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I was raised Baptist, and I like the fact that I got
by Octavia Butler

I was raised Baptist, and I like the fact that I got
my conscience installed early.
- Octavia Butler

Fantasy is totally wide open; all you really have to
do is follow the rules you've set.
But if you're writing about science,
you have to first learn what you're writing about.
- Octavia Butler

I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.
- Octavia Butler

I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and
started writing science fiction around the same time.
- Octavia Butler

 

On the other hand, I was very much interested in the way people behaved,
the human dance, how they seemed to move around each other.
I wanted to play around with that.
- Octavia Butler

I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership.
- Octavia Butler

Science fiction let me do both.
It let me look into science and stick my nose in everywhere.
- Octavia Butler

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The thing about science fiction is that it's totally wide open.
But it's wide open in a conditional way.
- Octavia Butler

No one was going to stop me from writing and no one
had to really guide me towards science fiction.
It was natural, really, that I would take that interest.
- Octavia Butler

Well, writing was what I wanted to do,
it was always what I wanted to do.
I had novels to write so I wrote them.
- Octavia Butler

Writing is one of the few professions in which you
can psychoanalyse yourself,
get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public,
and get paid for it.
- Octavia Butler

People have the right to call themselves whatever they like.
That doesn't bother me.
It's other people doing the calling that bothers me.
- Octavia Butler

And by the way, I wanted to point out that Kindred is not science fiction.
You'll note there's no science in it.
It's a kind of grim fantasy.
- Octavia Butler

I have a huge and savage conscience that won't let me get away with things.
- Octavia Butler

I would never have been a good scientist -
my attention span was too short for that.
- Octavia Butler

So fantasy was fine early on, and when I discovered science fiction,
I was very happy with it, because my first interest
in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy.
- Octavia Butler

Here I was into astronomy, and here into anthropology,
and there I go into geology.
It was much more fun to be able to research and write
about whatever I wanted to.
- Octavia Butler

But my problem with fantasy, and horror,
and related genres, is that sometimes the problems are illogical.
- Octavia Butler

Once you grow past Mommy and Daddy coming running when you're hurt,
you're really on your own.
You're alone, and there's no one to help you.
- Octavia Butler

No...
a novel is a long business.
I'm a slow writer, even when I'm doing very well I write slowly.
- Octavia Butler

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing.
There is a time for silence.
A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny.
And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.
- Octavia Butler

You don't start out writing good stuff.
You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff,
and then gradually you get better at it.
That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
- Octavia Butler

Most of us don't have to worry about being shot of
we poke our noses outside.
So we are comfortable, but the people I'm writing about
are definitely not comfortable,
and being shot while they're still inside is a good possibility.
- Octavia Butler

Third, for people who aren't doing it already,
take classes - they're worthwhile.
Workshops or classes - a workshop is where you do actually
get feedback on your work,
not just something where you go and sit for a day.
- Octavia Butler

What I'm working on now - I'm back to fantasy,
although considering that it's me, I'm turning it into
a kind of science fantasy.
It's a vampire story - but my vampires are biological vampires.
They didn't become vampires because someone bit them;
they were born that way.
- Octavia Butler

I talked to members of my family, and did some personal
research that didn't really have anything to do with
the time and place I was writing about,
but that gave me a feeling of the experience of being
black in a time and place where it was very difficult to be black.
- Octavia Butler

And I have this little litany of things they can do.
And the first one, of course, is to write -
every day,
no excuses.
It's so easy to make excuses.
Even professional writers have days when they'd rather
clean the toilet than do the writing.
- Octavia Butler

Religion kept some of my relatives alive,
because it was all they had.
If they hadn't had some hope of heaven,
some companionship in Jesus, they probably would have committed suicide,
their lives were so hellish.
- Octavia Butler

A workshop is a way of renting an audience,
and making sure you're communicating what you think you're communicating.
It's so easy as a young writer to think you're been
very clear when in fact you haven't.
- Octavia Butler

While Fledging is a different type of book,
The Parable series serve as cautionary tales.
I wrote the Parable books because of the direction of the country.
You can call it save the world fiction,
but it clearly doesn't save anything.
- Octavia Butler

I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open.
I was able to do anything and there were no walls to
hem you in and there was no human condition that you
were stopped from examining.
- Octavia Butler

No, I think the future of humanity will be like the past,
we'll do what we've always done and there will still be human beings.
Granted, there will always be people doing something
different and there are a lot of possibilities.
- Octavia Butler

I wasn't trying to work out my own ancestry.
I was trying to get people to feel slavery.
I was trying to get across the kind of emotional and
psychological stones that slavery threw at people.
- Octavia Butler

My father never raised his hand to any one of his children,
except in self-defense.
- Fred Allen

The Sabbath is a weekly cathedral raised up in my dining room,
in my family, in my heart.
- Anita Diament

I was raised by free-spirited people,
though my father gave me a very strong work ethic.
- Diane Lane

In our society leaving baby with Daddy is just one
step above leaving the kids to be raised by wolves or apes.
- Al Roker

Parents should not smoke in order to discourage their kids from smoking.
A child is more likely to smoke when they have been
raised in the environment of a smoker.
- Christy Turlington

No one knows his true character until he has run out of gas,
purchased something on the installment plan and raised an adolescent.
- Marcelene Cox

I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist,
so we went to both churches.
- Aaron Neville

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

My sisters and mom raised me to respect women and open doors for them.
- Milo Ventimiglia

I was raised on a little farm about 12 miles out of Portsmouth,
Ohio.
- Roy Rogers

I was raised to speak out about politics and the world around me.
I would do it whether I was in the public or not.
It is the way I was taught.
The American way.
- Judy Collins

Christine and I haven't raised our children.
A whole community of selfless Christians has contributed
to helping them become faithful,
competent adults.
- Clayton Christensen

I wasn't raised with money, so I had to get used to having it.
I think I've adjusted to it pretty well.
- Christine McVie

Tax rates should never be raised in some brackets without
being raised in all brackets.
- Bradley A. Smith

I was raised not to be rude, but I also try to get
the best work out of people.
- Dick Wolf

In politics, merit is rewarded by the possessor being raised,
like a target, to a position to be fired at.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

I have my parents to thank for that,
they raised me to be active and play all sports.
They taught me the importance of staying healthy,
being focused and setting goals in whatever I do.
- Kiana Tom

It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth
from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans.
- Friedrich Schiller

I was raised in Chicago, so always used Latina.
It's what my Father and brothers called ourselves,
when we meant the entire Spanish-speaking community of Chicago.
- Sandra Cisneros

I was raised thinking I'd burn in hell for being gay,
but I didn't have a choice.
It's just who I am.
- Jai Rodriguez

It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one.
Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.
- Petrarch

As you may know, some of the stereotyped behaviors
exhibited by autistic children are also found in zoo
animals who are raised in a barren environment.
- Temple Grandin

You live for those really great scenes where you almost
feel that the film has gone beyond what was printed
on the script pages and been raised to another level.
- Tobey Maguire

I was raised Irish Catholic, but I don't consider myself Irish Catholic:
I consider myself me,
an American.
- John Cusack

Success produces confidence; confidence relaxes industry,
and negligence ruins the reputation which accuracy had raised.
- Ben Jonson

Well, Winnepeg has everything to do with my music in
the sense it was where I was born and raised,
cultured and all that sort of thing.
A lot of my experiences come from Winnepeg.
- Chantal Kreviazuk

Well, because lots of questions had been raised about
the toxicity of the drug,
which is very serious.
- Thabo Mbeki

I was born and raised in the South, which is pretty conservative.
- James Denton

I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me.
She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker,
put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways
in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table.
But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that
life is about not where you start,
but where you're going.
That's family values.
- Al Sharpton

I'm from the US of A. Born in Des Moines, raised in the New York suburbs.
- Stephen Collins

Now the Kids Classic is one of the major fund-raisers for Children's Hospital.
Since we started seven years ago, we've raised more
than $1 million for the hospital.
- Tom Kite

Nearly everywhere monarchs raised themselves further
above the level of the greatest nobles and buttressed
their new pretensions to respect and authority with cannons and taxation.
- J. M. Roberts

What for centuries raised man above the beast is not
the cudgel but the irresistible power of unarmed truth.
- Boris Pasternak

If my parents had discouraged me, I would have turned out very differently.
They raised me in an open-minded, liberal environment.
- Tom Ford

I add this, that rational ability without education
has oftener raised man to glory and virtue,
than education without natural ability.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I should like to be remembered as the man who raised a voice against...
placing limitations on the freedom of the individual.
- Dennis Chavez

My mother raised three children on her own and my dad
was a doctor working 16 hours a day.
- Christopher Meloni

I think we're in a time when everyone's afraid to have sex.
But I was raised being beautiful and healthy.
- Alyssa Milano


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