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Dan Simmons Quotes and Sayings

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I knew that I wanted to be a writer even before I knew
exactly what being a writer entailed.
- Dan Simmons

It started 25 years ago, when I was teaching elementary
school in a small town in Missouri.
- Dan Simmons

But it's not just a game of finding literary references.
- Dan Simmons

It's odd how violence and humor so often go together,
isn't it?
- Dan Simmons

 

As long as my sixth graders showed an average improvement of five years,
the principal and district pretty much left me alone
to create my own curriculum and teach whatever I wanted.
- Dan Simmons

Writing, I'm convinced, should be a subversive activity -
frowned on by the authorities -
and not one cooed over and praised beyond common sense by some teacher.
- Dan Simmons

No one inspired me to write, but writer Harlan Ellison
terrified me into getting published.
- Dan Simmons

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Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down -
there have only been three or four SF movies in the
history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.
- Dan Simmons

I loved almost everything about being a teacher,
but I was an unusual teacher.
- Dan Simmons

As for the depiction of the Catholic church,
it's not meant to be a prediction.
- Dan Simmons

The truth is, it's not a great career move to create a readership and then,
in effect, abandon them.
- Dan Simmons

It's one of the strangest attributes of this profession
that when we writers get exhausted writing one thing,
we relax by writing another.
- Dan Simmons

But I think, and hope, that the novels can be understood
and enjoyed as science fiction,
on their own terms.
- Dan Simmons

There's a unique bond of trust between readers and
authors that I don't believe exists in any other art form;
as a reader,
I trust a novelist to give me his or her best effort,
however flawed.
- Dan Simmons

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
- Robert H. Schuller

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

We are now at a point where we must educate our children
in what no one knew yesterday,
and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
- Margaret Mead

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song -
The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
- commonly but falsely attributed to William Shakespeare

Without music, life would be a mistake...
I would only believe in a God who knew how to dance.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

A person is smart. People are dumb,
panicky dangerous animals and you know it.
Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew
the Earth was the center of the universe.
Five hundred years ago,
everybody knew the Earth was flat,
and fifteen minutes ago,
you knew that humans were alone on this planet.
Imagine what you'll know tomorrow.
- the movie Men in Black

I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath
toys were a toaster and a radio.
- Joan Rivers

All my life I knew that there was all the money you could want out there.
All you have to do is go after it.
- Curtis Carlson

So my father was a person who never lied to me.
If I had a question, he answered it.
I knew a lot of things at a young age because I was intrigued.
- Nick Cannon

My father? I never knew him.
Never even seen a picture of him.
- Eminem

The more he became truly wise,
the more he distrusted everything he knew.
- Voltaire

Peace hath higher tests of manhood, than battle ever knew.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

I always knew that food and wine were vital,
with my mother being Italian and a good cook.
- Robert Mondavi

If we knew what it was we were doing,
it would not be called research, would it?
- Albert Einstein

John Candy knew he was going to die.
He told me on his 40th birthday.
He said, well, Maureen, I'm on borrowed time.
- Maureen O'Hara

My family knew, but most of the sporting world did
not realize that my right hand been some 75% paralyzed.
- Bill Toomey

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
- Robert H. Schuller

I wasn't anything special as a father.
But I loved them and they knew it.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description;
one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.
- Lord Chesterfield

I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house
with the conscious design of doing me good,
I should run for my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

I had this instinct and I just knew it.
It was a very strange thing and as soon as I finished recording it,
we were all in the studio saying we have something really special here.
- Deborah Cox

Since an early age I was taught to be very politically
aware and knew from childhood that the process was
something I wanted to contribute towards if I could.
- Adam Rickitt

I knew nothing about martial arts.
The coach told me I was talented with learning martial arts,
and put me in a school.
Three years later I got my first championship in China.
- Jet Li

And so um, I knew that I really didn't want to be a
priest and didn't want to be a celibate,
though I could probably manage it.
Um, and um, ultimately I left.
- Thomas Keneally

My older brother and myself always played together in bands,
but we never knew we would be professional musicians.
- Wynton Marsalis

Bill Astor knew these papers were missing.
Stephen showed his hand in October.
- Christine Keeler

I knew her work very well and I knew that if she offered me a role in her movie,
it wouldn't be something stupid.
So I agreed to do the film before I read the script.
- Beatrice Dalle

I didn't know the full dimensions of forever,
but I knew it was longer than waiting for Christmas to come.
- Richard Brautigan

We thus see that the Greeks of the early ages knew
little of any real people except those to the east
and south of their own country,
or near the coast of the Mediterranean.
- Thomas Bulfinch

Well, before I knew there was going to be a film.
I was the biggest Harry Potter fan.
I read all the books.
- Rupert Grint

And everything stopped quite rapidly because I knew
that nobody in Europe was able to go to space.
It was the privilege of being either American or Russian.
- Philippe Perrin

Having grown up in Oklahoma when it was one of the
last states which prohibited liquor,
I grew up with War On Drugs, where every teenager knew
who the bootleggers were.
- Tony Hillerman

I can remember loving to recruit.
I knew I was going to do my best.
But traveling and recruiting doesn't appeal to me any more.
It's not as much fun as it used to be.
- Bear Bryant

I knew the words to 25 rock songs, so I got in the group.
Long Tall Sally and Tutti-Frutti, that got me in.
That was my audition.
- Paul McCartney

The kids all knew me from Wayne's World.
The grown-ups knew me after True Lies.
- Tia Carrere

I no longer knew what it was like to feel Australian.
- Phillip Noyce

We used to think that if we knew one,
we knew two, because one and one are two.
We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'.
- Arthur Eddington

I never desired to please the rabble.
What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew
was far removed from their understanding.
- Epicurus

I knew from a very young age that there was something very wrong with me.
- Patty Duke

He did not know what love was.
And he did not know what good it was.
But he knew he carried it around with him,
a scabrous spot of rot, of contagion,
for which there was no cure.
- Harry Crews

So I all knew was you lost your limbs and you died from it.
I was scared silly.
- Della Reese

I knew I was a good stage actor but I had no idea about movies.
And I wasn't a Paul Newman type of guy.
That's why I thought the stage is just right for me.
- Ed O'Neill

I knew right away that it was a gorgeous idea.
- Lila Acheson Wallace

The Onion Field made a real writer.
And then I knew it was over, I couldn't be a cop anymore.
- Joseph Wambaugh

Why have I had this life? If I knew,
I wouldn't have done it.
- Klaus Kinski

New ideas pass through three periods:
1) It can't be done.
2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing.
3) I knew it was a good idea all along!
- Arthur C. Clarke

It wasn't until the late '70s that a lot of people knew me.
- Sam Donaldson

I knew that there were several, among African-American leaders,
who had been put out by me because of my failure or
reluctance to endorse Sen.
Kerry.
- Rodney Alexander

I knew by heart all the dialogue of James Dean's films;
I could watch Rebel Without a Cause a hundred times over.
- Elvis Presley

If I knew what makes a movie catch on then I'd make hit after hit.
- Jerry Bruckheimer

I knew if I got loaded I was going away for a while.
People would say, Oh, you're just sober because you're on probation.
- Charlie Sheen


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