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Jack Vance Quotes and Sayings

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In fact, almost every job you get somebody watching you.
- Jack Vance

Then there was Clark Ashton Smith, who wrote for Weird
Tales and who had a wild imagination.
He wasn't a very talented writer, but his imagination was wonderful.
- Jack Vance

It seems to limit you; when you're working in an office,
you're a creature in a small cell under somebody's
supervision and surveillance.
- Jack Vance

A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story.
He's supposed to be completely immersed,
submerged in the environment.
- Jack Vance

 

These are just the tip of the iceberg,
because I read and read and read.
I read everything.
- Jack Vance

I thought that automobiles were going to have mufflers
and go fast and airplanes were going to fly fast.
- Jack Vance

I don't read other science fiction.
I don't read any at all.
- Jack Vance

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I just wrote what I felt like writing since they seemed to sell.
- Jack Vance

But I've sure worked at jobs where I have been under inspection.
- Jack Vance

I'd never been published when I was young.
- Jack Vance

I never made lots of money at it, but I sold enough.
- Jack Vance

There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley,
who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me,
but I couldn't tell you what it was.
- Jack Vance

I haven't sold to the movies.
In other words, I haven't gotten any enormous checks yet.
- Jack Vance

This flattery has been rather slow in coming.
I think all of sudden late in life now I'm getting
some credit for what I've done.
Which is gratifying, but it's kind of a little late.
- Jack Vance

But, for instance, when I was awfully young,
I read all the Oz books.
They were an enormous influence on me.
- Jack Vance

But I'm so slow on it because I find it terribly hard
writing blind on computers.
The computer speaks to me, but it's just so slow,
I'm so terribly slow using it.
- Jack Vance

Sometimes some of these little side excursions are
useful and I manage to fit them in the book somewhere.
- Jack Vance

I do read books.
I suppose it's more or less the same thing,
but at least I'm alone and I'm an individual.
I can stop anytime I want, which I frequently do.
- Jack Vance

I got done writing Ports of Call and suddenly realized
I have far too much material for the book.
- Jack Vance

I worked for half a cent a word.
I'm not a fast writer to begin with,
so for the first few years I had do other things.
- Jack Vance

I was a carpenter for a time and everybody watches what you do.
- Jack Vance

But Roy Rockwood, it was science fiction for the sake of science fiction.
- Jack Vance

As I mentioned, I was a carpenter for a time.
- Jack Vance

Well, I think everything I've ever read contributes
to the background from which I write.
- Jack Vance

I never worked in an office in my life.
- Jack Vance

I was an omnivore at reading, so that everything I ever read contributed.
- Jack Vance

I haven't been to a movie since somebody gave me free tickets to Star Wars,
which I went to.
- Jack Vance

So I'll write it, and then I'll find out that I actually
wrote something that is utterly useless.
You can't use it in the story and it doesn't fit.
So I just throw it away.
I've done that countless times.
- Jack Vance

Right now I'm so old that if I had a big gush of money,
I don't know what I'd do with it.
I don't travel anymore.
I don't need anything, don't want anything.
I'd give it to my son, I guess, and let him enjoy it.
- Jack Vance

The story was such that I couldn't make a graceful
ending and then make a graceful new beginning.
I could have, but I didn't want to.
So, it isn't the most graceful way of writing a story.
This new story is, I think, is pretty good stuff.
I'm pleased with it anyway.
- Jack Vance

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it.
- Charles R. Swindoll

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

The mind exists in time, in fact the mind is time;
it exists in the past and the future.
And remember, time consists of only two tenses,
the past and the future.
The present is not part of time,
the present is part of eternity.
- Osho

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude to me is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than success,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past ...
we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you ...
we are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll

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

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Belief creates the actual fact.
- William James

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

You know they say the most dangerous person of the
world is a member of the United States Congress just
home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
- Johnny Isakson

Thirty was so strange for me.
I've really had to come to terms with the fact that
I am now a walking and talking adult.
- C. S. Lewis

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does
not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton,
they laughed at the Wright brothers.
But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
- Carl Sagan

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the
fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
- Gerhard Schroeder

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

The fact that I exist is a perpetual surprise.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition.
The immature mind often mistakes one for the other,
or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy -
in fact, they're almost incompatible;
one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.
Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil.
- Robert Heinlein

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth
can ever turn it into a fact.
- Honore de Balzac

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

The great secret of doctors, known only to their wives,
but still hidden from the public, is that most things
get better by themselves;
most things,
in fact, are better in the morning.
- Lewis Thomas

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind,
and that state of the mind can only be described
by presenting that natural appearance as its picture.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact.
And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
- John Lennon

It is a fact that cannot be denied:
the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness
because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.
- Carl Jung

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the
refrigerator are so far apart,
some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.
- Joey Adams

It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb
cholesterol if you take it from another person's plate.
- Dave Barry

Every known fact in natural science was divined
by the presentiment of somebody,
before it was actually verified.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability
of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- Henry David Thoreau

A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time
to save money is when you have some.
- Joe Moore

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded.
In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
- Winston Churchill

The fact that New York continues in the face of all of the chaos,
of the crime, of the madness, you just think that it
would just pop and vanish,
just explode.
- Spalding Gray

Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average.
His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some
part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.
- Sigmund Freud


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