The great Thorton Wilder, on the power of fiction:

If Frederick the Great or Queen Elizabeth came to life and read their biographies, they would smile and say, ‘My secret is still safe,’ but if Anna Karenina read the book bearing her name, she would run from the room with her hands over her face crying, ‘How did he know? How did he know?’

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