beats fiction out of sight.“

—  Joseph Conrad Polish-British writer 1857 - 1924

Letter (September 1915), published in The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, edited by Frederick R. Karl and Laurence Davies, Vol. 5, p. 509 ISBN 0521323894

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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 American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

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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„Fiction is Truth's elder sister.“

—  Rudyard Kipling English short-story writer, poet, and novelist 1865 - 1936

"Fiction", speech to the Royal Society of Literature, June 1926; published in Writings on Writing: Rudyard Kipling (1996), ed. Sandra Kemp and Lisa Lewis, p. 80 http://books.google.com/books?id=-AQStA5QMjwC&q=%22elder+sister%22&pg=PA80
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Contexto: Fiction is Truth's elder sister. Obviously. No one in the world knew what truth was till some one had told a story.

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„Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.“

—  J. G. Ballard British writer 1930 - 2009

"Inner Landscape : Interview with J.G. Ballard" by Robert Lightfoot and David Pendleton, in Friends No. 17 (30 October 1970) http://www.jgballard.ca/media/1970_oct_friends_magazine.html; also quoted in The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1993) by Robert Andrews
Contexto: A hundred years ago one has the impression that people had made a clear distinction between the outer world of work and of agriculture, commerce and social relationships — which was real — and the inner world of their own minds, day-dreams and hopes. Fiction on the one hand; reality on the other. This reality which surrounded individuals, the writer's role of inventing a fiction that encapsulated various experiences going on in the real world and dramatising them in fictional form, worked. Now the whole situation has been reversed. The exterior landscapes of the seventies are almost entirely fictional ones created by advertising, mass merchandising… politics conducted as advertising. It is very difficult for the writer.
Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.

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„Christ sought to remove that which obscured the truth.“

—  Ellen G. White, livro Christ's Object Lessons

Fonte: Christ's Object Lessons (1900), Ch. 1, p. 19
Contexto: Not only the things of nature, but the sacrificial service and the Scriptures themselves — all given to reveal God — were so perverted that they became the means of concealing Him.
Christ sought to remove that which obscured the truth. The veil that sin has cast over the face of nature, He came to draw aside, bringing to view the spiritual glory that all things were created to reflect. His words placed the teachings of nature as well as of the Bible in a new aspect, and made them a new revelation.

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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)
Contexto: 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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