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I do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck. ...
by Robert Sheckley

I do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck.
- 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

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

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

 

I have never been a critic of science fiction as a whole.
- Robert Sheckley

I was forever reading outside of the field as well as in it.
- Robert Sheckley

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

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Science fiction is very healthy in its form.
- 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

I don't finish every story, but I probably write and
send out three out of five of them.
- Robert Sheckley

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

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

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

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

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

Once you find you can't walk as far and as fast as you were able,
life becomes more complicated.
- 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

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

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

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

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

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

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

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

They can because they think they can.
- Virgil

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

When you think you're out of time,
smile, and turn back the clock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

You are what you think you are.
- Bob Richards

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

To change who you are,
change who you think you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Exercise free-will.
CHOOSE each and every action you make,
every thought you think,
and every emotion you feel.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
- Benjamin Spock

The most pathetic person in the world
is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Helen Keller

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Do not think that love,
in order to be genuine,
has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
- Mother Teresa

If you think you can,
or you think you can't,
you're probably right.
- Henry Ford

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

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank

Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is fully as bad as you think it is,
so never think life is bad.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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