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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.


Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been."


Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.


Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.




A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.


I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.


We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.


How nice -- to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.


Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.


There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead.


Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.


It was a thunderingly beautiful experience -- voluptuous, sexual, dangerous, and expensive as hell.


If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.


If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC


Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.


All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental.


And so it goes...


Americans... are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be. It must have something to do with the vanished frontier.


I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.


Belief is nearly the whole of the universe whether based on truth or not.


We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.


People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order, so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.

  • anything

Thinking doesn't seem to help very much. The human brain is too high-powered to have many practical uses in this particular universe.


New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.


I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.


Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.


Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.


One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.


I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.


Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.

  • anything



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A sane person to an insane society must appear insane.


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True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.


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Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.


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To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.


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We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.


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People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order, so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.

  • anything

We are all what we pretend to be, but, we had better be very careful what we pretend.


If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy.


People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.


Still and all, why bother? Here's my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.


What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.


People aren't supposed to look back. I'm certainly not going to do it anymore.


Over the years, people I've met have often asked me what I'm working on, and I've usually replied that the main thing was a book about Dresden.

  • people

Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human.


I think a lot of people, including me, clammed up when a civilian asked about battle, about war. It was fashionable. One of the most impressive ways to tell your war story is to refuse to tell it, you know. Civilians would then have to imagine all kinds of deeds of derring-do.


People need good lies. There are too many bad ones.

  • people

When I'm being funny, I try not to offend. I don't think much of what I've done has been in really ghastly taste. I don't think I have embarrassed many people or distressed them.


I'm screamingly funny, you know, I really am in the books. And that helps because I'm funnier than a lot of people, I think, and that's appreciated by young people.

  • funny

One of the things that I tell beginning writers is this: If you describe a landscape, or a cityscape, or a seascape, always be sure to put a human figure somewhere in the scene. Why? Because readers are human beings, mostly interested in human beings. People are humanists. Most of them are humanists, that is.

  • people

Actually, to be an effective person politically in this country, I think you have to be thirty or over, and also you have to be rich, well-placed, you have to be close to power. And I don't think that young people, because they look young, can do much, as I think they are counterproductive.

  • look

There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look.

  • love

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A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.

  • life

How nice -- to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.

  • catatonia

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC

  • blues

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.

  • writer

One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.

  • activism

The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.


Mankind flung its advance agents ever outward, ever outward. Eventually it flung them out into space, into the colorless, tasteless, weightless sea of outwardness without end. It flung them like stones.

  • life

In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in his cosmic loneliness. And God said, Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done. And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat, looked around, and spoke. What is the purpose of all this? he asked politely. Everything must have a purpose? asked God. Certainly, said man. Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this, said God. And He went away.


Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.


Trout was petrified there on Forty-second Street. It had given him a life not worth living, but I had also given him an iron will to live. This was a common combination on the planet Earth.

  • life

You know what truth is? [...] It's some crazy thing my neighbor believes. If I want to make friends with him, I ask him what he believes. He tells me, and I say, Yeah, yeah - ain't it the truth?

  • humor

Everyone now knows how to find the meaning of life within himself. But mankind wasn't always so lucky. Less than a century ago, men and women did not have easy access to the puzzle boxes within them.

  • life

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The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.

  • absurd

I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled Science Fiction and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.


Mankind flung its advance agents ever outward, ever outward. Eventually it flung them out into space, into the colorless, tasteless, weightless sea of outwardness without end. It flung them like stones.

  • life

Science sent the Hubble telescope out into space, so it could capture light and the absence thereof, from the very beginning of time. And the telescope really did that. So now we know that there was once absolutely nothing, such a perfect nothing that there wasn't even nothing or once.

  • science

As a Humanist, I love science. I hate superstition, which could never have given us A-bombs.

  • love

Science is magic that works.

  • science

I am honorary President of the American Humanist Society, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that utterly functionless capacity. We Humanists behave as well as we can, without any rewards or punishments in an Afterlife.

  • science

I was not an anthropology student prior to the war. I took it up as part of a personal readjustment following some bewildering experiences as an infantryman and later as a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany. The science of the Study of Man has been extremely satisfactory from that personal standpoint.

  • science

All writers are going to have to learn more about science, because it's such an interesting part of their environment.

  • science

I had no talent for science. What was infinitely worse: all my fraternity brothers were engineers.

  • science

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If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy.

  • enemy

Still and all, why bother? Here's my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.

  • alone

I think a lot of people, including me, clammed up when a civilian asked about battle, about war. It was fashionable. One of the most impressive ways to tell your war story is to refuse to tell it, you know. Civilians would then have to imagine all kinds of deeds of derring-do.

  • war

I think big business is a terrible thing for the spirit of the country, as our spirit is the best thing about us.


When I'm being funny, I try not to offend. I don't think much of what I've done has been in really ghastly taste. I don't think I have embarrassed many people or distressed them.

  • funny

I'm screamingly funny, you know, I really am in the books. And that helps because I'm funnier than a lot of people, I think, and that's appreciated by young people.

  • funny

When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes on a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed.


I think I belong to America's last generation of novelists. Novelists will come one by one from now on, not in seeming families, and will perhaps write only one or two novels, and let it go at that.


Actually, to be an effective person politically in this country, I think you have to be thirty or over, and also you have to be rich, well-placed, you have to be close to power. And I don't think that young people, because they look young, can do much, as I think they are counterproductive.

  • look

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Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.

  • frustration

All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental.

  • humor

The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.

  • humor

Montana was naked, and so was Billy, of course. He had a tremendous wang, incidentally. You never know who'll get one.

  • humor

Sometimes I think it is a great mistake to have matter that can think and feel. It complains so. By the same token, though, I suppose that boulders and mountains and moons could be accused of being a little too phlegmatic.

  • humor

1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.

  • humor

Well finish your story anyway. Where was I? The bubonic plague. The bulldozer was stalled by corpses. Oh, yes. Anyway, one sleepless night I stayed up with Father while he worked. It was all we could do to find a live patient to treat. In bed after bed after bed we found dead people. And Father started giggling, Castle continued. He couldn't stop. He walked out into the night with his flashlight. He was still giggling. He was making the flashlight beam dance over all the dead people stacked outside. He put his hand on my head and do you know what that marvelous man said to me? asked Castle. Nope. 'Son,' my father said to me, 'someday this will all be yours.

  • humor

The only difference between Hitler and Bush is that Hitler was elected.

  • humor

You know what truth is? [...] It's some crazy thing my neighbor believes. If I want to make friends with him, I ask him what he believes. He tells me, and I say, Yeah, yeah - ain't it the truth?

  • humor

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If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

  • art

We are all what we pretend to be, but, we had better be very careful what we pretend.

  • people

Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-God damn it, you've got to be kind.


Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?




If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy.

  • enemy

In the water I am beautiful.


I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.


The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.

  • absurd

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.


If there really had been a Mercutio, and if there really were a Paradise, Mercutio might be hanging out with teenage Vietnam draftee casualties now, talking about what it felt like to die for other people's vanity and foolishness.


All this happened, more or less.


Montana was naked, and so was Billy, of course. He had a tremendous wang, incidentally. You never know who'll get one.

  • humor

It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead.


All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true.


The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal.


People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.

  • church

Still and all, why bother? Here's my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.

  • alone

I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival.


The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.

  • humor

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

  • communities

To whom it may concern: It is springtime. It is late afternoon.


The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.

  • big

And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles. So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.


I was not an anthropology student prior to the war. I took it up as part of a personal readjustment following some bewildering experiences as an infantryman and later as a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany. The science of the Study of Man has been extremely satisfactory from that personal standpoint.

  • science

The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don't acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead.


Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before, Bokonon tells us. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.


I have no degree in biochemistry, neither do I have one in mechanical engineering, as the Army saw fit to terminate both courses before they were finished.


If you appear in the 'Atlantic' or 'Harper's' or the 'New Yorker,' by God, you must be a writer, because everybody says so.


People aren't supposed to look back. I'm certainly not going to do it anymore.

  • look

Mankind flung its advance agents ever outward, ever outward. Eventually it flung them out into space, into the colorless, tasteless, weightless sea of outwardness without end. It flung them like stones.

  • life

Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people.


During most of my freelancing, I made what I would have made in charge of the cafeteria at a pretty good junior-high school.


Science is magic that works.

  • science

People need good lies. There are too many bad ones.

  • people

I think a lot of people, including me, clammed up when a civilian asked about battle, about war. It was fashionable. One of the most impressive ways to tell your war story is to refuse to tell it, you know. Civilians would then have to imagine all kinds of deeds of derring-do.

  • war

Never index your own book.


Evolution can go to hell as far as I am concerned. What a mistake we are. We have mortally wounded this sweet life-supporting planet - the only one in the whole Milky Way - with a century of transportation whoopee.


True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.


Sometimes I think it is a great mistake to have matter that can think and feel. It complains so. By the same token, though, I suppose that boulders and mountains and moons could be accused of being a little too phlegmatic.

  • humor

I left the Middle West for Schenectady because the General Electric Company offered me a more congenial, better paying job than did anyone else.


In real life as in grand opera, arias only make hopeless situations worse.


Science sent the Hubble telescope out into space, so it could capture light and the absence thereof, from the very beginning of time. And the telescope really did that. So now we know that there was once absolutely nothing, such a perfect nothing that there wasn't even nothing or once.

  • science

When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.


... this is a hard world to be ludicrous in, with so many human beings so reluctant to laugh, so incapable of thought, so eager to believe and snarl and hate. So many people wanted to believe me! Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile!


A chaplain's assistant is customarily a figure of fun in the American Army.


Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.


Anything can make me stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn.

  • look

I let the dog out, or I let him in, and we talk some. I let him know I like him, and he lets me know he likes me.


You know what truth is? [...] It's some crazy thing my neighbor believes. If I want to make friends with him, I ask him what he believes. He tells me, and I say, Yeah, yeah - ain't it the truth?

  • humor

There is never a shortage anywhere of lawyers eager to attack the First Amendment, as though it were nothing more than a clause in a lease from a crooked slumlord.


There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look.

  • love

I get up at 7:30 and work four hours a day. Nine to twelve in the morning, five to six in the evening. Businessmen would achieve better results if they studied human metabolism. No one works well eight hours a day. No one ought to work more than four hours.


Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.


Trout was petrified there on Forty-second Street. It had given him a life not worth living, but I had also given him an iron will to live. This was a common combination on the planet Earth.

  • life

When I'm being funny, I try not to offend. I don't think much of what I've done has been in really ghastly taste. I don't think I have embarrassed many people or distressed them.

  • funny

Be patient, Ophelia. Love, Hamlet


I'm screamingly funny, you know, I really am in the books. And that helps because I'm funnier than a lot of people, I think, and that's appreciated by young people.

  • funny

I am honorary President of the American Humanist Society, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that utterly functionless capacity. We Humanists behave as well as we can, without any rewards or punishments in an Afterlife.

  • science

Ilium, New York, is divided into three parts.

  • first

I was a chemistry major, but I'm always winding up as a teacher in English departments, so I've brought scientific thinking to literature. There's been very little gratitude for this.


I now make my living by being impolite. I am clumsy at it.


I had no talent for science. What was infinitely worse: all my fraternity brothers were engineers.

  • science

It may be that the most striking thing about members of my literary generation in retrospect will be that we were allowed to say absolutely anything without fear of punishment.


Being American is to eat a lot of beef steak, and boy, we've got a lot more beef steak than any other country, and that's why you ought to be glad you're an American. And people have started looking at these big hunks of bloody meat on their plates, you know, and wondering what on earth they think they're doing.

  • america

I hope to build a reputation as a science-fiction writer. That's the pitch. We'll see.


It is a big temptation to me, when I create a character for a novel, to say that he is what he is because of faulty wiring, or because of microscopic amounts of chemicals which he ate or failed to eat on that particular day.

  • character

One of the things that I tell beginning writers is this: If you describe a landscape, or a cityscape, or a seascape, always be sure to put a human figure somewhere in the scene. Why? Because readers are human beings, mostly interested in human beings. People are humanists. Most of them are humanists, that is.

  • people

That's the point. Every kind of animal thinks its own kind of animal is wonderful. So people getting married think they're wonderful, and that they're going to have a baby-- that's wonderful, when actually they're as ugly as rhinoceroses. Just because we think we're so wonderful doesn't mean we really are. We could be really terrible animals and just never admit it because it would hurt so much.


What troubles me most about my lovely country is that its children are seldom taught that American freedom will vanish, if, when they grow up, and in the exercise of their duties as citizens, they insist that our courts and policemen and prisons be guided by divine or natural law.


We would be a lot safer if the Government would take its money out of science and put it into astrology and the reading of palms. Only in superstition is there hope. If you want to become a friend of civilization, then become an enemy of the truth and a fanatic for harmless balderdash.


All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!


That is how you get to be a writer, incidentally: you feel somehow marginal, somehow slightly off-balance all the time.


My cash cows, the slick magazines, were put out of business by TV.

  • business

You can't just eat good food. You've got to talk about it too. And you've got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.


I wanted all things to seem to make some sense, So we could all be happy, yes, instead of tense. And I made up lies, so they all fit nice, and I made this sad world a paradise


Actually, to be an effective person politically in this country, I think you have to be thirty or over, and also you have to be rich, well-placed, you have to be close to power. And I don't think that young people, because they look young, can do much, as I think they are counterproductive.

  • look

Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.

  • existentialism

I am from a family of artists. Here I am, making a living in the arts. It has not been a rebellion. It's as though I had taken over the family Esso station.


I don't plot my books rigidly, follow a preconceived structure. A novel mustn't be a closed system - it's a quest.


Well finish your story anyway. Where was I? The bubonic plague. The bulldozer was stalled by corpses. Oh, yes. Anyway, one sleepless night I stayed up with Father while he worked. It was all we could do to find a live patient to treat. In bed after bed after bed we found dead people. And Father started giggling, Castle continued. He couldn't stop. He walked out into the night with his flashlight. He was still giggling. He was making the flashlight beam dance over all the dead people stacked outside. He put his hand on my head and do you know what that marvelous man said to me? asked Castle. Nope. 'Son,' my father said to me, 'someday this will all be yours.

  • humor

The feeling about a soldier is, when all is said and done, he wasn't really going to do very much with his life anyway. The example usually is: he wasn't going to compose Beethoven's Fifth.


When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes on a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed.

  • beauty

One might be led to suspect that there were all sorts of things going on in the universe which he or she did not thoroughly understand.


When the last living thing Has died on account of us, How poetical it would be If Earth could say, In a voice floating up Perhaps From the floor Of the Grand Canyon, It is done. People did not like it here.


What war has always been is a puberty ceremony. It's a very rough one, but you went away a boy and came back a man, maybe with an eye missing or whatever but godammit you were a man and people had to call you a man thereafter.

  • war

Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human.

  • love

As a Humanist, I love science. I hate superstition, which could never have given us A-bombs.

  • love

About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.


I'm convinced that no one can amount to a damn in the arts if he becomes sweetly reasonable, seeing all sides of a picture, forgiving all sins.


If somebody says, I love you, to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol-holder requires? I love you, too.

  • love

Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John.


This is Sunday, and the question arises, what'll I start tomorrow?


Puny man can do nothing at all to help or please God Almighty, and Luck is not the hand of God.

  • god

Any man can call time out, but no man can say how long the time out will be.

  • time

1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.

  • humor

Everyone now knows how to find the meaning of life within himself. But mankind wasn't always so lucky. Less than a century ago, men and women did not have easy access to the puzzle boxes within them.

  • life

This country is being managed to death, being public related to death.


Younger scientists are extremely sensitive to the moral implications of all they do.


He was talking about the sign that said 'THE COMPLICATED FUTILITY OF IGNORANCE.' 'All knew was that I didn't want my daughter or anybody's child to see a message that negative every time she comes into the library,' he said. 'And then I found out it was you who was responsible for it.' 'What's so negative about it?' I said. 'What could be a more negative word than futility?' he said. 'Ignorance,' I said.


Back in my days as a chemistry student, I used to be quite a technocrat. I was firmly convinced that scientists would have cornered God and photographed Him in color by 1951.

  • god

I consider anybody a twerp who hasn't read 'Democracy in America' by Alexis de Tocqueville. There can never be a better book than that one on the strengths and vulnerabilities inherent in our form of government.


Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.


All writers are going to have to learn more about science, because it's such an interesting part of their environment.

  • science

I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.


I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled Science Fiction and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.

  • science

All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is.


The only difference between Hitler and Bush is that Hitler was elected.

  • humor

There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, I said, but no good reason ever to have without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too. Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. It's that part of every man that finds all kinds of ugliness so attractive.


It was very lucky for me as a writer that I studied the physical sciences rather than English. I wrote for my own amusement. There was no kindly English professor to tell me for my own good how awful my writing really was. And there was no professor with the power to order me what to read, either.


My own feeling is that if adultery is wickedness then so is food. Both make me feel so much better afterward.


Oh, sure, we have another world war coming, and another great depression, but where are the leaders this time?


If you are an American, you must allow all ideas to circulate freely in your community, not merely your own.


I think I belong to America's last generation of novelists. Novelists will come one by one from now on, not in seeming families, and will perhaps write only one or two novels, and let it go at that.

  • think

Over the years, people I've met have often asked me what I'm working on, and I've usually replied that the main thing was a book about Dresden.

  • people

You are better than you think. A-one, a-two a-three.


...we took the 10 machines we agreed were the most beguiling, and we put them on permanent exhibit in the foyer of this library underneath a sign whose words can surely be applied to this whole ruined planet nowadays: THE COMPLICATED FUTILITY OF IGNORANCE

  • futility

In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in his cosmic loneliness. And God said, Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done. And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat, looked around, and spoke. What is the purpose of all this? he asked politely. Everything must have a purpose? asked God. Certainly, said man. Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this, said God. And He went away.

  • creation

profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you.


There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.

  • hope

Anyway -- because we are readers, we don't have to wait for some communications executive to decide what we should think about next -- and how we should think about it. We can fill our heads with anything from aardvarks to zucchinis -- at any time of night or day.


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