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But...
by Larry Niven

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

I never got good at predicting what millions of people
will suddenly decide is rational.
- 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 don't have a strong interest in history.
- Larry Niven

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

Treat your life like something to be sculpted.
- Larry Niven

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

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

Anything beats an expensive stack of paper.
- Larry Niven

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

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

I love superconductors.
- Larry Niven

Everything starts as somebody's daydream.
- Larry Niven

I've got five or six unpublished stories kicking around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

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

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

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

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Whenever you do a thing,
act as if all the world were watching.
- Thomas Jefferson

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

Love like you've never been hurt,
dance like no one is watching,
live as though heaven is on earth.
- Satchel Paige

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige

You can observe a lot by just watching.
- Yogi Berra

Life is a journey. It is not a race to test
who can finish first or who can end up with the most loot.
Rather, life is best enjoyed as a meander -
watching the view to left and right - above and below -
as the days slowly move past in dress review.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it...
Success is shy - it won't come out while you're watching.
- Tennessee Williams

Just watching my cats can make me happy.
- Paula Cole

Do you realize if it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight?
- Al Boliska

Watching your husband become a father is really sexy and wonderful.
- Cindy Crawford

There's a lot of people in this world who spend so
much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
- Josh Billings

Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles,
watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
- David Letterman

This is my ultimate fantasy:
watching QVC with a credit card
while making love and eating at the same time.
- Yasmine Bleeth

I recorded my hair this morning, tonight I'm watching the highlights.
- Jay London

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

Have you seen U2's live show? It's boring as hell.
It's like watching CNN.
- Sharon Osbourne

I grew up watching Monday Night Football with Howard
Cosell and the other guys with my dad.
- Lisa Guerrero

Of course watching a particularly exciting game or
a wonderful contestant is always a joy.
- Randy West

I could stand out front and sing Eagles songs that I sing in my set,
but I think people enjoy watching me sing and play the drums.
It seems to fascinate people.
I don't know why.
- Don Henley

I stared at the television in shock,
watching as my private life was revealed to the world.
- Donna Rice

Watching a movie from beginning to end is like reading,
because even though what you see are images,
they are telling you a story.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Actually just recently I came up with that idea,
watching the movie 'Legally Blonde' and I was like,
'cool, that's something I want to do.
- Lisa Leslie

I think we love watching people that are flawed because we're all flawed.
- Brad Garrett

I remember watching Jodie Foster in Contact,
and that kind of opened my eyes.
- Joel Gretsch

I'm always going to be someone that people enjoy watching.
- Dane Cook

Being in the stands is very difficult.
I was never playing but I am nervous watching,
waiting.
- Yannick Noah

I think television often has dismissed younger people.
They figure, well, they're not really watching news,
that's not our audience.
- Kurt Loder

I want everybody who is watching to come to the Academy Awards with us.
I'm going to pay for the bus.
- Steven Cojocaru

I thought I'd gone to heaven, because I grew up watching Roy and Gene Autry.
- Lee Majors

There is no such thing as national advertising.
All advertising is local and personal.
It's one man or woman reading one newspaper in the
kitchen or watching TV in the den.
- Morris Hite

It's fun to do a comedy and hook people in and then
hoodwink them into watching a serious movie.
I like to lead in with the comedy and then hit them
over the head with a drama.
- Reese Witherspoon

I just went to see too many movies and I sat in too
many dark matinees watching those old serials.
- Sam Elliott

The best part was watching Journey grow into this monster.
The band was huge, playing these enormous gigs.
- Neil Schon

I think that came out of watching all those serious
movies for all that time.
If you watch a movie like Zero Hour,
Sterling Hayden is pretty funny,
and so are the guys in the cockpit.
- David Zucker

Toward the end of school I started watching movies.
Got a job in a movie theater in Brookline,
Massachusetts.
- Jim McKay

Very good coaches for ski jumpers stand at the top
of the slope and watch the jumpers prepare,
rather than standing at the bottom and watching them land.
- Roland Joffe

Moving from chair to chair, from coffee machine to
coffee machine is the limit of my action in most films.
But I enjoy being cast in them because I love watching them.
- Stephen Fry

Be prepared, and be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

So the programs all start to all look the same.
I watched one free skating competition,
and I thought I was watching a short program.
Everyone was doing exactly the same elements.
- Brian Boitano

My mother was watching on television and she doesn't want me to hurt anyone.
- George Foreman

I love to cook and I know a lot of people watching love those segments,
but so often they feel rushed to me.
If we give 'em a bit more time to breathe,
people will get more out of them.
- Tony Danza

I loved history because to me, history was like watching a movie.
- Quentin Tarantino

In fact, I had the idea because of Peter Falk.
I saw my dad watching a Peter Falk movie and something clicked in my head.
I gotta go make a movie for Peter Falk and me.
- Paul Reiser


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