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Kim Stanley Quote: “Money equals power; power makes the law; and law makes government.”

Money equals power; power makes the law; and law makes government.

— Kim Stanley



Kim Stanley Quote: “First you fall in love with Antarctica, and then it breaks your heart.”

First you fall in love with Antarctica, and then it breaks your heart.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “Below the 40th latitude there is no law; below the 50th no god; below the 60th no common sense and below the 70th no intelligence whatsoever.”

Below the 40th latitude there is no law; below the 50th no god; below the 60th no common sense and below the 70th no intelligence whatsoever.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “The invisible hand never picks up the check.”

The invisible hand never picks up the check.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “Every moment an epiphany arrives and cleaves the mountain asunder.”

Every moment an epiphany arrives and cleaves the mountain asunder.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “It’s too bad we only had the courage to live our lives fully in dreams.”

It’s too bad we only had the courage to live our lives fully in dreams.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “Logic was to cognition as geometry was to landscape.”

Logic was to cognition as geometry was to landscape.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “The distinguishing mark of true adventures, is that it is often no fun at all while they are actually happening.”

The distinguishing mark of true adventures, is that it is often no fun at all while they are actually happening.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “In the beginning was the dream, and the work of disenchantment never ends.”

In the beginning was the dream, and the work of disenchantment never ends.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “An excess of reason is itself a form of madness.”

An excess of reason is itself a form of madness.

— Kim Stanley



Kim Stanley Quote: “Sad but true: individual intelligence probably peaked in the Upper Paleolithic, and we have been self-domesticated creatures ever since.”

Sad but true: individual intelligence probably peaked in the Upper Paleolithic, and we have been self-domesticated creatures ever since.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “The command to be free is a double bind.”

The command to be free is a double bind.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “It was a world of acts, and words had no more influence on acts than the sound of a waterfall has on the flow of the stream.”

It was a world of acts, and words had no more influence on acts than the sound of a waterfall has on the flow of the stream.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “Each of us have a gift, you see, given us freely by the universe. And each of us with every breath gives something back.”

Each of us have a gift, you see, given us freely by the universe. And each of us with every breath gives something back.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “We are here to inscribe ourselves on the universe, and it is not inappropriate to remind ourselves of this when blank slates are given us.”

We are here to inscribe ourselves on the universe, and it is not inappropriate to remind ourselves of this when blank slates are given us.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “Historical analogy is the last refuge of people who can’t grasp the current situation.”

Historical analogy is the last refuge of people who can’t grasp the current situation.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “Very few people ever bother to find out what other people really think. They are willing to accept whatever they are told about anyone sufficiently distant.”

Very few people ever bother to find out what other people really think. They are willing to accept whatever they are told about anyone sufficiently distant.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “Habits begin to form at the very first repetition. After that there is a tropism toward repetition, for the patterns involved are defenses, bulwarks against time and despair.”

Habits begin to form at the very first repetition. After that there is a tropism toward repetition, for the patterns involved are defenses, bulwarks against time and despair.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “The idea that each corporation can be a feudal monarchy and yet behave in its corporate action like a democratic citizen concerned for the world we live in is one of the great absurdities of our time –.”

The idea that each corporation can be a feudal monarchy and yet behave in its corporate action like a democratic citizen concerned for the world we live in is one of the great absurdities of our time –.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “You can never properly predict the future as it really turns out. So you are doing something a little different when you write science fiction. You are trying to take a different perspective on now.”

You can never properly predict the future as it really turns out. So you are doing something a little different when you write science fiction. You are trying to take a different perspective on now.

— Kim Stanley



Kim Stanley Quote: “What kind of Dv would it take to escape history, to escape an inertia that powerful, and carve a new course? The hardest part is leaving Earth behind.”

What kind of Dv would it take to escape history, to escape an inertia that powerful, and carve a new course? The hardest part is leaving Earth behind.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “We should conceive of ourselves not as rulers of Earth, but as highly powerful, conscious stewards: The Earth is given to us in trust, and we can screw it up or make it work well and sustainably.”

We should conceive of ourselves not as rulers of Earth, but as highly powerful, conscious stewards: The Earth is given to us in trust, and we can screw it up or make it work well and sustainably.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “It was not power that corrupted people, but fools who corrupted power.”

It was not power that corrupted people, but fools who corrupted power.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “A lot of scientists act on their beliefs and so do things that look crazy to the rest of us.”

A lot of scientists act on their beliefs and so do things that look crazy to the rest of us.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “Whistling together. Some kind of performance. I mean, not just a conversation, but a performance.”

Whistling together. Some kind of performance. I mean, not just a conversation, but a performance.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “Many of the technologies we’ve invented are necessary to keep 6.5 billion people alive. We can’t go back from that, so we need to decarbonize really rapidly.”

Many of the technologies we’ve invented are necessary to keep 6.5 billion people alive. We can’t go back from that, so we need to decarbonize really rapidly.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “You can’t get any movement larger than five people without including at least one flippin idiot.”

You can’t get any movement larger than five people without including at least one flippin idiot.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “Reincarnation is a story we tell; then in the end it’s the story itself that is the reincarnation.”

Reincarnation is a story we tell; then in the end it’s the story itself that is the reincarnation.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “None of us know our real names.”

None of us know our real names.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “The only part of an argument that really matters is what we think of the people arguing.”

The only part of an argument that really matters is what we think of the people arguing.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “It’s fragile what we know. It’s gone every time we forget. Then someone has to learn it all over again.”

It’s fragile what we know. It’s gone every time we forget. Then someone has to learn it all over again.

— Kim Stanley


Kim Stanley Quote: “It was a mistake to speak one’s mind at any time, unless it perfectly matched your political purpose; and it never did.”

It was a mistake to speak one’s mind at any time, unless it perfectly matched your political purpose; and it never did.

— Kim Stanley

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