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A man is like a rope: both break at a definite strain....The solution is not splicing the rope; it’s lessening the tension.
-: [ To Live Forever (1956),Chapter XVI, section 3 ]
~ Jack Vance | ( American fantasy and mystery author ) | 1916 - | Humanity
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All I say is that I think it is damned unlikely that anything like a central cosmic will, a spirit world, or an eternal survival of personality exist. They are the most preposterous and unjustified of all the guesses which can be made about the universe, and I am not enough of a hair-splitter to pretend that I don't regard them as arrant and negligible moonshine. In theory I am an agnostic, but pending the appearance of radical evidence I must be classed, practically and provisionally, as an atheist.
-: [ letter to Robert E. Howard (August 16, 1932). ]
~ H. P. Lovecraft | (American author of horror and fantasy ) | 1890 -1937 | Atheism
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All life is nucleic acid; the rest is commentary.
-: [ The Relativity of Wrong" (1988) - "Beginning with Bone" (May,1987) ]
~ Isaac Asimov | (American Science Fiction Writer ) | 1920 - 1992 | Life
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“Truth” is contained in the preconceptions of him who seeks to define it. Any organization of ideas whatever presupposes a judgment on the world.
-: [ The Languages of Pao (1958),Chapter 11 (p. 112) ]
~ Jack Vance | ( American fantasy and mystery author ) | 1916 - | Truth
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Break the skin of civilization and you find the ape, roaring and red-handed.
-: [ in a letter to Harold Preece (c. January or February 1928) ]
~ Robert E. Howard | (American writer of fantasy and historical adventure pulp stories ) | 1906 - 1936 | Civilization
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Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.
-: [ "The Tower of the Elephant" (1933) ]
~ Robert E. Howard | (American writer of fantasy and historical adventure pulp stories ) | 1906 - 1936 | Civilization
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Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.
-: [ The Sandman - comic book series ]
~ Neil Gaiman | (English fantasy writer ) | 1960 - | Fantasy
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Everything makes sense a bit at a time. But when you try to think of it all at once, it comes out wrong.
-: [ USENET, alt.fan.pratchett (1 December 1998) ]
~ Terry Pratchett | ( English fantasy author ) | 1948 - | Thoughts
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First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down.
~ Ray Bradbury | (American science fiction writer. ) | 1920-2012 | Fear
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I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow, it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally, I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.
-: [ Free Inquiry, Vol. 2, Spring 1982, p. 9. ]
~ Isaac Asimov | (American Science Fiction Writer ) | 1920 - 1992 | Atheism
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I believe, like you, that civilization is a natural and inevitable consequence, whether good or evil I am not prepared to state.
-: [ in a letter to H. P. Lovecraft (c. August 1930) ]
~ Robert E. Howard | (American writer of fantasy and historical adventure pulp stories ) | 1906 - 1936 | Civilization
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I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.
~ Ray Bradbury | (American science fiction writer. ) | 1920-2012 | Future
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I don't wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone.
-: [ Javan Haldane of Gwynedd ,a fictional character in the Deryni series. ]
~ Katherine Kurtz | (Fantasy Novelist ) | 1944- | Love
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If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.
-: [ quoted in "Terry Pratchett: my case for a euthanasia tribunal" in The Guardian (2 February 2010) ]
~ Terry Pratchett | ( English fantasy author ) | 1948 - | Death
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If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
~ Isaac Asimov | (American Science Fiction Writer ) | 1920 - 1992 | Knowledge
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Imagination, not intelligence, made us human.
-: [ Foreword to The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1998) by David Pringle, ISBN 0-87951-937-1 ]
~ Terry Pratchett | ( English fantasy author ) | 1948 - | Imagination
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It must be remembered that there is no real reason to expect anything in particular from mankind; good and evil are local expedients—or their lack—and not in any sense cosmic truths or laws.
-: [ Nietzscheism and Realism" from The Rainbow, Vol. I, No. 1 (October 1921) ]
~ H. P. Lovecraft | (American author of horror and fantasy ) | 1890 -1937 | Humankind
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It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas, though they know in their hearts it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and Mankind.
-: [ "The Festival". ]
~ H. P. Lovecraft | (American author of horror and fantasy ) | 1890 -1937 | Christmas
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Life doesn't happen in chapters — at least, not regular ones. Nor do movies.
-: [ chapters in Discworld books, in an interview by Gavin J. Grant at Booksource.com (2008) ]
~ Terry Pratchett | ( English fantasy author ) | 1948 - | Life
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Man has the power to know the right, to choose between good and evil and know that his choice has made a difference.
-: [ The Mists of Avalon (1983) ]
~ Marion Zimmer Bradley | (American author of Fantasy Novels ) | 1930 - 1999 | Choice
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Memories and possibilities are ever more hideous than realities.
-: [ "Herbert West : Re-Animator" in "Home Brew" Vol. 1, No. 1 (February 1922) ]
~ H. P. Lovecraft | (American author of horror and fantasy ) | 1890 -1937 | Memory
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Music is like a language: you cannot understand it unless you learn it, or more accurately, are born into it.
-: [ Space Opera (1965),Chapter 1 ,p. 12 ]
~ Jack Vance | ( American fantasy and mystery author ) | 1916 - | Music
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Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
-: [ The Wizardry Compiled (January 1990), ISBN : 0671698567 ]
~ Rick Cook | (American author of light fantasy novels ) | 1944 - | Software
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Since all motives at bottom are selfish and ignoble, we may judge acts and qualities only be their effects.
-: [ Nietzscheism and Realism" from The Rainbow, Vol. I, No. 1 (October 1921) ]
~ H. P. Lovecraft | (American author of horror and fantasy ) | 1890 -1937 | Motive
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Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
-: [ Foreword to The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1998) by David Pringle, ISBN 0-87951-937-1 ]
~ Terry Pratchett | ( English fantasy author ) | 1948 - | Imagination
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That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.

-: [ The Call of Cthulhu (1926) ]
~ H. P. Lovecraft | (American author of horror and fantasy ) | 1890 -1937 | Death
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The history of man is a compendium of such evil. We are an evolutionary product, descendants of predators. A few synthetic foods aside, every morsel eaten by man is taken from another living thing. We are intended for murder; we kill to exist!
-: [ To Live Forever (1956),Chapter V, section 2 ]
~ Jack Vance | ( American fantasy and mystery author ) | 1916 - | Humanity
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The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
-: [ The Call of Cthulhu (1926) ]
~ H. P. Lovecraft | (American author of horror and fantasy ) | 1890 -1937 | World
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The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
-: [ Supernatural Horror in Literature (1927) ]
~ H. P. Lovecraft | (American author of horror and fantasy ) | 1890 -1937 | Fear
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The three most dangerous things in the world are a programmer with a soldering iron, a hardware type with a program patch and a user with an idea.
-: [ The Wizardry Consulted (1995) , ISBN : 0671877003 ]
~ Rick Cook | (American author of light fantasy novels ) | 1944 - | Software
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We must recognise the essential underlaying savagery in the animal called man, and return to older and sounder principles of national life and defense. We must realise that man's nature will remain the same so long as he remains man; that civilisation is but a slight coverlet beneath which the dominant beast sleeps lightly and ever ready to awake.
-: [ At the Root (1918),Published in The United Amateur, 17, No. 6 (July 1918), 111–12. ]
~ H. P. Lovecraft | (American author of horror and fantasy ) | 1890 -1937 | Humankind
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What do we know … of the world and the universe about us? Our means of receiving impressions are absurdly few, and our notions of surrounding objects infinitely narrow. We see things only as we are constructed to see them, and can gain no idea of their absolute nature.
-: [ From Beyond" Written November 16, 1920, published June 1934 in The Fantasy Fan, 1 ]
~ H. P. Lovecraft | (American author of horror and fantasy ) | 1890 -1937 | Universe
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While a book has got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the reader it's got to be worthwhile from the point of view of the writer as well.
-: [ USENET, alt.fan.pratchett (1 December 1998) ]
~ Terry Pratchett | ( English fantasy author ) | 1948 - | Books
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You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
~ Ray Bradbury | (American science fiction writer. ) | 1920-2012 | Books
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You wish to see the distant realms? Very well. But know this first, the places you will visit, the places you will see, do not exist. For there are only two worlds - your world, which is the real world, and other worlds, the fantasy. Worlds like this one, worlds of the human imagination. Their reality, or lack of reality is not important. What is important is that they are there. These worlds provide an alternative. Provide an escape. Provide a threat. Provide a dream, and power, provide refuge and pain. They give your world meaning. They do not exist; and thus they are all that matters.
~ Neil Gaiman | (English fantasy writer ) | 1960 - | Fantasy
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You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.
~ Ray Bradbury | (American science fiction writer. ) | 1920-2012 | Courage
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