The Quotes Thread!

Tom

An Old Friend
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Location
Gulf Coast
Since the Random Quote on the Homepage went dinosaur I was thinking we needed some way to display out favorite quotes. Member signature is OK but there are so many Science and Fiction related quotes out there we need a place to put out favorites. I thought I would ask if this 'Quote Thread' could start a 'Quote Archive and Resource Thread'?

Maybe make it sticky?
In the thread members could put their favorite quotes and links to the sources.
One of the benefits of comming to CoolSciFi would be Science & Fiction Quotes when you need one.

I've read where people make custom calendars and they add quotes to them. Quotes are nice touches for web pages and cards. I have added them to envelops. Along with poems they make great print projects too.

I know I have posted a few pages of qoutes on CoolSciFi already. (Let me tab into and paste them in here)
Let see- helpzone?...

I have to close this thread and open it in edit through Internet Explorer so I can paste only the relevent data. I still get the "you need to edit your Mozilla configuration file to allow this action" error message when I try to paste into this editor in FireFox.

Now in IE:

Ok, From trouble in the add a quote editor: Multiple entries;

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"Hey, I'll swallow your soul! I'll swallow your soul! I'll swallow your soul!" "Swallow this." (bang!)

http://www.tvwavs.com/bcwavs/evil_dead_2.shtml

There is no emotion; there is peace.
There is no ignorance; there is knowledge.
There is no passion; there is serenity.
There is no death; there is the Force.

The Jedi Code


Solomon Short

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I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.
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Any great truth can -- and eventually will -- be expressed as a cliche -- a cliche is a sure and certain way to dilute an idea. For instance, my grandmother used to say, 'The black cat is always the last one off the fence.' I have no idea what she meant, but at one time, it was undoubtedly true.




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Blank "Nature abhors a hero. For one thing, he violates the law of conservation of energy. For another, how can it be the survival of the fittest when the fittest keeps putting himself in situations where he is most likely to be creamed?"
-- Solomon Short

http://www.gerrold.com/short/page.htm
MORE SOLOMON SHORT
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If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like your thumb.
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'Tis far far better to be thought a fool than to shoot yourself in the foot while it's still in your mouth.
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A man's home is his hassle.

Only the young die good.

He who dies with the most toys is still dead.
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Always give a person as much rope as possible. This is so when you do pull the lever, he swings real good.
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Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone.
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Life not only begins at forty, it begins to show.
There's no such thing as a long and happy life. A long life means saying goodbye to old friends one after the other.Quote:
We all suffer from an incurable disease. It's called entropy. Some of us have a worse case of it than others.
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All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand.
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The best therapy for being stir crazy is to stir.
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Anything that embarrasses a cat or makes it act silly is a good thing in my opinion. We should take pictures. Then, the next time the cat gets snotty, you show him the pictures....

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Sometimes it makes no difference that you're bigger than the cat.
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There are probably just as many dog people as cat people, but dog people don't insist on talking about their dogs all the time. Cat owners, of course, operate under the delusion that their cats are sending them secret telepathic commands, have no choice but to talk about cats to the point of oblivion.
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Dogs sit under the desk and mind their own business. Cats sit on the keyboard.
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Cats aren't just snobs, they're Republicans. Dogs of course, are Democrats. They'll lick anyone's butt.
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All children have good hearts. Until someone beats it out of them.
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The difference between contribution and commitment? Ham and eggs requires a CONTRIBUTION from the chicken, but a COMMITMENT from the pig.
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The computer may not always be right, but it's always the computer.
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Real courage is changing a diaper.
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A work of art is an act of love. Critics are crab lice.
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The difference between luck and ability is duration.
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The difference between a dog and a human being is that when a dog is unconscious, he lies down.
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Remember, the lesser of two evils is still evil.
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Every candy jar needs a few sourballs to make the rest look sweeter.
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The Constitution only guarantees you the right to say what you think. It does not guarantee you an audience.
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History is gossip with added significance.
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History is someone's story about what happened.
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Spaceships. And poetry. Any species that can create both spaceships and poetry is worth saving.
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Humor comes in many flavors. Some of the most popular are banana skin, salty, cream pie, and trout. But some folks prefer a dry wit with a twist of lime.
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When you get to the edges of knowledge, be careful where you step -- that's where the manure is deepest.
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You are what you read. Even more so, you are what you write.
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An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys.
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Most people confuse justice with spreading the pain around evenly.
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Liberty is about protecting the right of others to disagree with you.
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Life is not about being comfortable. You want comfort? Try a grave. Nobody ever complained that his grave was uncomfortable.
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Lack of respect has to be earned.
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Maturity is the polite word for exhaustion.
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The difference between men and women is that men know the difference between sex and commitment, and women know the difference between sex and love.
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People get more outraged about money than they do about sex. That's because more people have money than sex.
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Have all the opinions you want. They're free. Just don't confuse them with reality.
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An opinion is what you have when you don't have any facts. When you have the facts, you don't need an opinion.
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All problems are people problems. And most people problems are people refusing to act like people.
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A quote is what you use when you don't have anything of your own to say.
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Reality is all that stuff that doesn't care if you believe in it or not.
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You can't win. You can't break even. And you can't get out of the game. And you don't get to riffle through the deck afterward to see how you should have played the hand.
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Rumor has it that rumors are just rumors.
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Stupidity is not necessarily punishable by violence. Although, there are days when I wish it were.
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Everyone has the right to be stupid. Some people abuse the privilege.
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A success rate of 30% is failure.
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A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
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No one ever survives adolescence. Not even teenagers. The best you can hope for is scars that don't show.
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The enforcement mechanism for the rules of war is usually more war.
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Knowledge is raw data. Wisdom is knowing how to use it.
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A closed mouth gathers no feet.
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Wisdom is the result of many many many mistakes. I am a very very wise man.
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No, poverty doesn't get me out of bed. Boredom does.
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I've worked for my share of idiots too. The worst time was when I was self-employed....
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When you let the tiger out of the cage, don't expect gratitude from the tiger.
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Don't push the on-button if you don't know where the off-button is.
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If a cat sits down on a hot stove, that's knowledge; it will never sit down on a hot stove again. But if it never sits down on a cold one either, that's belief.
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It is precisely the word "can't" that inspires me to believe that something is inevitable.
In the 70's, somebody invited Solomon Short to a science fiction convention. Short was a big hit with the audience, and with the panelists. He was charming, erudite, and totally spontaneous.

Charles Darwin

My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts. Mr.Destructo

and then ther was one on David Gerrold Quotes somewhere...

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Star Trek is a vastly overrated experience, a lot like cotton candy. It looks attractive, but there's nothing of substance there.
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You never hear anyone say "That would violate the Prime Directive," immediately followed by, "Okay, that's it then. Let's go home."
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Star Trek is the McDonald's of science fiction. If you're in the mood for a Big Mac, it's fine. But I'm spoiled, I prefer prime rib.
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Dealing with Star Trek fans is like being gummed to death by tribbles.
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I've been chasing the state of the art for as long as I can remember. But now I chase it from two steps behind. It's cheaper.
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A good script can survive everything except the egos of the people it's handed to.
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I came. I wrote. I collected my check and went home.
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Okay, here's what I'd do with a timebelt. I'd go forward about two hundred years or so and take a tourist trip to the moon. I'd rent a spacesuit and visit Tranquility Base. Then I'd pop back to July 20, 1969, so I could be the first person to shake Neil Armstrong's hand when he came down from the lander....
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The audaciousness of the young writer is frequently compelling. But more often annoying. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. From both sides now.
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All writers are insane. The ones we think are sane are just good at behaving themselves in public.


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Remember, 90% of what writers do is plan revenge.
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90% of being a storyteller is thinking up nasty things to do to people you like
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Anytime someone tells me I've written something offensive, I thank them. You don't discover truth by being nice. You discover truth by being ruthless in your pursuit of it. And the ruthless pursuit of truth is often offensive.
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I must have written it myself. I don't remember anyone sitting on my lap.
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The following authors have used first person without ill-effects: Robert A. Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut, J.D. Salinger, Herman Melville, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and (correct me if I'm wrong) Dante Alighieri. The prejudice against first person is stupid. The writer should write his story in the voice that is most appropriate to the material. All other considerations are irrelevant.
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Some people see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and sell to F&SF. (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.)
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Good writing is like good masturbation. If you're not enjoying it, no one is.
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I'm not an expert. I'm just an amateur who doesn't know how to quit. Maybe I can learn something from you?
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I've heard it said that there are only 37 basic stories, only six essential plots, only three. Actually, there are only two:
Getting even.
Getting better
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All stories are "man against himself." Everything else is the canvas.
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Everything I know about writing can be explained in one sentence: Always be precise -- or something like that.
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Authors are sadists. Look at what we do to our characters.
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The more you write, the more you discover. If you're doing it right.
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Non-fiction deals with facts. Fiction deals with meaning.
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"Write what you know" only works if you're willing to get out of the house more often.
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The first trick in writing is to train the people around you to leave you alone.
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Write what you like reading. Write the book you most want to read, but you can't find in the library.
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My problem is I move my lips when I type. I'm not kidding. I speak the words aloud as I type them. If it's clumsy to say, it's clumsy to read. If I can hear the rhythm of the words as I speak them, the reader will feel that same rhythm when he reads; the result is prose that flows. (There was one author, I won't say his name, but I couldn't read his books; his stories were fascinating, but his sentences were so klunky they hurt.)
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Literary reputation? I don't remember getting one of those.
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The audience will suspend disbelief, they won't suspend common sense.
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A thought occurred to me.... Fortunately, I got it down on paper before it died of loneliness. That's what writing is about.
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Most people don't know how to use language because they don't know what language can do.
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I have worked as a writer and an editor and a teacher of communication skills, so I am particularly sensitive to misspellings, misuse of grammar, and flagrant illiteracy. If you caught me in one of those errors, I would be more embarrassed than if you caught me with a white house intern.
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You can't be a writer until you first become a human being. Most people think that they can skip the first part and pick it up later. It shows in their work.
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Nobody ever wrote a great book by accident.
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The writing process is not mysterious. It is not uncontrollable. You just think it is. That's what stops you.
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I don't teach writing. I train writers.
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You can't really teach writing, but you can teach techniques. The best writing instructors are a little bit like nursemaids and a little bit like Socratic masters. And a little bit like drill sergeants working with live ammunition.
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What's the difference between writing and being a writer? Well, writing involves sitting and typing and sitting and typing and sitting and typing and sitting and typing. Being a writer means going to conventions and sitting on panels and talking about how hard it is to sit and type.
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A man's speech should exceed his grasp, else what's a metaphor?
I kant stop.......
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Those who liveth by the word should not writeth on spec.
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Writing as catharsis? No. Writing is fun. Please do not make the mistake of assuming my stories are work-therapy from the outpatient clinic. I actually know what I'm doing here.
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All fiction is lies. Good fiction is lies based on truth.
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Writing is nothing more than list-making. Those who seek to make it more than that are just making the job harder for themselves.
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As long as they pay for the privilege of reading it, I don't care if they buy it on stone tablets.
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I want to write a story named "What's Up?" -- just so the file on the computer can be named "what's up.doc."
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I'm in the business of selling David Gerrold books. Sometimes my publishers are too.
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Hey, I suffered for my art! Now, it's your turn.
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It's hard to write a book that's all bad. I know. I've tried. I couldn't do it. Little bits of brilliance kept creeping in.
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A book can take anywhere from 3 months to 3 years. If it takes longer than 3 years, you've died.*

http://www.gerrold.com/author-quotes/page.htm

Found while reviewing his webpage prior to the second crack at The War Against The Chtorr-Invasion which I will reopen in bed this evening. I'm Giddy.....
 

Tim

Creative Writer
Joined
Jan 16, 2005
Location
China
I was once being interviewed by Barbara Walters in three segments, all at once, though they were to be run on three separate days. In between two of the segments, she asked me how many books I had written, and I told her. She said, "Don't you ever want to do anything but write?"
"No," I said.
"Don't you want to go hunting? Fishing? Dancing? Hiking?"
And I said, "No! No! No! and No!"
She said, "But what would you do if the doctor gave you only six months to live?"
I said, "Type faster."

...................................Isaac Asimov

[size=+1]The English language is an arsenal of weapons. If you are going to brandish them without checking to see whether or not they are loaded, you must expect to have them explode in your face from time to time.[/size]


..................................Stephen Fry
 
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