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Bruce Sterling Quotes and Sayings

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I haven't had that good a time in ages.
Since September 11, really.
I just felt so happy, it was like the sun came out of the clouds for me.
I love Italy.
- Bruce Sterling

If bin Laden is in fact publicly killed,
then the US military will find itself standing around
with its hands in its pockets,
wondering what's supposed to come next.
- Bruce Sterling

I'm an entertainer in the military-entertainment complex.
- Bruce Sterling

I like to get paid for doing basic research,
so it's pleasant to write some nonfiction about it.
- Bruce Sterling

 

I used to think that cyberspace was fifty years away.
What I thought was fifty years away,
was only ten years away.
And what I thought was ten years away...
it was already here.
I just wasn't aware of it yet.
- Bruce Sterling

They used to be seen as insane or unthinkable acts of madmen.
But if they take place they'll be called "war" too.
And there will still be no conventional war.
- Bruce Sterling

The level of ignorance is declining,
and the ability to accumulate data and manipulate it
for various ends is increasing.
- Bruce Sterling

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War as Napoleon knew it just not possible any more.
However, we're very unlikely to accept or recognize
"world peace" even when we get it.
- Bruce Sterling

Political people don't solve stuff -
not really.
Political people are like guys in pop music.
- Bruce Sterling

Humans are very aggressive and scrappy,
and go to war at the drop of a hat.
However, a standard land war is no longer going to
work as it is no longer technically possible.
- Bruce Sterling

A security cam is one small part of a much larger universe of cams.
The much larger effect, socially, politically and economically,
is going to come from a much larger trend.
- Bruce Sterling

One of the points about distractions is that everything
that they do is destabilizing.
- Bruce Sterling

I don't think there's much distinction between surveillance and media in general.
Better media means better surveillance.
Cams are everywhere.
- Bruce Sterling

We might be on the brink of an apocalypse if,
instead of poor people with suicide bombs killing middle class guys,
middle-class people with suicide bombs started killing rich guys.
- Bruce Sterling

I was once a student in a punk T-Shirt hooked on screwed-up scenarios.
That's how I became the esteemed cultural figure that I am today.
- Bruce Sterling

My idea of an amusement park story is getting adventurers
to go tour environmental disaster areas.
After all, if the entire Great Barrier Reef gets killed,
which seems like an extremely lively possibility,
what are you going to do with all that rotting limestone?
- Bruce Sterling

Privacy under what circumstance? Privacy at home under
what circumstances? You have more privacy if everyone's illiterate,
but you wouldn't really call that privacy.
That's ignorance.
- Bruce Sterling

Well, they didn't lack for topics after Hiroshima.
Why should 9/11 slow them down? I know it got a lot of press,
but it's just a few large buildings and aircraft,
it's not like D-Day and the Seige of Berlin.
- Bruce Sterling

I wouldn't describe that "position" as "parasitic."
I'd describe that experience as "edifying."
I don't merely write from a critical intellectual distance.
I actually live around here.
- Bruce Sterling

It's going to be really interesting to see what the
heroin market does in the next two years or so.
One thing you can be pretty sure of.
The Afghan peasants who grow poppies won't get rich.
The money will end up in places like Dubai.
- Bruce Sterling

Saying you have a political solution is like saying
you can write a pop song that's going to stay at the top of the list forever.
I don't have many illusions about this,
but I'm not cynical about it.
- Bruce Sterling

I do have two data identities.
I have my name, Bruce Sterling, which is my public
name under which I write novels.
I also have my other name, which is my legal name under
which I own property and vote.
- Bruce Sterling

If politics and business fail us, of course the military will be called in.
In the developing world, the massive and repeated ecological
disasters are quite commonly met by the military.
- Bruce Sterling

People in the Pentagon had colleagues killed and maimed by bin Laden.
They're trying to find bin Laden and kill him and his cult.
Naturally they consider that a legitimate thing to do,
but they're having mixed success at the job.
- Bruce Sterling

We may yet work up to some serious shooting war,
or maybe some acts of urban genocide committed with rogue nuclear weapons.
But if that were the case, why would we call that "9/11"?
If Washington disappeared in a mushroom cloud,
we'd give that huge event a different name.
- Bruce Sterling

The Bollywood distribution system is so corrupt that
they have trouble making money off movies.
So they sell shoes that an actress stepped in.
If they turned up the amps some, maybe they could sell the actresses.
- Bruce Sterling

You don't get to cut that chain of evidence and start over.
You're always going to be pursued by your data shadow,
which is forming from thousands and thousands of little
leaks and tributaries of information.
- Bruce Sterling

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet PHOTO

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather PHOTO

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard PHOTO

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
- Jonas Salk

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

You can learn how to let go of the past.
Whether you have experienced a break up
with someone you cared for deeply,
whether death has taken a loved one,
whether you have had a feud with a friend or family member,
whether you have lost a job.
Move on and let go.
Life can be joyful and rewarding again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

That's what learning is, after all;
not whether we lose the game,
but how we lose and h
ow we've changed because of it
and what we take away from it
that we never had before,
to apply to other games.
Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
- Richard Bach

I tried to remember how to exhale.
I had to look away before it came back to me.
- Bella, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Touch me in the morning
Then just walk away
We don't have tomorrow
But we had yesterday
- Ron Miller/Michael Masser

If someone had told me I would be Pope one day,
I would have studied harder.
- Pope John Paul I

I am certainly not an authority on love because there
are no authorities on love,
just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.
- Bill Cosby

Suppose our gratitude could be zero-based gratitude.
With zero-based gratitude,
we would be grateful for everything we had each day -
regardless of whether it was more or less than yesterday.
With zero-based gratitude, I can be grateful for all the people,
the love, the food, the shelter, the services,
the health, that I am blessed with today,
regardless of what I had yesterday.
With zero-based gratitude,
I can be grateful each day for the gift of life itself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have lost my seven best friends,
which is to say that God has had mercy on me
seven times without realizing it.
He lent a friendship, took it from me, and sent me another.
- Jean Cocteau

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children
is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia:
it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Bill Cosby


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