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So I wrote what I hoped would be science fiction,
by 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

Science fiction is very healthy in its form.
- Robert Sheckley

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

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

 

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

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

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

I was forever reading outside of the field as well as in 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

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

I've always thought of absurdism as a French fad I'd like to belong to.
- 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 have never been a critic of science fiction as a whole.
- Robert Sheckley

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

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

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

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.

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I don't think my wife likes me very much,
when I had a heart attack she wrote for an ambulance.
- Frank Carson

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
- A. Whitney Brown

Larry only ever wrote one song, and he wrote that with Tony Kaye,
I think it was, from Yes.
- Neil Innes

In my own defense, I wrote a one-man show,
and that to me was more where I fit.
- Christopher Meloni

I wrote because I needed to and wanted to.
It never occurred to me that I'd become famous.
- Danielle Steel

When you know your cast well and their strengths and weaknesses,
you can start writing for them, just the way Shakespeare wrote for his actors.
- Stephen Sondheim

It's just that what's important there is different
there than what's important is here.
Here, people care that you wrote a book or that you work in the media.
- Chuck Klosterman

I am not overlooking any mail.
I'm looking at all of it.
I even wrote back to the Viagra people.
- Randy Newman

People are quite shocked when you remind them that
Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra never wrote a song
that they recorded in their lives,
as far as I know.
- Robert Wyatt

The songs are about things that we were thinking and we wrote 'em down,
and when you listen to 'em, whatever you think it's about...
THAT'S what it's about!
- Layne Staley

Every time there's a revolution, it comes from somebody
reading a book about revolution.
David Walker wrote a book and Nat Turner did his thing.
- Mike Tyson

When my mother left her second husband,
she wrote her autobiography and presented it to him for his approval.
- David Antin

I don't write about certain arguments I have with my wife.
I'd get my head torn off if wrote about certain things.
- Harvey Pekar

I started listening to music when I wrote when I had three sons at home.
- Philip Levine

I always wrote about things that were important to me.
I think our past success showed that it was also important for a lot of others.
- Gavin Rossdale

I know that many writers have had to write under censorship
and yet produced good novels;
for instance,
Cervantes wrote Don Quixote under Catholic censorship.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I wrote a few children's books...
not on purpose.
- Steven Wright

I'm the guy who wrote The Authority Song.
Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was
only a song to entertain?
- John Mellencamp

I got about 6037 songs I wrote myself and I'm trying
to get them on the market and I just wish people could
hear them and stuff but they'll do pretty good.
- Hasil Adkins

I wrote a book called The Taste of New Wine because
I couldn't find a book that talked about the reality
of the situation and how we were dishonest and afraid.
- Keith Miller

When you say "I wrote a program that crashed Windows,"
people just stare at you blankly and say "Hey,
I got those with the system, for free."
- Linus Torvalds

For example, after developing a sound similar to an elephant trumpeting,
I wrote the song Elephant Talk which gave my elephant
sound an appropriate place to live.
- Adrian Belew

I wrote in the book very specifically what I wanted to write about,
period, and left it at.
- Kate Adie

I wrote about people who liked fake fireplaces in their parlor,
who thought a brass horse with a clock embedded in its flank was wonderful.
- Betty Smith

I didn't finish the stories until we went to the Philippines and I got malaria.
I couldn't work and I didn't have any money,
but I had seven stories.
So I wrote three or four more.
- Denis Johnson

The Glass Key is better than anything Hemingway ever wrote.
- Rex Stout

I wrote a great deal...
but very little of any importance; there are not more
than four of five papers which I can still remember with some satisfaction.
- Godfrey Harold Hardy

I wrote my children's book because I believe there
are children that are hurting and may need to know
that there is love out there for them-
God's love.
- Janine Turner

I never kept a diary, but I wrote detailed notes of my travels.
- David Rockefeller

I did not write it.
God wrote it.
I merely did his dictation.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

That's what George wrote!
He wrote it.
Why change it? There was this European company that
I was speaking about awhile ago -
course,
didn't nobody know what Porgy was.
- Cab Calloway

What is wonderful about great literature is that it
transforms the man who reads it towards the condition of the man who wrote.
- E. M. Forster

Brahms believed that there was no need to publish absolutely
everything that Schubert ever wrote.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

When I was 5, my mother threw a party,
and a friend and I wrote and performed a play called The Dutch Doll.
- Mira Sorvino

Do you know what would hold me together on a battlefield?
The sense that I was perpetuating the language in which
Keats and the rest of them wrote!
- Wilfred Owen

Homer was able to give us no information relating to the truth,
for he wrote of human rather than divine things.
- Lactantius

Dr. Johnson was a lazy learned man who liked to think
and talk better than to read or write;
who,
however, wrote much and well, but too often by rote.
- William Hazlitt

I have been writing since I was about 20,
and at first I wrote in secret and never showed anybody.
I was very concerned about making a living,
so I conducted.
- David Friedman

Somebody wrote a script around us, but Dustin Abraham came with the best one.
- Method Man

My musical heroes are people like Pete Seeger and Woody
Guthrie who wrote and sang real songs for real people;
for everyone,
old, young, and in between.
- Tom Chapin

I wrote for a weekly magazine and then edited a literary magazine,
but I did not really feel comfortable with the profession of journalism itself.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Around 1967 Dan Bobrow wrote a program to do algebra
problems based on symbols rather than numbers.
- Marvin Minsky

The first poem I ever wrote, about loss,
when I was 5 years old, expressed the themes of everything I would ever write.
- Marguerite Young

I took lots of photographs and had planned to write
a treatise on how it worked,
but I quickly got bored with that idea and wrote a
scientific fairy tale instead.
- Kit Williams

Hair is also a problem.
I remember once, when I was reporting from Beirut at
the height of the civil war,
someone wrote in to the BBC complaining about my appearance.
- Kate Adie

My brother used to say that I wrote faster than he could read.
He wrote two books - of poems - better than all mine put together.
- Laurence Housman

John wrote with a very deep love for the human race
and a concern for its future.
- Yoko Ono


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