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Graham Nelson Quotes and Sayings

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I try to make puzzles range all the way from easy to hard,
and to leave many open at once.
- Graham Nelson

If pushed, though, I'd say that the next stage will
be reached when it it's no longer true that about 75%
of the best games were written in 1980's on the way to that.
- Graham Nelson

I'm rather pleased with the new manuals.
I see Inform now as a gauche young adult,
having got past the stage of growing out of his shoes every few months.
- Graham Nelson

By the new year of 1994, it had grown up into Inform
4 and could produce games twice as large.
- Graham Nelson

 

I don't really believe in 'directions' in art;
the rope twists as you follow it,
that's all.
- Graham Nelson

At the end of April I archived 'Curses' and Inform,
and announced them on the newsgroups.
- Graham Nelson

Players very widely disagree with me about what's hard and what's easy.
and in a way, 'I won, but it was a fight' is the best
compliment a game can receive.
- Graham Nelson

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Then in my early teens, when the home computer bubble was blowing,
I had one of the first, an Acorn Atom,
and used to write primitive adventures on that.
- Graham Nelson

The 'interactive fiction' format hasn't changed in
any fundamental way since the early 1970s,
in the same way that the format of the novel hasn't since 1700.
- Graham Nelson

For a fortnight nobody at all emailed me,
or posted a follow-up.
Doesn't anyone care, I thought? It turned out my newsreader was broken,
and hadn't posted at all.
- Graham Nelson

Writing a really general parser is a major but different undertaking,
by far the hardest points being sensitivity to context
and resolution of ambiguity.
- Graham Nelson

This means keeping many trails open at once,
inevitably requiring a fairly 'parallel' plot.
This plot should be discovered rather than announced,
so show, don't tell.
- Graham Nelson

The most frequent complaint is that it's hard.
True.
it's a hard game to win Also, many people ask me how
to use the secret debugging commands,
apparently under the impression that I'll tell them.
- Graham Nelson

I like to employ a form of repetition,
in which the same elements recur but in different and unexpected ways.
rather than being discarded as soon as they are understood or passed over.
- Graham Nelson

What I would pay much more attention to are the few
points where the player can inadvertently make a career decision.
Most players end up back-tracking, though some actually enjoy this.
- Graham Nelson

If you're setting a game during the Cuban Missile Crisis,
look through a library.
find out what people were wearing, what other issues were in the news,
how houses were furnished, what cars were being driven.
Especially include things which now seem foreign.
- Graham Nelson

Eventually I found it had been working all along-but
didn't show anything on screen until it had the first full page of text.
I inserted 30 new lines, and suddenly my toy said 'hEllO woRlD'.
An hour later I understood alphabet shifting rather better!
- Graham Nelson

A deliberate choice on my part was for the player to
continue to find new possibilities in the early Attic rooms far into the game.
I think this builds atmosphere, though it means there's
no neat division of the prologue from the middle game.
- Graham Nelson

The time has mainly gone on getting Inform into a decent shape for public use.
I suppose the plot of 'Curses' makes a sequel conceivable when compared with,
say, the plot of 'Hamlet' but none is planned.
- Graham Nelson

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day, saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher PHOTO

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

If I try to be like him, who will be like me?
- Yiddish proverb

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott PHOTO

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy PHOTO

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu PHOTO

Do or do not, there is no try.
- Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Be - don't try to become.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you are not afraid of dying,
there is nothing you cannot achieve.
- Lao Tzu

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
- Samuel Beckett

You may be disappointed if you fail,
but you are doomed if you don't try.
- Beverly Sills

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

Unless you try to do something
beyond what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don't know the key to success,
but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.
- Bill Cosby

Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

Don't try to manage people;
You manage things; You lead people.
- Grace Hopper

Do not wish to be anything but what you are,
and try to be that perfectly.
- St. Francis De Sales

When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
- John Muir

Don't give up. There are too many nay-sayers out there
who will try to discourage you.
Don't listen to them.
The only one who can make you give up is yourself.
- Sidney Sheldon

When all else fails, try thinking.
- Anonymous

Some things will never seem adequate
no matter how hard we try.
- from the movie White Man's Burden

God doesn't require us to succeed;
He only requires that you try.
- Mother Teresa

If we screw it up, start over. Try something else.
- Lee Iacocca

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The happiness of one's own heart alone
cannot satisfy the soul;
one must try to include,
as necessary to one's own happiness,
the happiness of others.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

If you want reality to be different than it is,
you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.
- Byron Katie

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

If being good isn't working - try being outrageous.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along,
because once I have persuaded him, he will stick.
If I scare him, he will stay just as long
as he is scared, and then he is gone.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
- Lao Tzu

Happiness lies in accepting everyone
in our lives EXACTLY as they are.
We cause ourselves untold misery whenever
we believe others to be imperfect and try to change them.
This is the number one rule for a happy relationship.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a gift, and I try to respond with grace and courtesy.
- Maya Angelou

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try to understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy

Consider being more acceptive of your partner's behaviors.
It is unlikely that they are intentionally aggravating you.
Almost always, they are just doing what they think they should do.
Try setting aside your own rules for how they should behave,
and adopt a live-and-let-live attitude.
Your relationship will become stronger and happier if you do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Can you achieve your goals?
You can't reach your goal if you haven't
defined your goals.
And you can't succeed if you don't try -
and then pick yourself up
and try again each time you fail.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who is persistent will realize God.
So try your best to make meditation
a regular experience in your life.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

You can't move so fast that you try to change
the mores faster than people can accept it.
That doesn't mean you do nothing,
but it means that you do the things that
need to be done according to priority.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that
you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

If you have an important point to make,
don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver.
Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again.
Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
- Winston Churchill

We try to realize the essential unity of the world
with the conscious soul of man;
we learn to perceive the unity held together
by the one Eternal Spirit,
whose power creates the earth, the sky, and the stars,
and at the same time irradiates our mind.
- Rabindranath Tagore

No matter how calmly you try to referee,
parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior,
and I'm not talking about the kids.
Their behavior is always normal.
- Bill Cosby

God sometimes does try to the uttermost
those whom he wishes to bless.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I know how hard it is in these times to have faith.
But maybe if you could have the faith to start with,
maybe the times would change.
You could change them. Think about it. Try.
And try not to hurt each other.
- the movie Oh, God!

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

Never try to teach a pig to sing.
It wastes your time, and it annoys the pig.
- Mark Twain


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