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It came about as follows: over the years when I ...
by A. E. van Vogt

It came about as follows: over the years when I was involved in dianetics,
I wrote the beginnings of many stories.
I would get an idea, and then write the beginning,
and then never touch it again.
- A. E. van Vogt

I first read science fiction in the old British Chum
annual when I was about 12 years old.
- A. E. van Vogt

In a sense, there's a great truth to that,
but, also I was a great reader.
- A. E. van Vogt

My theory was that what I had to do was make a study of human behavior.
- A. E. van Vogt

 

The encouragement I got from Campbell was a quick check and praise.
Once the Space Beagle was launched on its mission,
it seemed natural for it to breed additional thoughts.
- A. E. van Vogt

I don't recall having any self-awareness about the intricacy of my stories.
- A. E. van Vogt

Recruiting Station was a story that came as the result
of many anxious awakenings during many nights.
- A. E. van Vogt

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I had casually rented an apartment that cost $75 a
month because I expected my writing to pay my way.
- A. E. van Vogt

In those days I was new to covers; merely felt pleased
that a story of mine had been honored.
I later met Rogers who did some of my early covers
and I was impressed with him.
- A. E. van Vogt

Well, first of all, going off with dianetics was based upon a thought of mine.
- A. E. van Vogt

But, somewhere in there, I did have the thought that
this really fits in with my thinking about what I wanted to do;
with what has to be done by a writer in order to stay alive as a writer.
- A. E. van Vogt

It's difficult for me to feel that a solid page without
the breakups of paragraphs can be interesting.
I break mine up perhaps sooner than I should in terms
of the usage of the English language.
- A. E. van Vogt

I figure that that has a ten year cycle.
At the end of that ten years, I began to get worried
that I would run into what is known as the writer's block,
the feeling of not being able to do these things.
- A. E. van Vogt

You have to remember that I was a bright but simple
fellow from Canada who seldom,
if ever, met another writer, and then only a so-called
literary type that occasionally sold a story and meanwhile
worked in an office for a living.
- A. E. van Vogt

Chum was a British boy's weekly which,
at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book;
and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas
presents for male children.
- A. E. van Vogt

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Come to the edge
We can't. We're afraid
We can't. We will fall. Come to the edge
And they came. And he pushed them
And they flew
- Guillaume Apollinaire

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing big ever came from being small.
- William J. Clinton

Every decision you make - every decision -
is not a decision about what to do.
It's a decision about Who You Are.
When you see this, when you understand it, everything changes.
You begin to see life in a new way.
All events, occurrences, and situations
turn into opportunities to do what you came here to do.
- Neale Donald Walsch

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

One day Alice came to a fork in the road
and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
"Which road do I take?" she asked.
His responses was a question: "Where do you want to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
- Lewis Carroll

We are tied to the ocean.
And when we go back to the sea,
whether it is to sail or to watch -
we are going back from whence we came.
- John F. Kennedy

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I tried to remember how to exhale.
I had to look away before it came back to me.
- Bella, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22,
1963.
It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign
trap door in American culture,
and the wild bats flapped out.
- Lance Morrow

A laugh is a surprise.
And all humor is physical.
I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
- Chevy Chase

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

I cured with the power that came through me.
- Black Elk

If you ask me what I came into this life to do,
I will tell you: I came to live out loud.
- Emile Zola

Then came Peter to him, and said,
Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? till seven times?
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee,
Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
- Matthew 18:21-22

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Anais Nin

I came, I saw, I conquered.
- Julius Caesar

Just as we could have rode into the sunset,
along came the Internet, and it tripled the significance of the PC.
- Andy Grove

What counts is what you do with your money,
not where it came from.
- Merton Miller

When you were a volunteer for the Bush-Cheney campaign,
you came in the morning; you had a supervisor who gave
you a list of calls to make and a time to do it in.
- Ed Gillespie

Nothing's really changed since the Harry Potter films came along.
- Tom Felton

At the time I belonged to the socialist party,
and Hitler came to power.
- Douglas Sirk

The whole reason Sabrina came about was because we
wanted something good for families to watch on TV.
- Melissa Joan Hart

I didn't mind if they yelled at me, but when they came on the field,
it was a different story.
- Jimmy Piersall

I had a great deal of pressure to move to LA after
Romancing the Stone came out and I'd become very popular.
But people came to me anyway.
- Kathleen Turner

Just before she died she asked, What is the answer? No answer came.
She laughed and said, In that case, what is the question? Then she died.
- Gertrude Stein

Jesus Christ came into my prison cell last night,
and every stone flashed like a ruby.
- Samuel Rutherford

It's so warm now, and Thanksgiving came so early -
is it just me,
or does it not really feel like Ramadan?
- David Letterman

A universe that came from nothing in the big bang will
disappear into nothing at the big crunch.
Its glorious few zillion years of existence not even a memory.
- Paul Davies

The process of my transformation came to a head with my discovery of St.
Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage I went on with
a scout troop from my school.
- Abbe Pierre

When I came back to it, we amicably separated from Warner Bros.
I just picked up where I left off, trying to write the rest of this record.
It took awhile to get out.
- Joan Jett

By 1980, when I came out of prison, The Sun did a campaign
to stop putting vice girls in prison.
We've talked about it ever since and nothing has been done about it.
- Cynthia Payne

Then I came in twice a week - for my own enjoyment
as well as to be a guide.
And then we started to apply some of the splinters
of the ideas back into the piece.
- Siobhan Davies

In 1958, I came to Chicago where I have remained.
- George Stigler

And I've known people who came out with a sense of torture.
- George Weinberg

Jackson was not a religious man when he came to Lexington.
- Daniel H. Hill

The principle of equity first came into evidence in
Roman jurisprudence and was derived by analogy from
the physical meaning of the word.
- Herbert Read

I was still listening to the Beatles until I came here,
you know.
- David Thewlis

Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint,
and heard great argument about it and about:
but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.
- Omar Khayyam

Then when Gladys Knight came in to do my songs that
was the straw that broke the camel's back.
- Brenda Holloway

I was born in Poland I came to Sweden when I was eight
and always wanted to act and suddenly ended up in a
Bond movie which was for me at that time absolutely enormous.
- Izabella Scorupco

I remember when the first police scary video thing came out,
and you thought, wow, ooh, look at this,
come and look, come and look.
And now it's on every channel.
- Jennifer Saunders

I used to eat lunch with Billy Wilder when I first came out here.
- Richard Serra

When I came back I had to realize that IC was not in a very good shape -
all the much money that we had because of the huge Ideal success,
was gone.
I was very upset.
- Klaus Schulze

I have a friend who is around my age,
a little younger, and she's gay and came out to her
own community when she was younger but not to her family
and to the community at large.
- Laura Innes

Thatcher came under pressure from right wing backbenchers
to shut up the Prince of Wales and there was a deal
done between them where he did actually shut up in the end.
- Anthony Holden

I went with Lionel Hampton for three years.
Out of that came a trip to Europe.
- Quincy Jones

When I came into the WWF, the first thing I really
didn't want to have was being Bret Hart's little brother.
- Owen Hart

If Mr. Einstein doesn't like the natural laws of the universe,
let him go back to where he came from.
- Robert Benchley

It came as a surprise to find that a professional society
and journal (Econometrica) were flourishing,
and I entered this area of study with great enthusiasm.
- Lawrence R. Klein

The awareness of our environment came progressively
in all countries with different outlets.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

I came from a wealthy family.
I made over my share of the estate to various charities.
- Abbe Pierre

I used to stand outside the theater knowing the truant
officer was looking for me.
I would stand there 'til someone came along and then
ask them to buy my ticket.
- Moe Howard

When I came for the first time to the United States,
visiting, I was absolutely fascinated by New York.
- Milos Forman

I have no plans for a future Jemima Shore mystery,
but would write one tomorrow if a good idea came to me.
- Antonia Fraser


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