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Octavia Butler Quote: “In order to rise From its own ashes A phoenix First Must Burn.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “All that you touch You Change. All that you Change Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God is Change.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Kindness eases change Love quiets fear.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “The destiny of Earthseed is to take root among the stars.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “We’re all capable of climbing so much higher than we usually permit ourselves to suppose.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Change is the one unavoidable, irresistible, ongoing reality of the universe. To us, that makes it the most powerful reality, and just another word for God. Earthseed: The Books of the Living Lauren Oya Olamina.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “He was like me – a kindred spirit crazy enough to keep on trying.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “If there’s any single talent a writer needs, it’s persistence. If you can keep at your writing and you can learn as you write, you can tell any story you want to tell.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “The only lasting truth is change. God is change.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “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 Quote: “I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself. Every story I write adds to me a little, changes me a little, forces me to reexamine an attitude or belief, causes me to research and learn, helps me to understand people and grow.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Positive obsession is about not being able to stop just because you’re afraid and full of doubts. Positive obsession is dangerous. It’s about not being able to stop at all.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Sometimes, one must become a master to avoid becoming a slave.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Science fiction let me do both. It let me look into science and stick my nose in everywhere.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “The essentials are to learn to shape God with forethought, care, and work; to educate and benefit their community, their families and themselves; and to contribute to the fulfillment of the Destiny.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Beware At war Or at peace, More people die Of unenlightened self-interest Than of any other disease.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Consider We are born Not with purpose, But with potential.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “To get along with God, Consider the consequences of your behavior. Earthseed: The Books of the Living.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Belief initiates and guides action – or it does nothing.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Civilization is the way one’s own people live. Savagery is the way foreigners live.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Not everyone has been a bully or the victim of bullies, but everyone has seen bullying, and seeing it, has responded to it by joining in or objecting, by laughing or keeping silent, by feeling disgusted or feeling interested.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “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 Quote: “Ignorance protects itself, and protected, ignorance grows.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “You are horror and beauty in rare combination.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “Be who you are and not who someone else thinks you ought to be.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “Drowning people Sometimes die Fighting their rescuers.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “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 Quote: “To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “I lost an arm on my last trip home.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “I have a huge and savage conscience that won’t let me get away with things.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “People have the right to call themselves whatever they like. That doesn’t bother me. It’s other people doing the calling that bothers me.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “There is no end To what a living world Will demand of you.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “Slavery is a long slow process of dulling.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “The big talent is persistence.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “When your rage is choking you, it is best to say nothing.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “We give our dead To the orchards And the groves. We give our dead To life.”
Octavia Butler Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “Tolerance, like any aspect of peace, is forever a work in progress, never completed, and, if we’re as intelligent as we like to think we are, never abandoned.”
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