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I don't much like to look back with the idea that I
by 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 have never been a critic of science fiction as a whole.
- 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

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

 

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

Science fiction is very healthy in its form.
- 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

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

I was forever reading outside of the field as well as in 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

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

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

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

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession
as they torment us with their loss.
- Epicurus

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often.
- Anonymous

An overfull calendar, like an overfull stomach,
is a consequence of taking on too much.
Commit, and eat, in moderation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who would accomplish much must sacrifice much.
- James Allen

Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.
- attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, among others,
but probably earlier and anonymous

It is amazing how much you can accomplish
when it doesn't matter who gets the credit.
- Anonymous

Any man who reads too much
and uses his own brain too little
falls into lazy habits of thinking.
- Albert Einstein

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It is not desirable to cultivate
a respect for the law,
so much as for the right.
- Henry David Thoreau

We have two ears and one mouth so that
we can listen twice as much as we speak.
- Epictetus

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
- Thomas Jefferson

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I don't know who my grandfather was;
I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
- Abraham Lincoln

Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid
as getting to know how enormously much
he is capable of doing and becoming.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserves your love and affection.
- The Buddha

Often it does not matter so much what we choose,
but that we do choose.
- Alan Cohen

If thy brother wrongs thee,
remember not so much his wrong-doing,
but more than ever that he is thy brother.
- Epictetus

If you may count every drop of water in the ocean and
count every grain of sand in the sea -
multiply it by a thousand and that's how much I love you.
- George of Langkloof

This day I see that pretty much all
my correspondences are love letters.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

I am an optimist.
It does not seem too much use being anything else.
- Winston Churchill

Success is to be measured not so much
by the position that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
- Booker T. Washington

Determine never to be idle.
No person will have occasion to complain
of the want of time who never loses any.
It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
- Thomas Jefferson

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

The years teach much which the days never know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How much pain they have cost us,
the evils which have never happened.
- Thomas Jefferson

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

The hunger for love is
much more difficult to remove
than the hunger for bread.
- Mother Teresa

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

Choose to See Beauty and Joy:
Much in life can be seen as ugly or beautiful - it's our choice.
Why would we choose to see any part of life as ugly?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is so much we can never know.
Breathe deeply and relax into the not-knowing.
There is much that we do not have to know
in order to live joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much.
- Helen Keller

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it
as he who helps to perpetrate it.
He who accepts evil without protesting against it
is really cooperating with it.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Constant kindness can accomplish much.
As the sun makes ice melt,
kindness causes misunderstanding,
mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
- Albert Schweitzer

You may be deceived if you trust too much,
but you will live in torment
if you don't trust enough.
- Frank Crane

Whether we allow external events to
shape our lives at a core level
is very much within our own control.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do...
but how much love we put in that action.
- Mother Teresa

Embrace your uniqueness.
Time is much too short to be
living someone else's life.
- Kobi Yamada

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being
to those who are on the road with you,
and accept as something precious
what comes back to you from them.
- Albert Schweitzer

As human beings, our greatness lies
not so much in being able to remake the world -
as in being able to remake ourselves.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Those who own much have much to fear.
- Rabindranath Tagore


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