Quote by Tim O'Brien
A lie, sometimes, can be truer than the truth, which is why fiction gets written.
This quote suggests that in certain situations, a lie or fiction can convey a deeper truth or understanding that the truth itself may fail to capture. It implies that through fiction, writers can explore complex themes, emotions, and ideas that may not be adequately conveyed by factual accounts of reality. By bending the truth or creating hypothetical scenarios, fiction can unveil profound insights and provoke deeper reflections on the human condition that may ultimately be more truthful than objective facts.
I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values.