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We should not have assumed that a political space ...
by Larry Niven

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

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

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

Everything starts as somebody's daydream.
- Larry Niven

 

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

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

Anything beats an expensive stack of paper.
- Larry Niven

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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

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

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

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

I've got five or six unpublished stories kicking around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

Treat your life like something to be sculpted.
- 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

I love superconductors.
- Larry Niven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

You should not confuse your career with your life.
- Dave Barry

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live
that his happiness shall depend
as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

We should take care not to make the intellect our god;
it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
- Albert Einstein

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

You should never be content with so little,
when you can reach out for something big.
- Charles L. Allen
(This quote is about making a big difference
in the world - not about greed)

We should be too big to take offense
and too noble to give it.
- Abraham Lincoln

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

In order to succeed, your desire for success should
be greater than your fear of failure.
- Bill Cosby

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

Everyone should carefully observe
which way his heart draws him,
and then choose that way with all his strength.
- Hasidic Proverb

You either do it completely and utterly,
or you should stop doing it.
- Bono (paraphrase)

It is one thing to say that something should be done,
but quite a different matter to do it.
- Aesop

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We should not moor a ship with one anchor,
or our life with one hope.
- Epictetus

I surrender to life as it is, not as it should be.
- Richard Carlson

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives
and not in what he is able to receive.
- Albert Einstein

We may have our private opinions
but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Knowledge of what is, does not open
the door directly to what should be.
- Albert Einstein

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor,
nor should life rest on a single hope.
- Epictetus

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

I soothe my conscience now with the thought that
it is better for hard words to be on paper
than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
- Anne Frank

Understand the difference between "failing,"
which each of us does often,
and "being a failure,"
which is a state of mind no one should
ever allow themself to fall into.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple:
you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities
but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp

Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training,
for it trains people as to how they should think.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy,
the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
- Emma Goldman

Consider being more acceptive of your partner's behaviors.
It is unlikely that they are intentionally aggravating you.
Almost always, they are just doing what they think they should do.
Try setting aside your own rules for how they should behave,
and adopt a live-and-let-live attitude.
Your relationship will become stronger and happier if you do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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