— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
— John Hodgman, The Areas of My Expertise
The Areas of My Expertise (2005), Or, for that matter, as true. p. 18
„Strange reading? It is meant to be. The world is full of romantic, macabre, improbable things which would never do in works of fiction.“
— Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
Context: Strange reading? It is meant to be. The world is full of romantic, macabre, improbable things which would never do in works of fiction. When those that come within one man's notice are gathered together in a scrapbook, they tell of a world which sobersided folk may not choose to recognize as their own. But it is their own; I have the evidence. Scraps and Morsels (1960).
— H.L. Mencken, A Little Book in C Major
1910s, A Little Book in C Major (1916)
„[W]e would probably claim Kafka as an Irish writer. His tone of voice is certainly quite Irish: that sense of melancholy, that sense of strangeness and of being a stranger in the world. I think that we empathise with that very much indeed.“
— John Banville Irish writer 1945
„How strange that the young should always think the world is against them when in fact that is the only time it is for them.“
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified
— Daniel Defoe English trader, writer and journalist 1660 - 1731
A System of Magick (1726).
„A stranger here
Strange things doth meet, strange glories see;
Strange treasures lodg'd in this fair world appear,
Strange all and new to me;
But that they mine should be who nothing was,
That strangest is of all; yet brought to pass.“
— Thomas Traherne English poet 1637 - 1674
"The Salutation", stanza 7; The Poetical Works of Thomas Traherne, B.D. (London: Bertram Dobell, 1903) p. 3.
„The world’s vast and strange, Hara, but no vaster and no stranger than our minds are. Think of that sometimes.“
— Ursula K. Le Guin American writer 1929
Earthsea Books, The Other Wind (2001), Chapter 2 “Palaces” (p. 72)
„To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
1910s, Prejudices, First Series (1919), ?Ch. ??
„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.
— Arthur C. Clarke British science fiction writer, science writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host 1917 - 2008