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Then there was Clark Ashton Smith, who wrote for Weird
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I thought that automobiles were going to have mufflers
and go fast and airplanes were going to fly fast.
- 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 Roy Rockwood, it was science fiction for the sake of science fiction.
- Jack Vance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

I can't go back to yesterday -
because I was a different person then.
- Lewis Carroll

Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things,
and then proceed to greater.
- Epictetus

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Everything is okay in the end.
If it's not okay, then it's not the end.
- Anonymous

When you are offended at any man's fault,
turn to yourself and study your own failings.
Then you will forget your anger.
- Epictetus

Play the game for more than you can afford to lose...
only then will you learn the game.
- Winston Churchill

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Always listen to the experts.
They'll tell you what can't be done and why.
Then do it.
- Robert Heinlein

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

Life is change. Without change, there is no life.
Why then do we so fight against change?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are
and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony.
Seek disharmony, then you will gain peace.
- Rumi

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
- Abraham Lincoln

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

It is better to conquer yourself
than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours.
It cannot be taken from you,
not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
- The Buddha

Don't ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
- Howard Thurman

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

You have to learn the rules of the game.
And then you have to play better than anyone else.
- Albert Einstein

To manage your mind,
know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to nothingness.
- Lao Tzu

Does thou love life? Then do not squander time;
for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

Today, I will do my best...
and then relax in the knowing
that I have done all I could.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west;
people create distinctions out of their own minds
and then believe them to be true.
- The Buddha

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

Start by doing what's necessary;
then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

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

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

If everyone is moving forward together,
then success takes care of itself.
- Henry Ford

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

If you begin to understand what you are
without trying to change it,
then what you are undergoes a transformation.
- J. Krishnamurti


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