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The human species really could have faced global thermonuclear war.
by Larry Niven

The human species really could have faced global thermonuclear war.
During seventy years of Cold War we grew used to it.
- Larry Niven

Building one space station for everyone was and is insane:
we should have built a dozen.
- Larry Niven

I'm not predicting; I just love playing with superconductors.
- Larry Niven

I never got good at predicting what millions of people
will suddenly decide is rational.
- Larry Niven

 

I do not believe they've run out of surprises.
- Larry Niven

I do suspect that privacy was a passing fad.
- Larry Niven

In hindsight it may even seem inevitable that a socialist
society will starve when it runs out of capitalists.
- Larry Niven

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Treat your life like something to be sculpted.
- Larry Niven

Bruce Sterling is one terrific writer and he's relatively new,
but I don't know how long he's been doing it;
he probably doesn't need the publicity anymore!
- Larry Niven

I've got five or six unpublished stories kicking around
looking for somebody to buy them.
- Larry Niven

Anything beats an expensive stack of paper.
- Larry Niven

We should not have assumed that a political space station could be built.
- Larry Niven

SF isn't a genre; SF is the matrix in which genres are embedded,
and because the SF field is never going in any one
direction at any one time,
there is hardly a way to cut it off.
- Larry Niven

I don't have a strong interest in history.
- Larry Niven

But...
watching Steven Barnes taught me to treat my life like an art form.
- Larry Niven

I've spent a lot of my life among people brighter than myself.
- Larry Niven

My problem with new writers is that it takes me five
or six years to memorise the right names.
- Larry Niven

We're looking as far ahead as we can,
and we don't get penalized for mistakes.
- Larry Niven

I'd repair our education system or replace it with something that works.
- Larry Niven

And every friend I've got has been writing Mars stories.
It was pretty clear I'd never catch up.
- Larry Niven

Everything starts as somebody's daydream.
- Larry Niven

I love superconductors.
- Larry Niven

In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up.
- Larry Niven

I'd visit the near future, close enough that someone
might want to talk to Larry Niven and can figure out the language;
distant enough to get me decent medical techniques
and a ticket to the Moon.
- Larry Niven

As for AIDS, it's a plague.
We are human, we get plagues.
They come along every so often, kill off two thirds of the population;
in the next generation it's a quarter;
after that it's a childhood disease.
- Larry Niven

We need to take command of the solar system to gain that wealth,
and to escape the sea of paper our government is becoming,
and for some decent chance of stopping a Dinosaur Killer asteroid.
- Larry Niven

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

The human race has one really effective weapon,
and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

The essence of being human is that one
does not seek perfection.
- George Orwell

Be a Human BEing Rather Than a Human DOing.
- Anonymous

The human voice can never reach the distance
that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is against everything we stand for to take a human life.
Making an exception to that code is a bleak thing.
- Sam, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

Wherever there is a human being,
there is an opportunity for a kindness.
- Seneca

Man's enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself.
- Lao Tzu

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars,
or sailed to an uncharted land,
or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
- Helen Keller

Action is no less necessary than thought
to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The more laws and order are made prominent,
the more thieves and robbers there will be.
- Lao Tzu

No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim

We can live without religion and meditation,
but we cannot survive without human affection.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The very essence of instinct is that
it's followed independently of reason.
- Charles Darwin

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Any human being who is becoming independent of conditionings,
of religions, scriptures, prophets and messiahs, has arrived home.
He has found the treasure which was hidden in his own being.
- Osho

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

There is no truth, only human opinion.
- Anonymous

What we call human nature in actuality is human habit.
- Jewel

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
- The Buddha

To err is human, to forgive divine.
- Alexander Pope

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all,
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

We may have different religions, different
languages, different colored skin,
but we all belong to one human race.
- Kofi Annan

Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing
a human being to a purpose.
- Albert Schweitzer

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

Man must evolve for all human conflict,
a method which rejects
revenge, aggression and retaliation.
The foundation of such a method is love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each and every human being on Earth
has both the responsibility and the privilege
of viewing themselves as Divine beings
with the power to bring about peace.
- James Twyman

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body
treats a strange protein; it rejects it.
- Peter Medawar

Sometimes our light goes out but
is blown into flame by another human being.
Each of us owes deepest thanks
to those who have rekindled this light.
- Albert Schweitzer

My own gratitude list begins with health, family, friends,
and the beauty around me - from the butterflies and rainbows,
to the dolphins, to the birds, to the works produced by the human hand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no hope of joy except in human relations.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Pay It Forward.
Gift future generations in proportion to your gratitude.
The nature of life is that we pay forward
our biological creation and nurture.
Our parents gift us with life and nurture,
and we gift our children with life and nurture.
While this much is essential to continued human existence,
choose to take "pay it forward" farther - much farther.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious,
one should preserve it.
- Anais Nin

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Every human life contains a potential,
if that potential is not fulfilled,
then that life was wasted...
- Carl Jung

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each man is afraid of his neighbor's disapproval -
a thing which, to the general run of the human race,
is more dreaded than wolves and death.
- Mark Twain

The purpose of human life is to serve,
and to show compassion and the will to help others.
- Albert Schweitzer

There are very few human beings who receive the truth,
complete and staggering, by instant illumination.
Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment,
on a small scale, by successive developments,
cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
- Anais Nin

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford


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