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Jerry Pournelle Quotes and Sayings

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So, I guess the answer to your question is very few
people can bring off a novel of the future because
it's just so damn hard to make it look like the future.
- Jerry Pournelle

In any ethical situation, the thing you want least
to do is probably the right action.
- Jerry Pournelle

And meanwhile, the storytellers like me and Anderson,
Silverberg...
we tell stories.
People like them.
They want to know how it comes out, they want to know what the ending is.
- Jerry Pournelle

We do a hard fantasy as well as hard science fiction,
and I think I probably single-handedly recreated military science fiction.
It was dead before I started working in it.
- Jerry Pournelle

 

I think it takes about a million words to make a writer.
I mean that you're going to throw away.
- Jerry Pournelle

Heinlein never had a best-seller.
Even, I think, with Stranger in a Strange Land,
I don't think it was actually on the New York Times best seller list.
- Jerry Pournelle

I have more information in one place than anybody in the world.
- Jerry Pournelle

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And that's another piece of advice I'll give junior writers;
when you get to the point where they take you to lunch,
let the editor suggest where to go.
- Jerry Pournelle

The Aztecs believe they started up in what's now New Mexico,
and wandered for 10,000 years before they got down into where they are now,
in Mexico City.
That's a weird legend.
- Jerry Pournelle

The importance of information is directly proportional to its improbability.
- Jerry Pournelle

Somebody's always getting me to come lecture to their writing class,
and I don't talk about writing at all,
I talk about the business of making a living at this racket.
- Jerry Pournelle

And in down times it shakes a lot of the bad SF out,
a lot the stuff that was bought for literary reasons,
which is neither entertaining nor great literature.
- Jerry Pournelle

One the other hand, the publishing trend is ghastly,
isn't it? Two hundred and something distributors are
now down to 10 or 12? And what's the recruiting drive?
- Jerry Pournelle

Asimov was the reason why we changed some rules in the SFWA,
and I'm not convinced we changed it for the best.
- Jerry Pournelle

You no longer have much in the way of knowing what to do in a big,
epic novel about the future, because nobody knows what
the hell is going to happen.
- Jerry Pournelle

There were probably, what, 300 science-fiction members in the SFWA,
of whom probably a hundred were active members in the
sense that they were selling something every year,
or every couple years.
- Jerry Pournelle

The hard part of writing at all is sitting your ass
down in a chair and writing it.
There's always something better to do,
like I've got an interview, sharpening the pencils,
trimming the roses.
There's always something better to do.
Going to a writer's club?
- Jerry Pournelle

I started in this racket in the early '70s,
and when I was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America,
of which I was like the sixth president,
I was the first one nobody ever heard of.
- Jerry Pournelle

Because Tom Doherty and people like that are not stupid.
If they could have streamlined their operation more
to get more money out of it,
they would have done it.
It's not like they're a bunch of idiots.
- Jerry Pournelle

We're basically after Joe's beer money,
and Joe likes his beer, so you better make sure that
what you give him is at least as pleasurable to him
as having his six-pack of beer would be.
- Jerry Pournelle

Write a lot.
And finish what you write.
Don't join writer's clubs and go sit around having
coffee reading pieces of your manuscript to people.
Write it.
Finish it.
I set those rules up years ago, and nothing's changed.
- Jerry Pournelle

You see, I used to do a certain amount of market research
by going to the local drugstore and seeing what the
truck drivers would put up.
Now it's all just copies from the latest best-seller
list and damn little of anything else.
- Jerry Pournelle

I'm becoming more and more myself with time.
I guess that's what grace is.
The refinement of your soul through time.
- Jewel

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness
with which one must look and listen,
record in astonishment
and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
- Margaret Mead

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

Meddling:
Everything that happens in the world, or doesn't happen,
is NOT my responsibility.
There are more than enough things that are my responsibility.
I am responsible for my thoughts, my beliefs, and my actions -
and that is enough.
It does not serve me to mind anyone else's business.
I can only make myself unhappy by trying to second guess
what anyone else thinks or does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else's.
- Will Rogers

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every spirit makes its house,
and we can give a shrewd guess
from the house to the inhabitant.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Still, things could be a lot worse.
Oh, that's right... I'm falling to my death. Guess they can't.
- the movie Megamind (2010)

I don't like formal gardens.
I like wild nature.
It's just the wilderness instinct in me,
I guess.
- Walt Disney

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door,
leaving those who look through to guess about what
is seen during the moment.
- Carl Sandburg

I am not quite sure where home is right now.
I do have places in London and Milan,
and a house in Spain.
I guess I would say home is where my mother is,
and she lives in Spain.
- Sarah Brightman

I guess I was a mom so late in life,
my daughter was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
- Candice Bergen

If you don't design your own life plan,
chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan.
And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
- Jim Rohn

I guess a good song is a good song is a good song,
ya know.
- George Thorogood

A final word: I am not knowledgeable about the internet.
I do not have a computer.
I guess that at 74 years of age, I don't have the patience to learn.
- David Wilkerson

I wish my butt did not go sideways, but I guess I have to face that.
- Christie Brinkley

I guess you can tease me about being a drama queen,
because that did heighten the drama.
- Greg Louganis

I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them.
- Ezra Pound

So I guess I had, I think they tell me I had,
about three years total of piano lessons,
off and on.
- Warren Zevon

I guess I fell into cooking.
- Bobby Flay

I love things made out of animals.
It's just so funny to think of someone saying,
'I need a letter opener.
I guess I'll have to kill a deer.
- David Sedaris

I guess more players lick themselves that are ever
licked by an opposing team.
The first thing any man has to know is how to handle himself.
- Connie Mack

I guess I was a bad boy...
Yes, yes, I've had lots of women in my life.
- Kirk Douglas

I guess I'm a hopeful optimist, because to be a pessimist is to be suicidal.
- Peter Benchley

Two packed houses.
I guess the theater sat 2,700 people every night so
it was an amazing experience.
- Blair Underwood

That's a tough question; I've been acting since I was 10.
My dad was an entrepreneur, so I guess something along those lines.
I wouldn't want a 9-5 job.
- Will Estes

Design schools are good, I guess, sometimes I visit schools,
but they are very very limiting.
- Marc Newson

I guess many game music fans prefer original soundtrack albums.
- Nobuo Uematsu

I'm not a religious person, so I'm not a hardcore fate
fan but I guess it's got me thinking about that.
I was very careful, though, not to link Jaye's stories always to that.
- Caroline Dhavernas

I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks,
but for the ledger of our daily work.
- Neil Armstrong

I guess maybe I'm idealistic.
- John Cusack

My guess is more reporters probably vote Democrat than Republican -
just because I think reporters are smart.
- Jerry Springer

Try to guess my answer to that question,
however temptingly you pose it.
- Mario Monti

'Born to play? Hmmm.
Probably Romeo...
or Hamlet, I guess.
Also, I'd be a great Alexander the Great.
- David Carradine

I was probably just trying to be Dennis Miller,
but without the vocabulary to actually be Dennis Miller.
I guess I was just less interesting than I am now,
if I am interesting at all.
- Todd Barry

Nobody heard records of you playing whatever the melody
was on those low strings.
It worked out good, you know, about 25 or 26 million records later.
I guess it worked out alright.
- Lee Hazlewood

I guess the painkillers wipe out your memory along with your ethics.
- Keith Olbermann

In a way I guess I'd be a bad judge of what it was
like because it just seemed perfectly normal to me.
- Susan Olsen

Yeah, I guess everyone's had a reasonable amount of sex in their lives,
some less than others.
- Josh Silver

It's still going on.
I guess it will be until Redmond quits,
dies or is jailed.
- Farrah Fawcett

I guess I'll just slip into the studio after the next time with the Muses,
and then just keel over and die.
- Kristin Hersh

Hindsight is wonderful.
It's always very easy to second guess after the fact.
- Helen Reddy

I guess the majority of people who want to ban certain
musicians are the ones who are so proud of everything America stands for.
- Stephen Malkmus

My mission, I guess, has always been the kind of world
where lesbian and gay people can celebrate who we are with equal freedom,
dignity, and respect.
- John Fisher

I like to go for a walk or swimming or in the garden when I can.
It's a busy kind of life, but I guess I'm lucky.
- Brian May

I guess I can go anywhere I want.
If only I knew where to go.
- Layne Staley

I'm a pretty quiet guy, but if people want to think of me as a lady killer,
I guess that's good.
- James Woods

The so-called feminist writers were disgusted with me.
I did my thing, and so I guess by feminist standards I'm a feminist.
That suits me fine.
- Chrissie Hynde


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