Caitlin R. Kiernan Quotes & Wallpapers

Total Quotes: 26

Ghosts are those memories that are too strong to be forgotten for good, echoing across the years and refusing to be obliterated by time. Caitlin R. Kiernan

Hauntings are memes, especially pernicious thought contagions, social contagions that need no viral or bacterial host and are transmitted in a thousand different ways. A book, a poem, a song, a bedtime story, a grandmother's suicide, the choreography of a dance, a few frames of film, a diagnosis of schizophrenia, a deadly tumble from a horse, a faded photograph, or a story you tell your daughter. Caitlin R. Kiernan

Yesterday was an utter waste. An artist, of whatever stripe, has only so many days, to write or paint or dance or whatever, and each one wasted is that much that will never be accomplished. Caitlin R. Kiernan

I'm not sure if erotica should be angry and grim and terrifying and bitter, but it works for me. I rode my frustration. I kicked the bitch in the ribs until it spat up what I needed. Caitlin R. Kiernan

Originality is the most deadly mirage in all of art. You can chase it from now until doomsday, and you'll only find yourself lost and dying of thirst. Caitlin R. Kiernan

Magick may be no more than the willful invocation of awe. Caitlin R. Kiernan

Language is a poor enough means of communication as it is. So we should use all the words we have. Caitlin R. Kiernan

I need a world filled with wonder, with awe, with awful things. I couldn't exist in a world devoid of marvels, even if the marvels are terrible marvels. Even if they frighten me to consider them. Caitlin R. Kiernan

Assassination is almost always unthinkable to moral, thinking men until after a holocaust has come and gone. Caitlin R. Kiernan

All too infrequently do I encounter a new voice as delightful, compelling, and intelligent as that of Molly Tanzer. Caitlin R. Kiernan

The writing of a novel or short story or poem or whatever should elevate the audience, not drag the writer down to some level beneath herself. And she - the author - should fight always to prevent that dragging down, especially when the only possible benefit of allowing it to happen is monetary. Caitlin R. Kiernan

Art should never be a slave to commerce, but for all working artists that's exactly what it must be. Caitlin R. Kiernan

Give me enough words, enough attendant gravity, and I might fall into myself forever, crushed infinitely flat by my own hubris. It'd be a neat trick, I admit. I'd pay to see it - but from a safe distance, of course. Caitlin R. Kiernan

If there must be resolution and explanation, it must be something worth its weight in mystery. Most times, I'd be content with the mystery. Caitlin R. Kiernan

You know, it's a sad and unfortunate state of affairs that you have to live in a world where eight-year-olds refuse to believe in anything that they cannot touch or measure, and anyone who happens to see a thing that is invisible to most people is immediately branded a lunatic. Caitlin R. Kiernan

I sincerely hope I'm not as big a fool as that. Whatever else I may be, I like to think that I'm not an idiot. Caitlin R. Kiernan

A writer who does not write is nothing. One may as well be a fisherman who doesn't fish, a stripper who doesn't strip, or a beggar who doesn't beg. Caitlin R. Kiernan

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man will poke out his eye to fit in. Caitlin R. Kiernan

The divine is always abominable. Caitlin R. Kiernan

Orpheus' mistake wasn't that he turned and looked back towards Eurydice and Hell, but that he ever thought he could escape. Same with Lot's wife. Averting our eyes does not change the fact that we are marked. Caitlin R. Kiernan

On our present course, this may eventually stand as the ultimate achievement of Homo sapiens sapiens. We should take a bow. We are obviously planet killers. The question is, can we also be planet saviors? I'd say that seems unlikely. Happy Earth Day. Caitlin R. Kiernan

Every month, the US is spending more on the Iraqi war than it took to reach Saturn and Titan. Mass murder is expensive, and good science is relatively cheap. Caitlin R. Kiernan

Normal is a bitter pill that we rail against. Caitlin R. Kiernan

A book may only be judged for what it is, not what you'd like it to be. Caitlin R. Kiernan

No story has a beginning, and no story has an end. Beginnings and endings may be conceived to serve a purpose, to serve a momentary and transient intent, but they are, in their fundamental nature, arbitrary and exist solely as a convenient construct in the minds of man. Lives are messy, and when we set out to relate them, or parts of them, we cannot ever discern precise and objective moments when any given event began. All beginnings are arbitrary. Caitlin R. Kiernan

To paraphrase Truman Capote, finishing a novel is like taking a child out behind the house and shooting it. To which I would hasten to add, that makes critics a bit like stranger who come along later to piss on the corpse. Caitlin R. Kiernan

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