Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.

— William Gibson

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Time moves in one direction, memory in another.

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Generation X is dead. It has come to mean anyone aged 13 to 55 years old.

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And, for an instant, she stared directly into those soft blue eyes and knew, with an instinctive mammalian certainty, that the exceedingly rich were no longer even remotely human.

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I took Punk to be the detonation of some slow-fused projectile buried deep in society's flank a decade earlier, and I took it to be, somehow, a sign.

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He'd been numb a long time, years. All his nights down Ninsei, his nights with Linda, numb in bed and numb at the cold sweating center of every drug deal. But now he'd found this warm thing, this chip of murder. Meat, some part of him said. It's the meat talking, ignore it.

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A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding.

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I think that technologies are morally neutral until we apply them.

It's only when we use them for good or for evil that they become good or evil.

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When you want to know how things really work, study them when they're coming apart.

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People who feel safer with a gun than with guaranteed medical insurance don't yet have a fully adult concept of scary.

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We are that strange species that constructs artifacts intended to counter the natural flow of forgetting.

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The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead station.

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Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts.

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About William Gibson

Quotes 179 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

We see in order to move; we move in order to see.

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The deadliest bullshit is odorless, and transparent.

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The designers [of the 1930s] were populists, you see;

they were trying to give the public what it wanted. What the public wanted was the future.

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You must learn to overcome your very natural and appropriate revulsion for your own work.

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I can't imagine writing a book without some strong female characters, unless that was a demand of the setting. I actually tend to suspect that in real life, there have always been very strong female characters, but at certain stages of society, they've been asked to cool it.

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There is always a point at which the terrorist ceases to manipulate the media gestalt. A point at which the violence may well escalate, but beyond which the terrorist has become symptomatic of the media gestalt itself. Terrorism as we ordinarily understand it is innately media-related.

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Five hours' New York jet lag and Cayce Pollard wakes in Camden Town to the dire and ever-circling wolves of disrupted circadian rhythm.

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It's impossible to move, to live, to operate at any level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly meaningless fragments of personal information.

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Sometimes, I feel like a time traveller, cause the only way that we can really travel in time is just to get older.

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One of the liberating effects of science fiction when I was a teenager was precisely its ability to tune me into all sorts of strange data and make me realize that I wasn’t as totally isolated in perceiving the world as being monstrous and crazy

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Addictions [...] started out like magical pets, pocket monsters. They did extraordinary tricks, showed you things you hadn't seen, were fun. But came, through some gradual dire alchemy, to make decisions for you. Eventually, they were making your most crucial life-decisions. And they were [...] less intelligent than goldfish.

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Our hardware is likely to turn into something like us a lot faster than we are likely to turn into something like our hardware...I very much doubt that our grandchildren will understand the distinction between that which is a computer and that which isn't.

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I had a list of things that science fiction, particularly American science fiction, to me seemed to do with tedious regularity. One was to not have strong female protagonists. One was to envision the future, whatever it was, as America.

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I don't have to write about the future.

For most people, the present is enough like the future to be pretty scary.

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Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description, as science writers, but there are bad dreams as well as good dreams. We're dreamers, you see, but we're also realists, of a sort.

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I like living in Vancouver .It's more a matter of being a Vancouver loyalist. Harking back to what I said about growing up with the inherent violence in the southern U.S., I'm deeply enamoured of, and entirely used to living in a society with gun laws akin to those of a Scandinavian social democracy .It's a good thing.

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Stand high long enough and your lightning will come.

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I have friends who go [Tokyo] frequently on business, and it sounds interesting.

I've heard that they have for the first time serious drug problems.

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I think I'd probably tell you that it's easier to desire and pursue the attention of tens of millions of total strangers than it is to accept the love and loyalty of the people closest to us.

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Why shouldn't we give our teachers a license to obtain software, all software, any software, for nothing? Does anyone demand a licensing fee, each time a child is taught the alphabet?

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His teeth sang in their individual sockets like tuning forks, each one pitch-perfect and clear as ethanol.

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There must be some Tommy Hilfiger event horizon, beyond which it is impossible to be more derivative, more removed from the source, more devoid of soul.

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When I was a child, science fiction was the first source I've found for information. Science fiction was a very very low cultural stream in those days. It was completly below the radar and no one bothered to censurate it.

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The box was a universe, a poem, frozen on the boundaries of human experience.

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Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination.

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Damien is a friend. Their boy-girl Lego doesn't click, he would say.

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Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description.

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If I were in severely straitened socio-economic circumstances and had to move to the U.S., I'd probably opt for Athens, GA, or Lawrence, KS. As boho guys usually do, live cheap in the Left Bank of Kansas.

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I've never actually been a collector.

I like the learning-curve, but I buy things, sell them to finance other things.

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"Authenticity" doesn't mean much to me.

I just want "good", in the sense of well-designed, well-constructed, long-lasting garments. My interest in military clothing stems from that. It's not about macho, playing soldiers, anything militaristic. It's the functionality, the design-solutions, the durability. Likewise workwear.

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I look at [Toronto] and think well, perhaps my grandchildren will someday look at this stuff with the sort of appreciation I once held for Art Deco. Although I've come to find Art Deco quite creepy too.

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You needed a new pancreas. The one we bought for you frees you from a dangerous dependency.” “Thanks, but I was enjoying that dependency.

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We have no future because our present is too volatile.

We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment's scenarios. Pattern recognition.

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There are bits of the literal future right here, right now, if you know how to look for them.

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I'm not a very intentional writer. I try to be as unintentional as possible. What I basically try to do is invite the zeitgeist in to tea.

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The nature of emergent technology is, as Kevin Kelly once said, right out of control. It's an element of human evolution that's completely out of control. It's sort of driving itself, and I don't see it ceasing to do that.

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To the extent that I can still believe in Bohemia, which I think is very important to me in some way that I don't yet really understand, to the extent that I still believe in that, I have to believe that there are viable degrees of freedom inherent if not realized in interstitial areas.

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