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Len Wein Quotes and Sayings

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There is an ancient legend which warns that,
should we ever learn our true origin,
our universe will instantly be destroyed.
- Len Wein

I had never really thought of myself as a writer;
any writing I had done was just to give myself something to draw.
- Len Wein

People who were more concerned with themselves and
looking good to their readers then they were with the
characters sacrificed a series for the sake of a story.
- Len Wein

The bottom line always remains the same:
What is the basic humanity of the character? How do
I make them resonate with the reader?
- Len Wein

 

I became an art major, took every art class my school had to offer.
In college, I majored in Advertising Art and Design.
- Len Wein

When I got my first glimpse of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine,
my breath caught.
In that single instant, he was Wolverine.
- Len Wein

A writer writes.
Period.
No matter if someone is buying your work or not.
- Len Wein

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In these litigious times, if you're a beginner,
it's becoming harder and harder to get your work to
the people who might actually be able to hire you.
- Len Wein

You can read a dozen different textbooks or how-to
manuals that will tell you the basic rules of what makes a story -
a beginning,
a middle, and an end.
- Len Wein

I'm a neurotic New York Jew by birth.
Creating characters is second nature to me.
- Len Wein

A true friend is someone who is there for you when
he'd rather be anywhere else.
- Len Wein

I realized the only thing I owed my audience was my
own judgment and my own best effort.
- Len Wein

In general, shorter is better.
If you can encapsulate your idea into a single captivating sentence,
you're halfway home.
- Len Wein

When someone writes to tell me something I've written made them laugh or cry,
I've done my job and done it well.
The rest is all semantics.
- Len Wein

It all depends on which side of the desk you're sitting on.
- Len Wein

When I'm my own editor, there's very little difference
between the first draft and the final.
I write what feels right to begin with.
I rarely make any major changes.
- Len Wein

Art is always in the eyes of the beholder.
Only posterity has the right to point out our mistakes.
- Len Wein

I try to find what makes even the worst,
most despicable character sympathetic at his or her core.
- Len Wein

I've never sat down and thought about the difference between plot and theme.
To me, that's never been important.
- Len Wein

If a story isn't working, I'm simply unable to finish it.
That's what usually tells me something is wrong.
- Len Wein

I hate the crazy, neurotic characters beyond a certain point.
- Len Wein

I've always thought of myself as an organic writer,
rather than a cerebral one.
I feel my way along as I go, hoping I'll get to the place I intend to reach.
- Len Wein

I think there's something inherently dishonest in trying
to go back and mess with the past.
- Len Wein

I was a very sickly kid.
While I was in the hospital at age 7,
my Dad brought me a stack of comic books to keep me occupied.
I was hooked.
- Len Wein

I would like immortality.
- Len Wein

Lord of the Rings, I think, is far and away the most brilliantly done stuff.
- Len Wein

I've had editors over the years who couldn't find a
clue if it was stapled to their butt.
- Len Wein

Were there stories I wrote along the way that were terrible clinkers? God,
yes.
But they were all a product of their time,
and I did the best I could.
- Len Wein

Unfortunately, there are writers whose only concern
is how good they could make themselves look on a title.
- Len Wein

These days, it seems that if you're not already in place,
you can't get there from here.
- Len Wein

I try not to violate what came before me and to leave
lots of wiggle room for those who will follow.
- Len Wein

I always wanted to fire rays out of my fingertips.
- Len Wein

What makes a story is how well it manages to connect with the reader,
the visceral effect it has.
- Len Wein

The most unrealistic thing I've ever read in comics
is when some group of characters calls themselves the
Brotherhood of Evil or the Masters of Evil.
I don't believe any character believes their goals to be truly evil.
- Len Wein

It's all about who's where on the food chain.
When I'm the story editor, I expect my writers to follow my vision.
When I'm working for another editor,
I'm obliged to follow their vision.
- Len Wein

Sometimes you're not even sure which of your stories were failures.
There are things I've written that I thought were complete
catastrophes when I finished with them that have gone
on to generate some of my most positive feedback.
- Len Wein

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi)

One service to need heals an ancient wound.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

That which you hate to be done to you,
do not do to another.
- Ancient Egyptian Proverb

Do not do to others what would anger you
if done to you by others.
- Isocrates (Ancient Greek)

Maybe So, Maybe Not.
- Ancient Taoist Proverb

Seize the day (Carpe Diem)
- ancient Roman proverb

Never impose on others what
you would not choose for yourself.
- Confucius (Ancient Chinese)

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate,
now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?
- Will Rogers

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

Georgia is not just a European country,
but one of the most ancient European countries.
- Mikhail Saakashvili

The Ancient Mariner would not have taken so well if
it had been called The Old Sailor.
- Samuel Butler

Even as fog continues to lie in the valleys,
so does ancient sin cling to the low places,
the depressions in the world consciousness.
- Dewitt Bodeen

The surest method of being incomprehensible or,
moreover, to be misunderstood is to use words in their original sense;
especially words from the ancient languages.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease.
The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

All good fortune is a gift of the gods,
and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good,
but by being bold.
- Anita Brookner

The Temple of Diana is in the vicinity of the fountain,
which has given rise to the conjecture that it originally
constituted a portion of the ancient baths.
- Marguerite Gardiner

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods;
they have not forgotten this.
- Terry Pratchett

The storm came.
Lives were washed away.
Ancient pains resurfaced.
Now it is time for a sea of change.
- Tavis Smiley

Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage.
I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
- Voltaire

All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark.
- Helena Bonham Carter

Universalism as an ideal is as old as nay,
is probably much more ancient than the Christian ideal.
- Arthur Keith

The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead,
but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
- Thomas Hobbes

The question of the composition of perceptible objects
is one which already occupied the mind of the ancient Greeks.
- Johannes Stark

The future of that ancient chamber remains in considerable doubt.
- Robert A. Dahl

Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading.
- Gilbert Murray

The moment at which music reveals its true nature is
contained in the ancient exercise of the theme with variations.
The complete mystery of music is explained right there.
- Pierre Schaeffer

Ocean is more ancient than the mountains,
and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.
- H. P. Lovecraft

A language is a more ancient and inevitable thing than any state.
- Joseph Brodsky

Mother's taste was eclectic and ranged from the ancient
world to the contemporary from Europe to the U.S.
- David Rockefeller

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war
appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
- Robert Wilson Lynd

This being so, it follows that mythology ought not
to take the prominent place that is too often assigned
to it in the scientific study of ancient faiths.
- William Robertson Smith

In marriage there are no manners to keep up,
and beneath the wildest accusations no real criticism.
Each is familiar with that ancient child in the other who may erupt again.
We are not ridiculous to ourselves.
We are ageless.
That is the luxury of the wedding ring.
- Enid Bagnold

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy,
and after all our most pleasing responsibility.
To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.
- Wendell Berry

I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires rise and fall,
sowing the seeds of their own destruction.
- Martin Scorsese


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