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The absurdist stuff wasn't terribly popular at the time I was doing it. ...
by Robert Sheckley

The absurdist stuff wasn't terribly popular at the time I was doing it.
- Robert Sheckley

I'm quite influenced in this by one of my heroes,
Montaigne, who thought a man's real task was to render
as honest an account of himself as he could.
- Robert Sheckley

Once you find you can't walk as far and as fast as you were able,
life becomes more complicated.
- Robert Sheckley

I was forever reading outside of the field as well as in it.
- Robert Sheckley

 

I'm not so interested any more in how a great deal of science fiction goes.
It goes into things like Star Wars and Star Trek which
all go excellent in their own way.
- Robert Sheckley

I like to think that I have no single view nor any
single situation that I think things arrive from.
I try to give examples of what I think are interesting questions for me.
- Robert Sheckley

I was never able to write seriously about heroes because
I was very aware that I was not one and that in my
background there was not this heroic thing.
- Robert Sheckley

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I've always thought of absurdism as a French fad I'd like to belong to.
- Robert Sheckley

I do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck.
- Robert Sheckley

Ethical and questions of philosophy interest me a great deal.
- Robert Sheckley

I have never been a critic of science fiction as a whole.
- Robert Sheckley

A novel is often a longer process in handling self-doubt.
- Robert Sheckley

I'm not too fond of the hard work and the constant
battle with self-doubt that goes on when I write,
but I figure that's part of the territory.
- Robert Sheckley

I knew I was doing something right because it was selling
so I didn't want to interfere with it.
- Robert Sheckley

I don't much like to look back with the idea that I
was doing it wrong then or I'm doing it wrong now.
- Robert Sheckley

I don't finish every story, but I probably write and
send out three out of five of them.
- Robert Sheckley

Science fiction is very healthy in its form.
- Robert Sheckley

A lot of us don't want to be quite that serious about world problems.
Our life is there to enjoy, not to be an eternal dissident,
eternally unhappy with how things are and with the state of mankind.
- Robert Sheckley

There is a great deal of cyberpunk that I admire,
especially the work of William Gibson which I think is excellent.
Somehow he speaks from his own heart and cyber punk is what comes out.
- Robert Sheckley

It takes me a long time to get with a landscape.
It took me 20 years before I wrote anything about Ibiza,
and I haven't written about Oregon yet,
although I've been there 20 years - possibly I'm almost due.
- Robert Sheckley

As far as the mechanics go, working with other people
on received ideas was for me a very interesting technical problem.
I can't say that any of my collaborations engaged my heart,
but they engaged the craftsman in me.
- Robert Sheckley

So I wrote what I hoped would be science fiction,
I was not at all sure if what I wrote would be acceptable even.
But I don't say that I consciously wrote with humour.
Humour is a part of you that comes out.
- Robert Sheckley

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff that life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

Don't sweat the small stuff.
- Richard Carlson

Does thou love life? Then do not squander time;
for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.
The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over
and let the beautiful stuff out.
- Ray Bradbury

Life is pretty simple:
You do some stuff.
Most fails. Some works.
You do more of what works.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature.
Everything is made of one hidden stuff.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love interrupts, if you like,
the consequences of your actions,
which in my case is very good news indeed,
because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.
- Bono

Living in fear of anything is a terrible waste
of what could be a great life.
If you live in fear of losing your job,
either you fear the embarrassment of being jobless,
or you fear the loss of material goods -
house, car, and such.
If you live in fear of losing your stuff and money,
it is clear that they own you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Information's pretty thin stuff unless mixed with experience.
- Clarence Day

I learned more stuff in church than I did in the world.
- Al Green

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

Confit is the ultimate comfort food,
and trendy or not,
it is dazzling stuff.
- Sally Schneider

I think complexity is mostly sort of crummy stuff that
is there because it's too expensive to change the interface.
- Jaron Lanier

I would think twice about designing stuff for which
there was no need and which didn't endure.
- Robin Day

I'm definitely not at my best.
Honestly, I'm under 50 percent.
But I've won stuff under 50 percent before.
- Serena Williams

As soon as I became proactive in producing my own stuff,
I started getting other roles.
- Ray Liotta

As for editorial content, that's the stuff you separate the ads with.
- Lord Thomson of Fleet

Frank's bands could play the hardest stuff and make
it seem like no big deal.
- Dweezil Zappa

But I'd play on everything from pop records to a lot
of the glam stuff to rock stuff to classical stuff.
I used to get called to do all those things,
it was great.
- Rick Wakeman

I think everything I do is my early work.
I can't wait to get on to the later stuff.
- Joseph Fiennes

I've been stuck on John Eldredge lately.
He's all about being a warrior outside of the church.
I hate to think about this kind of stuff -
I just like to do it.
- John Tesh

Rock stardom and all that stuff like that was never like my main M.O.,
my main M.O.
is musical growth, and if I become a rock star in the process,
great!
- Kip Winger

Why do you have to retire at 65? Why can't you start at 70? You know,
like wine.
Why can't music be that way? My new band,
we're playing stuff that's never been done before.
- Herbie Mann

On daytime they continue to revisit a lot of the same
stuff while nighttime does move on and show development.
- Ted Shackelford

There is no seam between my songs and myself-they really are me.
It's not like I'm performing; I'm just singing stuff that I really believe.
- David Friedman

The early Billy Joel stuff I fell in love with,
like Glass Houses, is a real rock record.
- Gavin DeGraw

I would have to say I might do some stuff,
but it's the film that's appealing.
I was raised on film.
My musical experience is all via film,
it's not from classical music.
- Danny Elfman

Obviously classical music tends to be stuff that is
usually at least a hundred years old.
- Steve Hackett

The 'stuff' around us represents the stuff inside of us.
- Darren L. Johnson

Usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is
going to be attacked the most.
- Francis Ford Coppola

People always give me styling products and stuff.
- Rachael Leigh Cook

So, in a way I was hedging and saying that if the Olympic
stuff doesn't work out at least I can be a lawyer.
- Frank Shorter

Conscience.
That stuff can drive you nuts.
- Budd Schulberg

I'll do a cappella stuff, rock 'n' roll and swing stuff.
- Juice Newton

It's funny, when I'm not on the road or doing stuff with Bad Company -
or whatever-
I've always written songs galore...
a lot of stuff people don't even hear.
- Mick Ralphs

The future is made of the same stuff as the present.
- Simone Weil

When they write about real stuff like my custody battle,
that's no fun.
Some things have leaked out about accusations that
have gone back and forth and that's just mean.
It's a tactic.
- Dean Cain

It's such a performance to bring stuff into America.
It's a great luxury when I am in England.
- Terence Stamp

Because I was successful over the years,
I never had the opportunity to do the stuff I really wanted.
- Rick Derringer

Some people really trip on success or popularity.
My friends would talk to me about that,
about tripping on all this stuff, but you know what
I tripped on? I started buying property.
- Roy Ayers

The romance stuff is easy.
A sex scene...
that's hard, because you don't know what to do.
Those scenes are awkward.
- John Turturro

Most of our stuff was trial and error.
You live with a tape recorder, you turn it on,
you play the song and you listen to it.
- Levon Helm

Yeah, I play a lot of their games.
Going way back to Bulls vs.
Lakers to the later Live stuff, I go at it quite a bit.
More than anything tough, I play Madden.
- Jason Kidd

Nuclear arms is pretty scary because that could end the world.
I'm more interested in that stuff than I am Bill Clinton.
I mean, I think Bill Clinton is a good president.
- Stephen Dorff

There's a lot of mediocrity being celebrated,
and a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored or discouraged.
- Sean Penn

I can't do all that riddly diddly stuff.
I'm not good enough.
It's all about not playing.
- Will Champion

PC stuff just lowers the general acceptance of good
work and replaces it with bogus poetry that celebrates
values that in themselves are probably quite worthy.
- Diane Wakoski

Some of our stuff ends up looking too corporate.
I'm going to be a lot stricter from now on.
- Evan Dando

And much as Wine has played the Infidel,
And robbed me of my Robe of Honor Well,
I often wonder what the Vintners buy One half so precious as the stuff they sell.
- Edward Fitzgerald


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