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I see the Jedi mission as giving up a normal life in
by Alan Dean Foster

I see the Jedi mission as giving up a normal life in
exchange for protecting the innocent.
It's a life of sacrifice.
There are rewards, but also a certain degree of sterility.
- Alan Dean Foster

I hear entire symphonies, oratorios,
in my head,
but I can't write a note.
- Alan Dean Foster

I write early in the morning, usually after reading
portions of at least half a dozen newspapers on the web.
- Alan Dean Foster

How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story.
For fantasy, none at all.
- Alan Dean Foster

 

I have a bad tendency to get rapidly bored with my own material,
so rewriting is hard for me.
I mean, I already know the story and would rather read something new.
- Alan Dean Foster

In one book, CACHALOT, just for my own amusement,
every character is based directly on someone I have known.
- Alan Dean Foster

I've been writing full-time since 1978.
- Alan Dean Foster

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Don't try to write to the trend of the moment.
- Alan Dean Foster

Advances have fallen, generally, for everything except
the biggest potential bestsellers.
Given all the changes, both economic and technological,
SF hasn't done too badly.
- Alan Dean Foster

Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world,
which is what I always wanted to do.
I'd really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton,
but it's the wrong century.
- Alan Dean Foster

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
- Alan Dean Foster

I try to challenge myself as much as possible,
as often as possible.
- Alan Dean Foster

The overwhelming triumph of the international multimedia
conglomerate has resulted in less diversity within
the field and has made it much harder for newer writers not only to break in,
but to make any kind of a living while doing so.
- Alan Dean Foster

Keep writing.
Try to do a little bit every day, even if the result looks like crap.
Getting from page four to page five is more important
than spending three weeks getting page four perfect.
- Alan Dean Foster

Besides the mistakes that are pointed out,
I love the way readers become involved with the characters.
When readers start asking about character motivations
instead of concentrating on the special effects,
it means you're connecting with them on a personal level.
- Alan Dean Foster

Getting inside the mind of a terrorist wasn't difficult at all.
Even as children, human beings fabricate elaborate revenge fantasies.
We're not a particular species.
Check out popular video games.
- Alan Dean Foster

There's certainly more new SF available than when I started writing.
That means there's also more bad SF available.
Whether there is also more good is a matter for future historians of the field.
- Alan Dean Foster

I usually do one con a year as a GoH and try to make
the World Fantasy Convention for business purposes.
Last year I went to a worldcon for the first time in two decades.
I may go again this year.
- Alan Dean Foster

Growing up, I never gave a thought to being a writer.
All I ever wanted to be was a traveler and explorer.
Science-fiction allowed me to go places that were otherwise inaccessible,
which is why I started reading it.
I was going to be a lawyer, but I got saved.
- Alan Dean Foster

I enjoy listening to classical music and heavy metal.
I play basketball and try to go diving at least once a year.
I don't really have hobbies in the traditional sense...
I engage in too many activities already through the
actions of my characters.
- Alan Dean Foster

Dawn was written well before 9/11.
People speak a lot today about the banality of evil,
but not all evil is banal.
Some of it is carefully structured and well-thought-out.
That's where the real danger lies.
- Alan Dean Foster

Living gives you a better understanding of life.
I would hope that my characters have become deeper
and more rounded personalities.
Wider travels have given me considerably greater insight
into how cultural differences affect not only people,
but politics and art.
- Alan Dean Foster

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

There is beauty and adventure in the commonplace
for those with eyes to see beyond.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When It's Darkest, Men See the Stars.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am a Passionate Observer of Life.
I See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When I see Spirit in everything, Peace is at hand.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be the change you want to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

The invariable mark of wisdom is to
see the miraculous in the common.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Celebrate what you want to see more of.
- Tom Peters

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
- John Lubbock

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

You see things and you say, Why?
But I dream things that never were and say, Why not
- George Bernard Shaw

The more you see the less you know.
- Bono

When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others,
I can see them as teachers.
- Gerald Jampolsky

The more I see, the less I know for sure.
- John Lennon

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

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Your eyes must not determine what you see. pay attention.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

To love beauty is to see light.
- Victor Hugo

Could we change our attitude,
we should not only see life differently,
but life itself would be different.
- Katherine Mansfield

Choose the World You See.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We come to love not by finding the perfect person,
but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
- Angelina Jolie

There are three classes of people:
those who see,
those who see when they are shown,
those who do not see.
- Leonardo da Vinci

You have a choice about the perspective you take on life.
See tragedy, and the world is tragic -
see beauty, and the world is beautiful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Small is the number of people who
see with their eyes
and think with their minds.
- Albert Einstein

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

Everything that we see is a shadow
cast by that which we do not see.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To see things in the seed, that is genius.
- Lao Tzu

You change the past when you change the way you see it.
- Alan Cohen

When I hear music, I fear no danger.
I am invulnerable. I see no foe.
I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is always wise to look ahead,
but difficult to look further than you can see.
- Winston Churchill


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