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Theodore Sturgeon Quotes and Sayings

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When you combine something to say with the skill to say it properly,
then you've got a good writer.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary
field which has no limits,
no parameters whatsoever.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I quit my job, and went ashore to become a writer.
- Theodore Sturgeon

The story of my very first sale is the fact that I
dreamed up a foolproof paper to cheat an insurance
company out of several hundred thousand dollars.
- Theodore Sturgeon

 

The first writing I did was short short stories for
a newspaper syndicate for which I was paid five dollars a piece on publication.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I have lived most of my life with the conviction that I don't dream,
because I never could retrieve a dream.
- Theodore Sturgeon

There are people who have tremendously important things to say,
but they say it so poorly that nobody would ever want to read it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

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Basically, fiction is people.
You can't write fiction about ideas.
- Theodore Sturgeon

The movers and shakers have always been obsessive nuts.
- Theodore Sturgeon

There are a lot of people who write very intensely
about things they do not and cannot do.
- Theodore Sturgeon

There is no way of writing stories that I haven't done.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I wrote the very first stories in science fiction which
dealt with homosexuality,
The World Well Lost and Affair With a Green Monkey.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Inner space is so much more interesting,
because outer space is so empty.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I teach writing courses and first of all,
I teach my students what prosody is.
- Theodore Sturgeon

My wife is beginning to instruct me on means to retrieve dreams,
and bit by bit, it does seem to be working.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Writing is a communication.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Anybody can do anything he wants to if he wants to do it badly enough.
- Theodore Sturgeon

For years, I thought I simply didn't dream.
I felt left out.
Everybody else had a thing I didn't have.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Fiction is very important to me.
It's what I do, it's what I do with my life.
- Theodore Sturgeon

You have to study your field and you have to find out how other people do it,
and you have to keep working and learning and practicing and ultimately,
you would be able to do it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

There was so much that you could do,
instead of looking for things that you couldn't do.
- Theodore Sturgeon

You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them
all because everybody's an expert on that one.
- Theodore Sturgeon

In science fiction, you can also test out your own realities.
- Theodore Sturgeon

When I can't do something, this always impels me to study it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

You must write to the people's expertise.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Ninety percent of everything is crap.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I find to my mixed astonishment that I do dream,
but I didn't know it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I write a story as if it were a letter to someone and essentially,
that's what you do.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I've always written very tightly, and there's a good reason for that.
There's no point in using words that you're not going to apply.
- Theodore Sturgeon

It should consist of short, sharply focused sentences,
each of which is a whole scene in itself.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I learned how to live on five and sometimes ten dollars a week.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Here's the point to be made - there are no synonyms.
There are no two words that mean exactly the same thing.
- Theodore Sturgeon

As far as I'm concerned, I didn't dream -
ever.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Create a world in which these things do or do not exist,
or in which they are extended in some way.
Test reality against this fiction.
The reader will recognize the world that you're talking about,
even though it may be another one altogether.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I sent The World Well Lost to one editor who rejected it on sight,
and then wrote a letter to every other editor in the
field warning them against the story,
and urging them to reject it on sight without reading it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Some major writers have a huge impact,
like Ayn Rand, who to my mind is a lousy fiction writer
because her writing has no compassion and virtually no humor.
She has a philosophical and economical message that
she is passing off as fiction,
but it really isn't fiction at all.
- Theodore Sturgeon

You don't sit up in a cave and write the Great American
Novel and know it is utterly superb,
and then throw it page by page into the fire.
You just don't do that.
You send it out.
You have to send it out.
- Theodore Sturgeon

As far as hypnosis is concerned, I had a very serious
problem when I was in my twenties.
I encountered a man who later became the president
of the American Society of Medical Hypnosis.
He couldn't hypnotize me.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I feel angry that I can't be hypnotized.
I'm not putting it down, and I'm not saying that it doesn't exist.
I have talked to a great many people who are very good at it,
but so far nobody has ever been able to hypnotize me.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Once I had all the facts in, I found I didn't have
the immoral courage to pull the caper.
So I wrote it as a story.
As a teenager, I didn't have any skills for writing as such,
so it came out in 1500 words.
- Theodore Sturgeon

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

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

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain


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