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Octavia Butler Quotes and Sayings

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Well, writing was what I wanted to do,
it was always what I wanted to do.
I had novels to write so I wrote them.
- Octavia Butler

So fantasy was fine early on, and when I discovered science fiction,
I was very happy with it, because my first interest
in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy.
- Octavia Butler

I have a huge and savage conscience that won't let me get away with things.
- Octavia Butler

But my problem with fantasy, and horror,
and related genres, is that sometimes the problems are illogical.
- Octavia Butler

 

Fantasy is totally wide open; all you really have to
do is follow the rules you've set.
But if you're writing about science,
you have to first learn what you're writing about.
- Octavia Butler

The thing about science fiction is that it's totally wide open.
But it's wide open in a conditional way.
- Octavia Butler

And by the way, I wanted to point out that Kindred is not science fiction.
You'll note there's no science in it.
It's a kind of grim fantasy.
- Octavia Butler

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I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership.
- Octavia Butler

On the other hand, I was very much interested in the way people behaved,
the human dance, how they seemed to move around each other.
I wanted to play around with that.
- Octavia Butler

Writing is one of the few professions in which you
can psychoanalyse yourself,
get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public,
and get paid for it.
- Octavia Butler

No...
a novel is a long business.
I'm a slow writer, even when I'm doing very well I write slowly.
- Octavia Butler

People have the right to call themselves whatever they like.
That doesn't bother me.
It's other people doing the calling that bothers me.
- Octavia Butler

I would never have been a good scientist -
my attention span was too short for that.
- Octavia Butler

Here I was into astronomy, and here into anthropology,
and there I go into geology.
It was much more fun to be able to research and write
about whatever I wanted to.
- Octavia Butler

Science fiction let me do both.
It let me look into science and stick my nose in everywhere.
- Octavia Butler

Once you grow past Mommy and Daddy coming running when you're hurt,
you're really on your own.
You're alone, and there's no one to help you.
- Octavia Butler

I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.
- Octavia Butler

I was raised Baptist, and I like the fact that I got
my conscience installed early.
- Octavia Butler

I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and
started writing science fiction around the same time.
- Octavia Butler

No one was going to stop me from writing and no one
had to really guide me towards science fiction.
It was natural, really, that I would take that interest.
- Octavia Butler

I wasn't trying to work out my own ancestry.
I was trying to get people to feel slavery.
I was trying to get across the kind of emotional and
psychological stones that slavery threw at people.
- Octavia Butler

While Fledging is a different type of book,
The Parable series serve as cautionary tales.
I wrote the Parable books because of the direction of the country.
You can call it save the world fiction,
but it clearly doesn't save anything.
- Octavia Butler

No, I think the future of humanity will be like the past,
we'll do what we've always done and there will still be human beings.
Granted, there will always be people doing something
different and there are a lot of possibilities.
- Octavia Butler

Religion kept some of my relatives alive,
because it was all they had.
If they hadn't had some hope of heaven,
some companionship in Jesus, they probably would have committed suicide,
their lives were so hellish.
- Octavia Butler

A workshop is a way of renting an audience,
and making sure you're communicating what you think you're communicating.
It's so easy as a young writer to think you're been
very clear when in fact you haven't.
- Octavia Butler

Third, for people who aren't doing it already,
take classes - they're worthwhile.
Workshops or classes - a workshop is where you do actually
get feedback on your work,
not just something where you go and sit for a day.
- Octavia Butler

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing.
There is a time for silence.
A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny.
And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.
- Octavia Butler

Most of us don't have to worry about being shot of
we poke our noses outside.
So we are comfortable, but the people I'm writing about
are definitely not comfortable,
and being shot while they're still inside is a good possibility.
- Octavia Butler

You don't start out writing good stuff.
You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff,
and then gradually you get better at it.
That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
- Octavia Butler

What I'm working on now - I'm back to fantasy,
although considering that it's me, I'm turning it into
a kind of science fantasy.
It's a vampire story - but my vampires are biological vampires.
They didn't become vampires because someone bit them;
they were born that way.
- Octavia Butler

I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open.
I was able to do anything and there were no walls to
hem you in and there was no human condition that you
were stopped from examining.
- Octavia Butler

And I have this little litany of things they can do.
And the first one, of course, is to write -
every day,
no excuses.
It's so easy to make excuses.
Even professional writers have days when they'd rather
clean the toilet than do the writing.
- Octavia Butler

I talked to members of my family, and did some personal
research that didn't really have anything to do with
the time and place I was writing about,
but that gave me a feeling of the experience of being
black in a time and place where it was very difficult to be black.
- Octavia Butler

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward PHOTO

Life is not about how fast you run
or how high you climb
but how well you bounce.
- Vivian Komori

Trust your own inner guidance.
Have faith that your steps are
carrying you toward your dreams.
Keep your eyes on the heavens
and believe that your feet will carry you well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.
But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.
- Niels Bohr

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often.
- Anonymous

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Before we acquire great power
we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is better to travel well than to arrive.
- The Buddha

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
- Benjamin Franklin

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your point of view sets you up well in advance
for how you view the events as they unfold.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and cheer
and give strength to the body and soul.
- John Muir

People often say that motivation doesn't last.
Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep,
so a life well spent brings happy death.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Life is a dangerous - ultimately fatal - endeavor,
so you may as well live it full out.
Chart your course, cast off the lines,
and boldly sail the seas of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is well to remember that the
entire population of the universe,
with one trifling exception, is composed of others.
- Andrew J. Holmes

Always aim at complete harmony
of thought and word and deed.
Always aim at purifying your thoughts
and everything will be well.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.
- John Muir

All's well that ends well.
- Proverb (and title of a Shakespeare play)

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

Violence, even well intentioned,
always rebounds upon oneself.
- Lao Tzu

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Nothing is ever going to work out the way you want,
so you may as well choose to want the way life does work out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Resistance to the organized mass can be effected only
by the man who is as well organized
in his individuality as the mass itself.
- Carl Jung

You are defined by your habits - choose well.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Learn to do common things uncommonly well;
we must always keep in mind that anything
that helps fill the dinner pail is valuable.
- George Washington Carver

Well-being is making its way to you at all times.
If you will relax and find a way to allow it,
it will be your experience.
- Abraham (Esther Hicks)

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

A well-spent day brings happy sleep.
- Leonardo da Vinci

No face which we can give to a matter
will stead us so well at last as the truth.
This alone wears well.
- Henry David Thoreau

The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


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