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Born: 1920-08-22
Profession: Writer
Nation: American
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We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.

Tags: Another, Life, Matter

My stories run up and bite me on the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.

Tags: Idea, Off, Writing

Love is the answer to everything. It's the only reason to do anything. If you don't write stories you love, you'll never make it. If you don't write stories that other people love, you'll never make it.

Tags: Love, Reason, Write

A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. An old book smells like ancient Egypt.

Tags: Book, Great, Old

If God treats you well by teaching you a disastrous lesson, you never forget it.

Tags: Forget, God, Lesson

We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.

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Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We've been so busy damning ourselves for years. We've done it all, and yet we don't take credit for it.

Tags: Busy, Done, Give

The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.

Tags: Career, Love, Writing

It's not going to do any good to land on Mars if we're stupid.

Tags: Good, Land, Stupid

I have my favorite cat, who is my paperweight, on my desk while I am writing.

Tags: Favorite, While, Writing

I'm not in control of my muse. My muse does all the work.

Tags: Control, Muse, Work

We are anthill men upon an anthill world.

Tags: Men

There is too much government today. We've got to remember the government should be by the people, of the people, and for the people.

Tags: Government, Remember, Today

Why go to a machine when you could go to a human being?

Tags: Human, Machine, Why

Everything is generated through your own will power.

Tags: Power

I have fun with ideas; I play with them.

Tags: Fun, Ideas

I think we're doing a dreadful job of educating.

Tags: Dreadful, Educating, Job

I'm not a serious person, and I don't like serious people.

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Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I'm borrowing energy from the ideas themselves.

Tags: Energy, Next, Themselves

I don't have a computer. A computer's a typewriter. I already have a typewriter.

Tags: Computer, Typewriter

I have spent my life going from mania to mania. Somehow it has all paid off.

Tags: Life, Off, Paid

It's lack that gives us inspiration. It's not fullness.

Tags: Fullness, Gives, Lack

My business is to prevent the future.

Tags: Business, Future, Prevent

The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me.

Tags: Great, Life, Morning

The important thing is to be in love with something.

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We have too many cellphones. We've got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.

Tags: Machines, Rid
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All of my writing is God-given.

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All of us, no matter how we look born into this world, feel something like the Hunchback. It doesn't matter if you have a beautiful face or not.

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Facts are not interesting to me.

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I don't believe in colleges and universities.

Tags: Colleges

I don't see myself as a philosopher. That's awfully boring.

Tags: Boring

I don't tell anyone how to write and no one tells me.

Tags: Anyone, Tell, Write

I felt a bit bookish, cut off from life.

Tags: Felt, Life, Off

I have total recall. I remember being born. I remember being in the womb, I remember being inside. Coming out was great.

Tags: Born, Great, Remember

I love all of the arts. I love motion pictures. I love stage. I love theater.

Tags: Love, Pictures, Stage

I think the reason my stories have been so successful is that I have a strong sense of metaphor.

Tags: Sense, Strong, Successful

If you're living in your time, you cannot help but to write about the things that are important.

Tags: Help, Living, Time

Journalism keeps you planted in the earth.

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Libraries raised me.

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Most of my short stories are fantasy.

Tags: Fantasy, Short, Stories

My goal is to entertain myself and others.

Tags: Entertain, Goal, Others

Once the automobile appeared you could have predicted that it would destroy as many people as it did.

Tags: Automobile, Destroy, Once

The first stories I wrote when I was 12 were about Mars and landing on Mars.

Tags: Landing, Mars, Stories

We're all dreamers.

Tags: Dreamers

When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money.

Tags: Depression, Money, School

When you're older you want to learn from other people.

Tags: Learn, Older

You don't have to turn on the TV set. You don't have to work on the Internet. It's up to you.

Tags: Internet, Turn, Work

You don't read in your own field. You read in that field when you're young, so that you can learn.

Tags: Learn, Read, Young

My religion encompasses all religions. I believe in God, I believe in the universe. I believe you are god, I believe I am god; I believe the earth is god and the universe is god. We're all god.

Tags: God, Religion, Universe

Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.

Tags: Art, Change, Science

If you know how to read, you have a complete education about life, then you know how to vote within a democracy. But if you don't know how to read, you don't know how to decide. That's the great thing about our country - we're a democracy of readers, and we should keep it that way.

Tags: Education, Great, Life

My personal telephone book is a book of the dead now. I'm so old. Almost all of my friends have died, and I don't have the guts to take their names out of the book.

Tags: Book, Friends, Old

I used to take my short stories to girls' homes and read them to them. Can you imagine the reaction reading a short story to a girl instead of pawing her?

Tags: Girl, Her, Short

The major networks, the cable networks, they're being prosecutors. They're judges and jurors and executioners. Well, c'mon, that's ridiculous. But they're doing it.

Tags: Judges, Major, Ridiculous

If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Tags: Friendship, Intelligence, Love

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.

Tags: Love, Morning, Write

I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves - you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories.

Tags: Education, End, Money

Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.

Tags: Enemy, Thinking, Try

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

Tags: Books, Reading, Worse

I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it.

Tags: Good, Love, Work

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

Tags: Beautiful, Knowing, Ourselves

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Tags: Culture, Reading, Stop

Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

Tags: Dead, Dream, Eyes

Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.

Tags: After, Morning, Together

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

Tags: Fall, Jump, Wings

Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.

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You fail only if you stop writing.

Tags: Fail, Stop, Writing

If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.

Tags: Enjoy, Living, Sense

You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.

Tags: Build, Off, Wings

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible.

Tags: Best, Experience, Science

If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you.

Tags: Dream, Dreams, Grow

I hate all politics. I don't like either political party. One should not belong to them - one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking.

Tags: Hate, Political, Politics

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.

Tags: Future, Libraries, Past

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

Tags: Drunk, Reality, Writing

I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.

Tags: Describe, Future, Try

If you don't like what you're doing, then don't do it.

Tags: Love, Someone, Writing

Touch a scientist and you touch a child.

Tags: Child, Science, Touch

You can't try to do things; you simply must do them.

Tags: Simply, Try

If someone offers you a breath mint, accept it.

Tags: Accept, Breath, Someone

We're constantly striving for success, fame and comfort when all we really need to be happy is someone or some thing to be enthusiastic about.

Tags: Happy, Someone, Success

When you have nothing important or interesting to say, don't let anyone persuade you to say it.

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The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

Tags: Best, Today, Tomorrow

Marrying an old bachelor is like buying second-hand furniture.

Tags: Bachelor, Marriage, Old

You either make dust or eat dust.

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You must take action now that will move you towards your goals. Develop a sense of urgency in your life.

Tags: Action, Life, Sense

In business or in life, don't follow the wagon tracks too closely.

Tags: Business, Follow, Life

Luck marches with those who give their very best.

Tags: Best, Give, Luck

You can always tell when a man's well informed. His views are pretty much like your own.

Tags: Pretty, Tell, Views

Oh, the difference between nearly right and exactly right.

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You can't hire someone to practice for you.

Tags: Hire, Practice, Someone

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Tags: Heart, Love, Sometimes

Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness.

Tags: Forgiveness, Love, Powerful

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.

Tags: Caring, Children, Integrity

Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own.

Tags: Happiness, Love

Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.

Tags: Decision, Happiness, Life

Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.

Tags: Friends, Old, Remember

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.

Tags: Care, Children, Gardening

Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they're already asleep.

Tags: Children, Kiss, Parenting

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.

Tags: Busy, Life, Time

Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners.

Tags: Bad, Good, Sometimes
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