Writing mainstream fiction is rather like playing a beautifully tuned grand piano. it’s a wonderful experience and you can get a great sound out of it. Writing science fiction is like playing a gigantic church organ, one with four keyboards, two more keyboards for your feet, a hundred different switches and a load of stops to pull out, because pulling out all the stops is very important.
—quoth Iain M Banks
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.
—quoth Richard Feynman
I give you this one rule of conduct. Do what you will, but speak out always. Be shunned, be hated, be ridiculed, be scared, be in doubt, but don’t be gagged. The time of trial is always. Now is the appointed time.
—quoth John J. Chapman
Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds.
—quoth J. Finnegan, USC
Reality is much larger, structurally, than even the most phantasmagorical of fantasies, so we end up having to chip away at an infinity of potential to create a narrative-shaped object. Our problem is that we tend to select the same object-shapes time and again. This is as true in politics as it is in fiction.
Science … warns me to be careful how I adopt a view which jumps with my preconceptions, and to require stronger evidence for such belief than for one to which I was previously hostile. My business is to teach my aspirations to conform themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations.
—quoth Thomas Huxley, 1860
Ask yourself What Woud Edward Cullen do? And then do the opposite.
Permyriad Non-Sequitur Travis (cat), aged about 4, died this morning from a disease none of us had ever heard of. And i’m really sad.
There isn’t a thing to eat down there in the rabbit hole of your bitterness except your own desperate heart. If you let it, your jealousy will devour you.
[People] use up their lives in heart-breaking political struggles, or get themselves killed in civil wars, or tortured in the secret prisons of the Gestapo, not in order to establish some central-heated, air-conditioned, strip-lighted Paradise, but because they want a world in which human beings love one another instead of swindling and murdering one another.
—quoth George Orwell, in “Can Socialists Be Happy?” 1943
Dividend reinvestment is fascinating: i now own 210.80561 shares of this stock. Something about 1/10,000 of a share makes me giggle. :)
The point is not that this world is too sad to love or too glad not to love; the point is that when you do love a thing, its gladness is a reason for loving it, and its sadness a reason for loving it even more.