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  • Let it be fact, one feels, or let it be fiction; the imagination will not serve under two masters simultaneously.

    • Virginia Woolf,
    • "Poetry, Fiction, and the Future," in David Hume, ed., Selected Essays ()
  • [On nonfiction:] At its height it is scholarship clothed in poetry.

  • ... the challenge of nonfiction is to marry art and truth.

  • To be a nonfiction writer is never to let a story get in the way of good facts.

  • In reference works, as in sin, omission is as bad as willful misbehavior.