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Octavia Butler
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I lost an arm on my last trip home. Octavia Butler

The child in each of us Knows paradise. Paradise is home. Home as it was Or home as it should have been. Paradise is one's own place, One's own people, One's own world, Knowing and known, Perhaps even Loving and loved. Yet every child Is cast from paradise- Into growth and new community, Into vast, ongoing Change. Octavia Butler

So fantasy was fine early on, and when I discovered science fiction, I was very happy with it, because my first interest in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy. Octavia Butler

It's when people begin using their religion as just a way of getting power over other people that scares me. I'm afraid that's what's going on in a lot of cases right now. When people deliberately tell lies, Creationism for instance, and pretend, "Oh, it's not really religion." I mean they know they're lying, and yet they're the religious people. There's something wrong there. Octavia Butler

Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself. Octavia Butler

The big talent is persistence. Octavia Butler

The differences you perceive between Humans-between groups of Humans-are the result of isolation and inbreeding, mutation, and adaptation to different Earth environments Octavia Butler

Drowning people Sometimes die Fighting their rescuers. Octavia Butler

Margaret Weylin complained because she couldn't find anything to complain about. Octavia Butler

Sometimes, one must become a master to avoid becoming a slave. Octavia Butler

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over. Octavia Butler

Once you grow past Mommy and Daddy coming running when you're hurt, you're really on your own. You're alone, and there's no one to help you. Octavia Butler

No, I think the future of humanity will be like the past, we'll do what we've always done and there will still be human beings. Granted, there will always be people doing something different and there are a lot of possibilities. Octavia Butler

I'm a fifty-three-year-old writer who can remember being a ten-year-old writer and who expects someday to be an eighty-year-old writer. Octavia Butler

Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery. Octavia Butler

Beware: Ignorance Protects itself. Ignorance Promotes suspicion. Suspicion Engenders fear. Fear quails, Irrational and blind, Or fear looms, Defiant and closed. Blind, closed, Suspicious, afraid, Ignorance Protects itself, And protected, Ignorance grows. Octavia Butler

...I realized that I knew less about loneliness than I had thought - and much less than I would know when he went away. Octavia Butler

I wanted to write a novel that would make others feel the history: the pain and fear that black people have had to live through in order to endure. Octavia Butler

We need the stars... We need purpose! We need the image the Destiny to take root among the stars gives us of ourselves as a purposeful, growing species. We need to become the adult species that the Destiny can help us become! If we're to be anything other than smooth dinosaurs who evolve, specialize and die, we need the stars.... When we have no difficult, long-term purpose to strive toward, we fight each other. We destroy ourselves. We have these chaotic, apocalyptic periods of murderous craziness. Octavia Butler

When your rage is choking you, it is best to say nothing. Octavia Butler

What I'm working on now - I'm back to fantasy, although considering that it's me, I'm turning it into a kind of science fantasy. It's a vampire story - but my vampires are biological vampires. They didn't become vampires because someone bit them; they were born that way. Octavia Butler

I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership. Octavia Butler

Third, for people who aren't doing it already, take classes - they're worthwhile. Workshops or classes - a workshop is where you do actually get feedback on your work, not just something where you go and sit for a day. Octavia Butler

Writing is one of the few professions in which you can psychoanalyse yourself, get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public, and get paid for it. Octavia Butler

No one was going to stop me from writing and no one had to really guide me towards science fiction. It was natural, really, that I would take that interest. Octavia Butler

You are hierarchical. That's the older and more entrenched characteristic. We saw it in your closest animal relatives and in your most distant ones. It's a terrestrial characteristic. When human intelligence served it instead of guiding it, when human intelligence did not even acknowledge it as a problem, but took pride in it or did not notice it at all... That was like ignoring cancer. Octavia Butler

Better to stay alive," I said. "At least while there's a chance to get free." I thought of the sleeping pills in my bag and wondered just how great a hypocrite I was. It was so easy to advise other people to live with their pain. Octavia Butler

Kindness eases change Love quiets fear Octavia Butler

People who want to write either do it or they don't. At last I began to say that my most important talent - or habit - was persistence. Without it, I would have given up writing long before I finished my first novel. It's amazing what we can do if we simply refuse to give up. Octavia Butler

We're all capable of climbing so much higher than we usually permit ourselves to suppose. Octavia Butler

Souls! When have you seen your own soul - that you're so certain you have one? Octavia Butler

Forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Octavia Butler

The only lasting truth is change. God is change. Octavia Butler

Nothing. It just finds you a lot more attractive than it does most Humans. What can you do with a beautiful woman that you ca' do with an ugly one? Nothing. It's just a matter of preference. Octavia Butler

Consider We are born Not with purpose, But with potential. Octavia Butler

Humans said one thing with their bodies and another with their mouths and everyone had to spend time and energy figuring out what they really meant. And once you did understand them, the Humans got angry and acted as though you had stolen thoughts from their minds. Octavia Butler

Religion kept some of my relatives alive, because it was all they had. If they hadn't had some hope of heaven, some companionship in Jesus, they probably would have committed suicide, their lives were so hellish. Octavia Butler

I wasn't trying to work out my own ancestry. I was trying to get people to feel slavery. I was trying to get across the kind of emotional and psychological stones that slavery threw at people. Octavia Butler

I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell. Octavia Butler

Here I was into astronomy, and here into anthropology, and there I go into geology. It was much more fun to be able to research and write about whatever I wanted to. Octavia Butler

Fantasy is totally wide open; all you really have to do is follow the rules you've set. But if you're writing about science, you have to first learn what you're writing about. Octavia Butler

If you want a thing-truly want it, want it so badly that you need it as you need air to breathe, then unless you die, you will have it. Why not? It has you. There is no escape. What a cruel and terrible thing escape would be if escape were possible Octavia Butler

I have this theory that anything that happens to you that leaves you alive and intact can be used somewhere in your writing. Octavia Butler

In my years, I have seen that people must be their own gods and make their own good fortune. The bad will come or not come anyway. Octavia Butler

You are horror and beauty in rare combination. Octavia Butler

To get along with God, Consider the consequences of your behavior. Earthseed: The Books of the Living Octavia Butler

A tree Cannot grow In its parents' shadows. Octavia Butler

I'm literate, and the idea of leaving children illiterate is criminal. Octavia Butler

He was like me - a kindred spirit crazy enough to keep on trying. Octavia Butler

Most of what I do is science fiction. Some of the things I do are fantasy. I don't like the labels, they're marketing tools, and I certainly don't worry about them when I'm writing. They are also inhibiting factors; you wind up not getting read by certain people, or not getting sold to certain people because they think they know what you write. You say science fiction and everybody thinks Star Wars or Star Trek. Octavia Butler

I think climbing mountains or buildings or whatever has been a really good metaphor for finishing my work. Because no matter how tired you get, no matter how you feel like you can't possibly do this, somehow you do. Octavia Butler

It's interesting how many science fiction writers get going when they are very young. I was on a program with Greg Bear and he mentioned that he had gotten started writing when he was eight. And I began writing when I was 10. I think we're influenced by the stuff, we find it and we love it and we're influenced by it....I know I collected my first rejection slip when I was 13, and I went on collecting them for a long time after that. Octavia Butler

The thing about science fiction is that it's totally wide open. But it's wide open in a conditional way. Octavia Butler

And by the way, I wanted to point out that Kindred is not science fiction. You'll note there's no science in it. It's a kind of grim fantasy. Octavia Butler

I was raised Baptist, and I like the fact that I got my conscience installed early. Octavia Butler

Well, writing was what I wanted to do, it was always what I wanted to do. I had novels to write so I wrote them. Octavia Butler

Slavery is a long slow process of dulling. Octavia Butler

The destiny of Earthseed is to take root among the stars. Octavia Butler

Ignorance Protects itself, And protected, Ignorance grows. Octavia Butler

Religion is a dangerous prod, because it can always be misused and get out of hand, but it's useful for keeping people on the straight and narrow. Octavia Butler

In order to rise From its own ashes A phoenix First Must Burn. Octavia Butler

Civilization is to groups what intelligence is to individuals. It is a means of combining the intelligence of many to achieve ongoing group adaptation. Octavia Butler

We give our dead To the orchards And the groves. We give our dead To life. Octavia Butler

Rejections are painful, but inevitable. They're every writer's rite of passage. Octavia Butler

And I have this little litany of things they can do. And the first one, of course, is to write - every day, no excuses. It's so easy to make excuses. Even professional writers have days when they'd rather clean the toilet than do the writing. Octavia Butler

Civilization is to groups what intelligence is to individuals. It is a means of combining the intelligence of many to achieve ongoing group adaptation. Civilization, like intelligence, may serve well, serve adequately, or fail to serve its adaptive function. When civilization fails to serve, it must disintegrate unless it is acted upon by unifying internal or external forces. Octavia Butler

The only black people you found were occasional characters or characters who were so feeble-witted that they couldn't manage anything, anyway. I wrote myself in, since I'm me and I'm here and I'm writing. Octavia Butler

Be who you are and not who someone else thinks you ought to be. Octavia Butler

All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God is Change. Octavia Butler

Life is getting better, but that won't stop a war if politicians and business people decide it's to their advantage to have one. Octavia Butler

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