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I don't finish every story, but I probably write and
by Robert Sheckley

I don't finish every story, but I probably write and
send out three out of five of them.
- 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 do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck.
- 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 was forever reading outside of the field as well as in 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 knew I was doing something right because it was selling
so I didn't want to interfere with it.
- Robert Sheckley

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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'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In choosing joy, the finish line dissolves
into a different matter altogether.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All endeavor calls for the ability
to tramp the last mile,
shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil.
The fight to the finish spirit is the one...
characteristic we must posses
if we are to face the future as finishers.
- Henry David Thoreau

Life is a journey. It is not a race to test
who can finish first or who can end up with the most loot.
Rather, life is best enjoyed as a meander -
watching the view to left and right - above and below -
as the days slowly move past in dress review.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In soloing - as in other activities -
it is far easier to start something
than it is to finish it.
- Amelia Earhart

I would rather start a family than finish one.
- Don Marquis

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

I've got to go.
That's one of the penalties of being a doctor.
I never seem to finish a conversation.
- Robert M. Fresco

There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.
- Robert Byrne

I do finish reading a script and say,
Why are they making it and what are they talking about?
I like to try and be responsible in my choices in that way.
- Jennifer Connelly

Even now I can say I'd love to finish my career here,
and then stay in the game after that.
- Steven Gerrard

You get used to being lazy doing films,
but classical theatre's going to finish me off.
- Michael Gambon

Every time I finish a book, I forget everything I learned writing it -
the information just disappears out of my head.
- Alice Hoffman

As far as I am concerned, the first episode of Buffy
was the beginning of my career.
It was the first time I told a story from start to finish the way I wanted.
- Joss Whedon

I can remember sittin' in a cafe when I first started in rodeo,
and waitin' until somebody got done so I could finish what they left.
- Chris LeDoux

If I'd had some set idea of a finish line,
don't you think I would have crossed it years ago?
- Bill Gates

I start a picture and I finish it.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat

At age 77, I need the help of someone with more energy
than I can now summon to finish a book.
- Anne McCaffrey

To finish first you must first finish.
- Rick Mears

Acting allows me to tell a lot of stories,
you know start at the beginning, finish at the end,
and tell everything in between.
Modelling is just an image.
- Cameron Diaz

If I can finish a cartoon in 20 minutes,
then that's the ideal editorial cartoon -
it's to the point.
- Paul Conrad

We're giving RCA another record, and that should finish them.
- Paul Kantner

I forget a book as soon as I finish writing it,
which is not always a good thing.
- Anne Tyler

I am in Boston right now, in fact, to do work at the
New England Historical Genealogical Library,
where I'm trying to finish up tracing my lineage back
to the seventeenth century.
- Rick Moody

Be yourself.
Above all, let who you are, what you are,
what you believe shine through every sentence you write,
every piece you finish.
- John Jakes

The natural urge when running a distance is to push
harder and finish sooner -
to race against time.
Every second behind a deadline is a little defeat.
- Joe Henderson

When I finish an album and I find myself listening to it in the car,
because it makes me feel a certain way,
that's the time to try to let other people know about it.
- Herb Alpert

Last guys don't finish nice.
- Saul Alinsky

Basically, nice guys can finish last.
- Lee Meriwether

I don't write for an audience, I don't think whether my book will sell,
I don't sell it before I finish writing it.
- Ann Patchett

The value of old age depends upon the person who reaches it.
To some men of early performance it is useless.
To others, who are late to develop, it just enables them to finish the job.
- Thomas Hardy

Well, usually when I finish one character,
I'm looking for a role that's really different.
- Piper Perabo

My drawings at first were made altogether in watercolors,
but they wanted softness and a great deal of finish.
- John James Audubon

Even if I don't finish, we need others to continue.
It's got to keep going without me.
- Terry Fox

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
- Igor Stravinsky

I'd like to say I was smart enough to finish six grades in five years,
but I think perhaps the teacher was just glad to get rid of me.
- Alan Shepard

Man was nature's mistake she neglected to finish him
and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.
- Eric Hoffer

It'll be a great place if they ever finish it.
- O. Henry

If nice guys finish last, then great guys come in right after them.
- Edward Dyer

When you have a great and difficult task,
something perhaps almost impossible,
if you only work a little at a time,
every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.
- Isak Dinesen

I wouldn't be surprised if this game went all the way to the finish.
- Ian St.
John

I have often noticed that ancestors never boast of
the descendants who boast of ancestors.
I would rather start a family than finish one.
Blood will tell, but often it tells too much.
- Don Marquis

I have to finish this book tour of almost 30 cities.
- Iris Chang

There's a whole bunch of unfinished stuff.
Then I've got books of lyrics.
I find it frustrating to finish a song and not be able to record it...
so I don't write a million songs.
- Christine McVie

Nice guys finish last.
- Leo Durocher

Finish last in your league and they call you idiot.
Finish last in medical school and they call you doctor.
- Abe Lemons

I didn't finish the stories until we went to the Philippines and I got malaria.
I couldn't work and I didn't have any money,
but I had seven stories.
So I wrote three or four more.
- Denis Johnson

My stories run up and bite me on the leg -
I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite.
When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.
- Ray Bradbury

I guess my natural inclination is to finish what I started.
We have a Conservative government in Nova Scotia.
What I want to see is a Conservative government in Ottawa.
- Peter MacKay


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