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Most of us don't have to worry about being shot of
by Octavia Butler

Most of us don't have to worry about being shot of
we poke our noses outside.
So we are comfortable, but the people I'm writing about
are definitely not comfortable,
and being shot while they're still inside is a good possibility.
- Octavia Butler

I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.
- Octavia Butler

Here I was into astronomy, and here into anthropology,
and there I go into geology.
It was much more fun to be able to research and write
about whatever I wanted to.
- Octavia Butler

Well, writing was what I wanted to do,
it was always what I wanted to do.
I had novels to write so I wrote them.
- Octavia Butler

 

The thing about science fiction is that it's totally wide open.
But it's wide open in a conditional way.
- Octavia Butler

I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and
started writing science fiction around the same time.
- Octavia Butler

Once you grow past Mommy and Daddy coming running when you're hurt,
you're really on your own.
You're alone, and there's no one to help you.
- Octavia Butler

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No...
a novel is a long business.
I'm a slow writer, even when I'm doing very well I write slowly.
- Octavia Butler

I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership.
- Octavia Butler

So fantasy was fine early on, and when I discovered science fiction,
I was very happy with it, because my first interest
in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy.
- Octavia Butler

Science fiction let me do both.
It let me look into science and stick my nose in everywhere.
- Octavia Butler

I have a huge and savage conscience that won't let me get away with things.
- Octavia Butler

Writing is one of the few professions in which you
can psychoanalyse yourself,
get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public,
and get paid for it.
- Octavia Butler

But my problem with fantasy, and horror,
and related genres, is that sometimes the problems are illogical.
- Octavia Butler

Fantasy is totally wide open; all you really have to
do is follow the rules you've set.
But if you're writing about science,
you have to first learn what you're writing about.
- Octavia Butler

I would never have been a good scientist -
my attention span was too short for that.
- Octavia Butler

On the other hand, I was very much interested in the way people behaved,
the human dance, how they seemed to move around each other.
I wanted to play around with that.
- Octavia Butler

I was raised Baptist, and I like the fact that I got
my conscience installed early.
- Octavia Butler

People have the right to call themselves whatever they like.
That doesn't bother me.
It's other people doing the calling that bothers me.
- Octavia Butler

And by the way, I wanted to point out that Kindred is not science fiction.
You'll note there's no science in it.
It's a kind of grim fantasy.
- Octavia Butler

No one was going to stop me from writing and no one
had to really guide me towards science fiction.
It was natural, really, that I would take that interest.
- Octavia Butler

You don't start out writing good stuff.
You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff,
and then gradually you get better at it.
That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
- Octavia Butler

I wasn't trying to work out my own ancestry.
I was trying to get people to feel slavery.
I was trying to get across the kind of emotional and
psychological stones that slavery threw at people.
- Octavia Butler

While Fledging is a different type of book,
The Parable series serve as cautionary tales.
I wrote the Parable books because of the direction of the country.
You can call it save the world fiction,
but it clearly doesn't save anything.
- Octavia Butler

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing.
There is a time for silence.
A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny.
And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.
- Octavia Butler

Religion kept some of my relatives alive,
because it was all they had.
If they hadn't had some hope of heaven,
some companionship in Jesus, they probably would have committed suicide,
their lives were so hellish.
- Octavia Butler

Third, for people who aren't doing it already,
take classes - they're worthwhile.
Workshops or classes - a workshop is where you do actually
get feedback on your work,
not just something where you go and sit for a day.
- Octavia Butler

No, I think the future of humanity will be like the past,
we'll do what we've always done and there will still be human beings.
Granted, there will always be people doing something
different and there are a lot of possibilities.
- Octavia Butler

A workshop is a way of renting an audience,
and making sure you're communicating what you think you're communicating.
It's so easy as a young writer to think you're been
very clear when in fact you haven't.
- Octavia Butler

And I have this little litany of things they can do.
And the first one, of course, is to write -
every day,
no excuses.
It's so easy to make excuses.
Even professional writers have days when they'd rather
clean the toilet than do the writing.
- Octavia Butler

I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open.
I was able to do anything and there were no walls to
hem you in and there was no human condition that you
were stopped from examining.
- Octavia Butler

What I'm working on now - I'm back to fantasy,
although considering that it's me, I'm turning it into
a kind of science fantasy.
It's a vampire story - but my vampires are biological vampires.
They didn't become vampires because someone bit them;
they were born that way.
- Octavia Butler

I talked to members of my family, and did some personal
research that didn't really have anything to do with
the time and place I was writing about,
but that gave me a feeling of the experience of being
black in a time and place where it was very difficult to be black.
- Octavia Butler

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.
- Swedish Proverb

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
- George Washington

If you look into your own heart,
and you find nothing wrong there,
what is there to worry about?
What is there to fear?
- Confucius

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,
it only saps today of its joy.
- Leo Buscaglia

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
- Anonymous

How much pain they have cost us,
the evils which have never happened.
- Thomas Jefferson

If the problem can be solved,
there is no use worrying about it.
If it can't be solved,
worrying will do no good.
- Tibetan proverb

Worrying is like a rocking chair,
it gives you something to do,
but it gets you nowhere.
- Glenn Turner

It is not work that kills men; it is worry.
Worry is rust upon the blade.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
- Thomas Jefferson

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying
about things which are beyond the power of our will.
- Epictetus

It is idle to dread what you cannot avoid.
- Publilius Syrus

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
- Winston Churchill

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
- Soren Kierkegaard

One who has any faith in God
should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

You can't change the past,
but you can ruin the present
by worrying about the future.
- Anonymous

Choose! If it's worth doing, do it today.
If it's not worth doing today, save yourself a lot
of worry and regret by choosing to permanently
erase it from your to-do list.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The antidotes for worry are gratitude, action, and service.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life only appears complicated when one is worrying.
Relax, and life becomes simple again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you're doing your best,
you won't have any time to worry about failure.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

When you feel worried and depressed,
consciously form a smile on your face and act upbeat
until the happy feeling becomes genuine.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you believe that a task will be difficult, it will be -
and you will have suffered with worry beforehand.
Approach life with joy and optimism.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I never worry about action, but only about inaction.
- Winston Churchill

Don't worry when you are not recognized,
but strive to be worthy of recognition.
- Abraham Lincoln

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry,
and one who has any faith in God
should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

"It's not that important,
don't worry about it" is the answer,
now what was the question?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not anticipate trouble,
or worry about what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight.
- Benjamin Franklin

Today I Release All My Troubles And Grief.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

Are you feeling stressed and upset?
If so, you are worrying about tomorrow.
Events that have already occurred may cause you regret,
but they only appear to cause worry.
If you just lost your job, you are not worrying about losing your job -
that already happened.
You are worrying about paying your bills and finding a new job.
Those are worries about tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anything that costs you more hours of effort or worry
than it brings you hours of enjoyment
is a candidate for downsizing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I could tell the world just one thing
it would be we're all okay,
and not to worry cause worry is wasteful
and useless in times like these.
I won't be made useless.
I won't be idle with despair,
I will gather myself around my faith.
Light does the darkness most fear.
- Jewel

My life is for living, not for worry or doubt,
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As a cure for worrying,
work is better than whiskey.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If something is important to you,
attend to it immediately, and regularly.
If something is not really important to you,
that's great also -
just scratch it off your to-do list forever,
and never worry about it again.
Choose how you invest your time, and honor your choices.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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