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Michael Crichton Quote: “Keep working. Don’t wait for inspiration. Work inspires inspiration. Keep working.”

Keep working. Don’t wait for inspiration. Work inspires inspiration. Keep working.

— Michael Crichton



Michael Crichton Quote: “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”

If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Social control is best managed through fear.”

Social control is best managed through fear.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Life will find a way.”

Life will find a way.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “All human behavior has a reason. All behavior is solving a problem.”

All human behavior has a reason. All behavior is solving a problem.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Everyone has a hidden agenda. Except me!”

Everyone has a hidden agenda. Except me!

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “All major changes are like death. You can’t see to the other side until you are there.”

All major changes are like death. You can’t see to the other side until you are there.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Do you want to understand how to swim, or do you want to jump in and start swimming? Only people who are afraid of the water want to understand it. Other people jump in and get wet.”

Do you want to understand how to swim, or do you want to jump in and start swimming? Only people who are afraid of the water want to understand it. Other people jump in and get wet.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Life is wonderful. It’s a gift to be alive, to see the sun and breathe the air. And there isn’t really anything else.”

Life is wonderful. It’s a gift to be alive, to see the sun and breathe the air. And there isn’t really anything else.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Living systems are never in equilibrium. They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they’re not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse.”

Living systems are never in equilibrium. They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they’re not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse.

— Michael Crichton



Michael Crichton Quote: “Working inspires inspiration. Keep working. If you succeed, keep working. If you fail, keep working. If you are interested, keep working. If you are bored, keep working.”

Working inspires inspiration. Keep working. If you succeed, keep working. If you fail, keep working. If you are interested, keep working. If you are bored, keep working.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “In the information society, nobody thinks. We expect to banish paper, but we actually banish thought.”

In the information society, nobody thinks. We expect to banish paper, but we actually banish thought.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “At forty, I was too old to work as a programmer myself anymore; writing code is a young person’s job.”

At forty, I was too old to work as a programmer myself anymore; writing code is a young person’s job.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”

Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Absence of proof is not proof of absence.”

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “It’s better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear.”

It’s better to die laughing than to live each moment in fear.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “You can answer your own question. You already know the answer, if you can just gain access to it.”

You can answer your own question. You already know the answer, if you can just gain access to it.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.”

The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “The people in Hollywood are fabulously stupid.”

The people in Hollywood are fabulously stupid.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.”

Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice.

— Michael Crichton



Michael Crichton Quote: “Even if you don’t believe in God, you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.”

Even if you don’t believe in God, you still have to believe in something that gives meaning to your life, and shapes your sense of the world. Such a belief is religious.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.”

I am certain there is too much certainty in the world.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “The purpose of life is to stay alive. Watch any animal in nature – all it tries to do is stay alive. It doesn’t care about beliefs or philosophy. Whenever any animal’s behavior puts it out of touch with the realities of its existence, it becomes exinct.”

The purpose of life is to stay alive. Watch any animal in nature – all it tries to do is stay alive. It doesn’t care about beliefs or philosophy. Whenever any animal’s behavior puts it out of touch with the realities of its existence, it becomes exinct.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “At the edge of chaos, unexpected outcomes occur. The risk to survival is severe.”

At the edge of chaos, unexpected outcomes occur. The risk to survival is severe.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “That’s human nature. Nobody does anything until it’s too late.”

That’s human nature. Nobody does anything until it’s too late.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Morality must keep up with technology because if a person is faced with the choice of being moral and dead or immoral and alive, they’ll choose life everytime.”

Morality must keep up with technology because if a person is faced with the choice of being moral and dead or immoral and alive, they’ll choose life everytime.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.”

Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Exercise invigorates the body and sharpens the mind.”

Exercise invigorates the body and sharpens the mind.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “In other centuries, human beings wanted to be saved, or improved, or freed, or educated. But in our century, they want to be entertained. The great fear is not of disease or death, but of boredom. A sense of time on our hands, a sense of nothing to do. A sense that we are not amused.”

In other centuries, human beings wanted to be saved, or improved, or freed, or educated. But in our century, they want to be entertained. The great fear is not of disease or death, but of boredom. A sense of time on our hands, a sense of nothing to do. A sense that we are not amused.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare.”

The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Nobody dares to solve the problems-because the solution might contradict your philosophy, and for most people clinging to beliefs is more important than succeeding in the world.”

Nobody dares to solve the problems-because the solution might contradict your philosophy, and for most people clinging to beliefs is more important than succeeding in the world.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Writing a book is a bit like going on location for a movie. You’re absent from your life, your family, and your friends. You’re psychologically gone, so you might as well be physically gone.”

Writing a book is a bit like going on location for a movie. You’re absent from your life, your family, and your friends. You’re psychologically gone, so you might as well be physically gone.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “No one escapes from life alive.”

No one escapes from life alive.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Science is as corruptible a human activity as any other.”

Science is as corruptible a human activity as any other.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Men under stress are fools, and fool themselves.”

Men under stress are fools, and fool themselves.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Cut off from direct experience, cut off from our own feelings and sometimes our own sensations, we are only too ready to adopt a viewpoint or perspective that is handed to us, and is not our own.”

Cut off from direct experience, cut off from our own feelings and sometimes our own sensations, we are only too ready to adopt a viewpoint or perspective that is handed to us, and is not our own.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Harassment is about power – the undue exercise of power by a superior over a subordinate.”

Harassment is about power – the undue exercise of power by a superior over a subordinate.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Although personally, I think cyberspace means the end of our species.”

Although personally, I think cyberspace means the end of our species.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “If you gamble long enough, you’ll always lose – the gambler is always ruined.”

If you gamble long enough, you’ll always lose – the gambler is always ruined.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “I believe my life has a value, and i don’t want to waste it thinking about clothing. I don’t want to think about what i will wear in the morning. Truly, can you imagine anything more boring than fashion?”

I believe my life has a value, and i don’t want to waste it thinking about clothing. I don’t want to think about what i will wear in the morning. Truly, can you imagine anything more boring than fashion?

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Auschwitz exists because of politicized science.”

Auschwitz exists because of politicized science.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results.”

In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “In a media-saturated world, persistent hype lends unwarranted credulity to the wildest claims.”

In a media-saturated world, persistent hype lends unwarranted credulity to the wildest claims.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “There is always a cause for fear. The cause may change over time, but the fear is always with us.”

There is always a cause for fear. The cause may change over time, but the fear is always with us.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “I think every writer should have tattooed backwards on his forehead, like ambulance on ambulances, the words ’everybody needs an editor.”

I think every writer should have tattooed backwards on his forehead, like ambulance on ambulances, the words ’everybody needs an editor.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “For our own species, evolution occurs mostly through our behavior. We innovate new behavior to adapt.”

For our own species, evolution occurs mostly through our behavior. We innovate new behavior to adapt.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Most areas of intellectual life have discovered the virtues of speculation, and have embraced them wildly. In academia, speculation is usually dignified as theory.”

Most areas of intellectual life have discovered the virtues of speculation, and have embraced them wildly. In academia, speculation is usually dignified as theory.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “One of the most difficult things for a writer in this business to accept is the uncertain fate of one’s work.”

One of the most difficult things for a writer in this business to accept is the uncertain fate of one’s work.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough.”

Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough.

— Michael Crichton


Michael Crichton Quote: “All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don’t you take it away from yourself.”

All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don’t you take it away from yourself.

— Michael Crichton

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