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Walter Jon Williams Quotes and Sayings

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When state and religion are one, religion becomes a
means for the powerful to remain in power.
- Walter Jon Williams

How long it takes to write a book depends on its length.
- Walter Jon Williams

I'm not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels,
I'm afraid of what real human beings to do other real human beings.
- Walter Jon Williams

Now I have to motivate myself much more than I had previously.
- Walter Jon Williams

 

Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty,
and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as
a writer enjoys providing one.
- Walter Jon Williams

I want a platform that, like a book or a magazine,
I can carry into the bath or leave at the beach.
- Walter Jon Williams

For every SF reader of that period, Robert A. Heinlein was also a touchstone.
- Walter Jon Williams

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I've experienced writer's block, but never for more than a few days.
- Walter Jon Williams

I can't speak for the other authors,
but what I hoped to achieve was to illuminate certain
corners of the Lucas universe that hadn't yet been explored.
- Walter Jon Williams

The Internet offers an interesting combination of advertising
and community by participating in the community you
can become an advertisement for yourself.
- Walter Jon Williams

Even if you only want to write science fiction,
you should also read mysteries, poetry,
mainstream literature, history, biography,
philosophy, and science.
- Walter Jon Williams

An SF author who reads only SF will have little new to contribute,
but someone with a broader experience will bring more to the table.
- Walter Jon Williams

Genre labels are useful only insofar as they help you find an audience.
- Walter Jon Williams

I wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember.
- Walter Jon Williams

I'm in favor of any technology that makes my work available
to the reading public at a reasonable price.
- Walter Jon Williams

Being a writer was never a choice, it was an irresistible compulsion.
- Walter Jon Williams

Some of my ideas were shot down by Lucasfilm because
they stepped on territory that has been reserved for the movies.
I didn't have a problem with that.
- Walter Jon Williams

Everything that you read is an influence on everything you write,
and you want to draw as many elements into your work as you can.
- Walter Jon Williams

The big battle at the end of DW isn't drawn from history,
but it's influenced by history, certainly.
- Walter Jon Williams

It's a tough job to tell a story when the audience
already knows the ending,
and the ending is bleak.
- Walter Jon Williams

I now have to find a reason to write,
every single day.
- Walter Jon Williams

If you can find collaborators whose strengths compliment your own,
the result can be more than the sum of its authors.
- Walter Jon Williams

It's hard to generalize, because they're all different.
When I started, I decided to take as much advantage
as I could of the freedom offered by the SF field.
- Walter Jon Williams

I went to college, though I didn't take many writing courses.
- Walter Jon Williams

Try to meet as many authors, agents,
and editors as you can.
- Walter Jon Williams

The mass-market paperback, for one, is too expensive.
- Walter Jon Williams

The Rift, which was well over a thousand pages of manuscript,
took two years.
- Walter Jon Williams

I was pretty much grown-up by the time I attended school in Britain -
or as grown-up as I'll ever get.
- Walter Jon Williams

I found college useful for a lot of other reasons.
It exposed me to a great many influences I wouldn't
otherwise have encountered,
and gave me a lot of time with some very intelligent
people whose thoughts are still with me.
- Walter Jon Williams

I've learned that I get blocked when my subconscious
mind is telling me that I've taken the work in a wrong direction,
and that once I start listening to what my subconscious is trying to tell me,
I can work out the problem and get moving again.
- Walter Jon Williams

That's why editors and publishers will never be obsolete:
a reader wants someone with taste and authority to
point them in the direction of the good stuff,
and to keep the awful stuff away from their door.
- Walter Jon Williams

Working within the limitations of the shared world
generally made the writing easier,
because I didn't have to invent any of the characters or background,
which is usually the hardest part.
- Walter Jon Williams

Without health, life is not life;
it is only a state of languor and suffering -
an image of death.
- The Buddha

Never do anything against conscience
even if the state demands it.
- Albert Einstein

Soar - it's your natural state.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is the total absence of fear.
Love asks no questions.
Its natural state is one of extension and expansion,
not comparison and measurement.
- Gerald Jampolsky

Success is a state of mind.
If you want success,
start thinking of yourself as a success.
- Joyce Brothers

Consistent happiness is found through
living in a state of constant gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Only love has the ability to put you in that state of bliss
- don Miguel Ruiz

Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature.
By and by love becomes not a relationship,
it becomes a state of your being.
Not that you are in love - now you are love.
- Osho

A consistent state of Serenity and Compassion
is living an Inspired Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness is a state of mind.
- Anonymous

We are by nature observers, and thereby learners.
That is our permanent state.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a process of becoming,
a combination of states we have to go through.
Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state
and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
- Anais Nin

Understand the difference between "failing,"
which each of us does often,
and "being a failure,"
which is a state of mind no one should
ever allow themself to fall into.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To discover joy is to return to
a state of oneness with the universe.
- Peggy Jenkins

Praying without ceasing is not ritualized,
nor are there even words.
It is a constant state of awareness of oneness with God.
- Peace Pilgrim

A state of expectancy is a great asset;
a state of uncertainty -
one moment thinking "perhaps"
and the next moment thinking "I don't know" -
will never get desired results.
- Ernest Holmes

People sort themselves into groups
of happy people and unhappy people
through two different, but complementary mechanisms,
influence and affinity.
I influence those around me
with my emotional state, either happy or unhappy.
At the same time, I feel an affinity
for others who are like me in some way -
in this case by sharing my emotional outlook on life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Christmas ... is not a date. It is a state of mind.
- Mary Ellen Chase

I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.
- Albert Einstein

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed
in a prior state of existence.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism,
and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.
- Leo Tolstoy

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible
only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
- Plato

It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy,
that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue,
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence,
confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

The reason there are two senators for each state is
so that one can be the designated driver.
- Jay Leno

A newborn does not have worry, or stress, or anger,
because they have not yet learned those things.
Consider what life would be like if you could
forget all the past resentments and perceived offenses
that color your thinking and your emotions.
Buddhists call that state "beginner mind" -
an opening to experience life
without the jaundiced filter of past disappointments.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

Urgency is a grim taskmaster.
Escape time, and life becomes irie.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie
("Irie" is a Jamaican word for being at total peace
with your current state of being.)

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil;
in its worst state,
an intolerable one.
- Thomas Paine

Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master,
a mistress, and two slaves, making in all,
two.
- Ambrose Bierce

The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used
exclusively for the benefit of the people,
to whom they belong.
- Fidel Castro

Have a talk with your mind
(it really is something separate from yourself).
Lay down the law.
"My life begins TODAY.
I am like a newborn.
I have what I have today;
I have my fingers, my toes,
some people in my life,
some material and financial state.
Yesterday is only a dream -
perhaps a nightmare,
perhaps a cherished memory,
but only a dream - nothing more.
I will make all decisions and actions based solely
on what I have today as a starting point."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you are alone you are not alone,
you are simply lonely -
and there is a tremendous difference
between loneliness and aloneness.
When you are lonely you are thinking of the other,
you are missing the other.
Loneliness is a negative state.
You are feeling that it would have been
better if the other were there -
your friend, your wife, your mother,
your beloved, your husband.
It would have been good if the other
were there, but the other is not.
Loneliness is absence of the other.
Aloneness is the presence of oneself.
Aloneness is very positive.
It is a presence, overflowing presence.
You are so full of presence
that you can fill the whole universe
with your presence and there is no need for anybody.
- Osho

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is,
of course, living in a state of sin.
- John von Neumann

A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary.
It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body.
It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
- Winston Churchill

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier
state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
- George Santayana


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