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I just wrote what I felt like writing since they seemed to sell. ...
by Jack Vance

I just wrote what I felt like writing since they seemed to sell.
- Jack Vance

I got done writing Ports of Call and suddenly realized
I have far too much material for the book.
- Jack Vance

Well, I think everything I've ever read contributes
to the background from which I write.
- Jack Vance

It seems to limit you; when you're working in an office,
you're a creature in a small cell under somebody's
supervision and surveillance.
- Jack Vance

 

I do read books.
I suppose it's more or less the same thing,
but at least I'm alone and I'm an individual.
I can stop anytime I want, which I frequently do.
- Jack Vance

I never worked in an office in my life.
- Jack Vance

But, for instance, when I was awfully young,
I read all the Oz books.
They were an enormous influence on me.
- Jack Vance

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In fact, almost every job you get somebody watching you.
- Jack Vance

I haven't sold to the movies.
In other words, I haven't gotten any enormous checks yet.
- Jack Vance

A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story.
He's supposed to be completely immersed,
submerged in the environment.
- Jack Vance

I worked for half a cent a word.
I'm not a fast writer to begin with,
so for the first few years I had do other things.
- Jack Vance

This flattery has been rather slow in coming.
I think all of sudden late in life now I'm getting
some credit for what I've done.
Which is gratifying, but it's kind of a little late.
- Jack Vance

I thought that automobiles were going to have mufflers
and go fast and airplanes were going to fly fast.
- Jack Vance

But Roy Rockwood, it was science fiction for the sake of science fiction.
- Jack Vance

These are just the tip of the iceberg,
because I read and read and read.
I read everything.
- Jack Vance

Then there was Clark Ashton Smith, who wrote for Weird
Tales and who had a wild imagination.
He wasn't a very talented writer, but his imagination was wonderful.
- Jack Vance

But I've sure worked at jobs where I have been under inspection.
- Jack Vance

I never made lots of money at it, but I sold enough.
- Jack Vance

As I mentioned, I was a carpenter for a time.
- Jack Vance

There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley,
who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me,
but I couldn't tell you what it was.
- Jack Vance

I was an omnivore at reading, so that everything I ever read contributed.
- Jack Vance

Sometimes some of these little side excursions are
useful and I manage to fit them in the book somewhere.
- Jack Vance

But I'm so slow on it because I find it terribly hard
writing blind on computers.
The computer speaks to me, but it's just so slow,
I'm so terribly slow using it.
- Jack Vance

I'd never been published when I was young.
- Jack Vance

I don't read other science fiction.
I don't read any at all.
- Jack Vance

I haven't been to a movie since somebody gave me free tickets to Star Wars,
which I went to.
- Jack Vance

I was a carpenter for a time and everybody watches what you do.
- Jack Vance

So I'll write it, and then I'll find out that I actually
wrote something that is utterly useless.
You can't use it in the story and it doesn't fit.
So I just throw it away.
I've done that countless times.
- Jack Vance

Right now I'm so old that if I had a big gush of money,
I don't know what I'd do with it.
I don't travel anymore.
I don't need anything, don't want anything.
I'd give it to my son, I guess, and let him enjoy it.
- Jack Vance

The story was such that I couldn't make a graceful
ending and then make a graceful new beginning.
I could have, but I didn't want to.
So, it isn't the most graceful way of writing a story.
This new story is, I think, is pretty good stuff.
I'm pleased with it anyway.
- Jack Vance

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I love you just the way you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Is today a day to gather strength from the storm -
a day to to learn life lessons for the next battle?
Or is today a day to sit by the fire
and watch the storm rage outside?
Either way, the storm is just life.
Give thanks for all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Without zest, what is life?
Just waiting for death?
- Osho

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
- Dave Barry

For a happy marriage,
love and accept your spouse just the way they are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What if we just acted like everything was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The probability that we may fail
in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
- Abraham Lincoln

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

If you understand, things are just as they are;
if you do not understand, things are just as they are.
- Zen Proverb

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You remember lesson about balance?
Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life.
Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Just Do it!
- Nike ad

A closed mind is like a closed book;
just a block of wood.
- Chinese proverb

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

I wrap the potential for bitterness,
resentment, martyrdom in the blanket of forgiveness
and just set it down.
Then it just melts in the warmth. And goes away.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Just another cold, misty morning inviting,
"want to go again?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you want to feel rich,
just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
- Anonymous

You can have anything you want in life if you
just help enough other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar

Could you risk believing that everything
will unfold just fine if you completely let go
of all concern about everything else,
and simply are here, now - if only for a moment?
- Dmitri Bilgere

Improve what you can
and accept all the rest of life
just as it comes.
Know that fear is your worst enemy -
perhaps your only enemy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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