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Sturgeon Quotes and Sayings
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The principle of Sturgeon's Razor states that the simplest
answer to any problem is 90% crap.
- Aaron Allston

As far as I'm concerned, I didn't dream -
ever.
- Theodore Sturgeon

The story of my very first sale is the fact that I
dreamed up a foolproof paper to cheat an insurance
company out of several hundred thousand dollars.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I quit my job, and went ashore to become a writer.
- Theodore Sturgeon

 

You must write to the people's expertise.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I've always written very tightly, and there's a good reason for that.
There's no point in using words that you're not going to apply.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Fiction is very important to me.
It's what I do, it's what I do with my life.
- Theodore Sturgeon

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There are a lot of people who write very intensely
about things they do not and cannot do.
- Theodore Sturgeon

The movers and shakers have always been obsessive nuts.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I have lived most of my life with the conviction that I don't dream,
because I never could retrieve a dream.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Writing is a communication.
- Theodore Sturgeon

You write a story about loneliness, and you grab them
all because everybody's an expert on that one.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I wrote the very first stories in science fiction which
dealt with homosexuality,
The World Well Lost and Affair With a Green Monkey.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I write a story as if it were a letter to someone and essentially,
that's what you do.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Ninety percent of everything is crap.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I find to my mixed astonishment that I do dream,
but I didn't know it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

My wife is beginning to instruct me on means to retrieve dreams,
and bit by bit, it does seem to be working.
- Theodore Sturgeon

For years, I thought I simply didn't dream.
I felt left out.
Everybody else had a thing I didn't have.
- Theodore Sturgeon

There are people who have tremendously important things to say,
but they say it so poorly that nobody would ever want to read it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

The first writing I did was short short stories for
a newspaper syndicate for which I was paid five dollars a piece on publication.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Here's the point to be made - there are no synonyms.
There are no two words that mean exactly the same thing.
- Theodore Sturgeon

When I can't do something, this always impels me to study it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Inner space is so much more interesting,
because outer space is so empty.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I teach writing courses and first of all,
I teach my students what prosody is.
- Theodore Sturgeon

In science fiction, you can also test out your own realities.
- Theodore Sturgeon

It should consist of short, sharply focused sentences,
each of which is a whole scene in itself.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Anybody can do anything he wants to if he wants to do it badly enough.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Basically, fiction is people.
You can't write fiction about ideas.
- Theodore Sturgeon

You have to study your field and you have to find out how other people do it,
and you have to keep working and learning and practicing and ultimately,
you would be able to do it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

There was so much that you could do,
instead of looking for things that you couldn't do.
- Theodore Sturgeon

There is no way of writing stories that I haven't done.
- Theodore Sturgeon

When you combine something to say with the skill to say it properly,
then you've got a good writer.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I learned how to live on five and sometimes ten dollars a week.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary
field which has no limits,
no parameters whatsoever.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I feel angry that I can't be hypnotized.
I'm not putting it down, and I'm not saying that it doesn't exist.
I have talked to a great many people who are very good at it,
but so far nobody has ever been able to hypnotize me.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Some major writers have a huge impact,
like Ayn Rand, who to my mind is a lousy fiction writer
because her writing has no compassion and virtually no humor.
She has a philosophical and economical message that
she is passing off as fiction,
but it really isn't fiction at all.
- Theodore Sturgeon

As far as hypnosis is concerned, I had a very serious
problem when I was in my twenties.
I encountered a man who later became the president
of the American Society of Medical Hypnosis.
He couldn't hypnotize me.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I sent The World Well Lost to one editor who rejected it on sight,
and then wrote a letter to every other editor in the
field warning them against the story,
and urging them to reject it on sight without reading it.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Once I had all the facts in, I found I didn't have
the immoral courage to pull the caper.
So I wrote it as a story.
As a teenager, I didn't have any skills for writing as such,
so it came out in 1500 words.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Create a world in which these things do or do not exist,
or in which they are extended in some way.
Test reality against this fiction.
The reader will recognize the world that you're talking about,
even though it may be another one altogether.
- Theodore Sturgeon

You don't sit up in a cave and write the Great American
Novel and know it is utterly superb,
and then throw it page by page into the fire.
You just don't do that.
You send it out.
You have to send it out.
- Theodore Sturgeon

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

It is necessary for us to understand that
the only Active Principle is Spirit.
- Ernest Holmes

The Science of Mind is intensely practical
because it teaches us how to use
the Mind Principle for definite purposes,
such as helping those who are sick, impoverished, or unhappy.
- Ernest Holmes

In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
- Thomas Jefferson

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

Mind exists as a Principle in the universe,
just as electricity exists as a principle.
- Ernest Holmes

Never put passion before principle.
Even if win, you lose.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid 2

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
- Albert Schweitzer

A man's country is not a certain area of land,
of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle
and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
- George William Curtis

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone,
and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
- John Quincy Adams

The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no principle worth the name
if it is not wholly good.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

In principle, the great religions of the world
do not differ as much as they appear to.
- Ernest Holmes

There are many men of principle in both parties in America,
but there is no party of principle.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Here is my first principle of foreign policy:
good government at home.
- William E. Gladstone

Our nation is built on the bedrock principle that governments
derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
- Adrian Cronauer

We are all born for love.
It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Know that the true essence of the Golden Rule
is always being compassionate, kind,
generous, and being in service to others.
Compelling others to behave as you wish
them to behave in the name of the
Golden Rule is a corruption of a sacred principle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Form follows profit is the aesthetic principle of our times.
- Richard Rogers

Health is the vital principle of bliss,
and exercise, of health.
- James Thomson

The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled
flow of words in an open forum.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Anger is something that each one of us has experienced -
some of us only occasionally, some almost daily.
Can we eliminate all anger? Probably not.
We will always have expectations,
and those expectations will often be unmet.
Disappointment is the principle cause of anger.
When we are disappointed, we look for someone to blame.
Declaring someone to be at fault is the nature of anger.
Anger is always directed at someone -
possibly toward God or the non-specific "they,"
but at some animate entity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A war for a great principle ennobles a nation.
- Albert Pike

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does
any harm to ask for what you want.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
- Charles Fourier

The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
- Jerzy Kosinski

We want to assert the very principle that truth is absolute,
truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life.
- John Howard

The time has come for all good men to rise above principle.
- Huey Long


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