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Jack Vance quotes: I understand the gist of your speculation,' said Rhialto. 'It is most likely nuncupatory. I understand the gist of your speculation,' said Rhialto. 'It is most likely nuncupatory.
Jack Vance quotes: I suffer from a spiritual malaise which manifests itself in outbursts of vicious rage. I suffer from a spiritual malaise which manifests itself in outbursts of vicious rage.
Jack Vance quotes: The police mentality cannot regard a human being in terms other than as an item or object to be processed as expeditiously as possible. The police mentality cannot regard a human being in terms other than as an item or object to be processed as expeditiously as possible.
Jack Vance quotes: I give dignity second place to expedience. I give dignity second place to expedience.
Jack Vance quotes: In the end, death came uniformly to all, and all extracted as much satisfaction from their dying as this essentially graceless process could afford. In the end, death came uniformly to all, and all extracted as much satisfaction from their dying as this essentially graceless process could afford.
Jack Vance quotes: Since we are not permitted to act, we are obliged to know. Since we are not permitted to act, we are obliged to know.
Jack Vance quotes: Until work has reached its previous stage nympharium privileges are denied to all. Until work has reached its previous stage nympharium privileges are denied to all.
Jack Vance quotes: I never made lots of money at it, but I sold enough. I never made lots of money at it, but I sold enough.
Jack Vance quotes: Beauty compelled admiration and erotic yearning; such was its organic function. But never by itself could it command love. Beauty compelled admiration and erotic yearning; such was its organic function. But never by itself could it command love.
Jack Vance quotes: I suspect that the word (art) was invented by second-rate intelligences to describe the incomprehensible activities of their betters. I suspect that the word (art) was invented by second-rate intelligences to describe the incomprehensible activities of their betters.
Jack Vance quotes: One becomes sated with platitudes no less than honey, so that one often breaks another's bones in one's vexation. One becomes sated with platitudes no less than honey, so that one often breaks another's bones in one's vexation.
Jack Vance quotes: Notice this rent in my garment; I am at a loss to explain its presence! I am even more puzzled by the existence of the universe. Notice this rent in my garment; I am at a loss to explain its presence! I am even more puzzled by the existence of the universe.
Jack Vance quotes: I will be glad to go. There is no poetry here. It is as I have always set forth: joy comes of its own free will; it cannot be belabored. I will be glad to go. There is no poetry here. It is as I have always set forth: joy comes of its own free will; it cannot be belabored.
Jack Vance quotes: Nothing is more conspicuous than a farting princess. Nothing is more conspicuous than a farting princess.
Jack Vance quotes: Someone who conceals his curiosity, is overwhelmed with information. Someone who conceals his curiosity, is overwhelmed with information.
Jack Vance quotes: It seems to limit you; when you're working in an office, you're a creature in a small cell under somebody's supervision and surveillance. It seems to limit you; when you're working in an office, you're a creature in a small cell under somebody's supervision and surveillance.
Jack Vance quotes: I got done writing Ports of Call and suddenly realized I have far too much material for the book. I got done writing Ports of Call and suddenly realized I have far too much material for the book.
Jack Vance quotes: I do not care to listen; obloquy injures my self-esteem and I am skeptical of praise. I do not care to listen; obloquy injures my self-esteem and I am skeptical of praise.
Jack Vance quotes: Somebody else's ignorance is bliss. Somebody else's ignorance is bliss.
Jack Vance quotes: These are just the tip of the iceberg, because I read and read and read. I read everything. These are just the tip of the iceberg, because I read and read and read. I read everything.
Jack Vance quotes: Living creatures, if nothing else, have the right to life. It is their only truly precious possession, and the stealing of life is a wicked theft Living creatures, if nothing else, have the right to life. It is their only truly precious possession, and the stealing of life is a wicked theft
Jack Vance quotes: I worked for half a cent a word. I'm not a fast writer to begin with, so for the first few years I had do other things. I worked for half a cent a word. I'm not a fast writer to begin with, so for the first few years I had do other things.
Jack Vance quotes: I was a carpenter for a time and everybody watches what you do. I was a carpenter for a time and everybody watches what you do.
Jack Vance quotes: I just wrote what I felt like writing since they seemed to sell. I just wrote what I felt like writing since they seemed to sell.
Jack Vance quotes: I am Chun the Unavoidable. Tonight, O Lith, tonight it is two long bright threads for you. I am Chun the Unavoidable. Tonight, O Lith, tonight it is two long bright threads for you.
Jack Vance quotes: A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story. He's supposed to be completely immersed, submerged in the environment. A reader is not supposed to be aware that someone's written the story. He's supposed to be completely immersed, submerged in the environment.
Jack Vance quotes: I haven't been to a movie since somebody gave me free tickets to Star Wars, which I went to. I haven't been to a movie since somebody gave me free tickets to Star Wars, which I went to.
Jack Vance quotes: Let us leave this room, said Melancthe. It reeks of the brain. Let us leave this room, said Melancthe. It reeks of the brain.
Jack Vance quotes: Sometimes some of these little side excursions are useful and I manage to fit them in the book somewhere. Sometimes some of these little side excursions are useful and I manage to fit them in the book somewhere.
Jack Vance quotes: I never worked in an office in my life. I never worked in an office in my life.
Jack Vance quotes: Good music always defeats bad luck. Good music always defeats bad luck.
Jack Vance quotes: But I've sure worked at jobs where I have been under inspection. But I've sure worked at jobs where I have been under inspection.
Jack Vance quotes: I thought that automobiles were going to have mufflers and go fast and airplanes were going to fly fast. I thought that automobiles were going to have mufflers and go fast and airplanes were going to fly fast.
Jack Vance quotes: The symbologist made a cryptic sign. That remains to be seen, as the cat said who voided into the sugar bowl. The symbologist made a cryptic sign. That remains to be seen, as the cat said who voided into the sugar bowl.
Jack Vance quotes: Mischief moves somewhere near and I must blast it with my magic. Mischief moves somewhere near and I must blast it with my magic.
Jack Vance quotes: My clever baton holds your unnatural sorcery in abeyance. My clever baton holds your unnatural sorcery in abeyance.
Jack Vance quotes: Candor is never indiscreet. Truth, which is to say, the reflection of life, is beautiful. Candor is never indiscreet. Truth, which is to say, the reflection of life, is beautiful.
Jack Vance quotes: You are young; you have hopes. One by one they will go, and nothing will be left but the bare fact of life. You are young; you have hopes. One by one they will go, and nothing will be left but the bare fact of life.
Jack Vance quotes: Truth is contained in the preconceptions of him who seeks to define it. Any organization of ideas whatever presupposes a judgment on the world. Truth is contained in the preconceptions of him who seeks to define it. Any organization of ideas whatever presupposes a judgment on the world.
Jack Vance quotes: I don't read other science fiction. I don't read any at all. I don't read other science fiction. I don't read any at all.
Jack Vance quotes: I am not Cugel the Clever for nothing! I am not Cugel the Clever for nothing!
Jack Vance quotes: The world now lacks a " Sir Pom-pom", with all his funny ways! I wonder where he is now? Or is he anywhere at all? Can someone be nowhere? The world now lacks a " Sir Pom-pom", with all his funny ways! I wonder where he is now? Or is he anywhere at all? Can someone be nowhere?
Jack Vance quotes: Well, I think everything I've ever read contributes to the background from which I write. Well, I think everything I've ever read contributes to the background from which I write.
Jack Vance quotes: Law cannot reach where enforcement will not follow. - Popular aphorism. Law cannot reach where enforcement will not follow. - Popular aphorism.
Jack Vance quotes: In fact, almost every job you get somebody watching you. In fact, almost every job you get somebody watching you.
Jack Vance quotes: The world is a place of marvels The world is a place of marvels
Jack Vance quotes: How I hate you," he said softly. "If hate were stone I could build a tower into the clouds. How I hate you," he said softly. "If hate were stone I could build a tower into the clouds.
Jack Vance quotes: A man is like a rope: both break at a definite strain ... The solution is not splicing the rope; it's lessening the tension. A man is like a rope: both break at a definite strain ... The solution is not splicing the rope; it's lessening the tension.
Jack Vance quotes: I am not partial to folk who are grim and austere. I prefer fanciful folk who make me laugh. I am not partial to folk who are grim and austere. I prefer fanciful folk who make me laugh.
Jack Vance quotes: If there were no such creatures as minstrel-maidens, it would be necessary to invent them. If there were no such creatures as minstrel-maidens, it would be necessary to invent them.
Jack Vance quotes: I'd never been published when I was young. I'd never been published when I was young.
Jack Vance quotes: As I mentioned, I was a carpenter for a time. As I mentioned, I was a carpenter for a time.
Jack Vance quotes: Vance has a genius in evoking the beauty of strangeness, the strangeness of beauty. Vance has a genius in evoking the beauty of strangeness, the strangeness of beauty.
Jack Vance quotes: Count me not your friend but the enemy of your enemies. Count me not your friend but the enemy of your enemies.
Jack Vance quotes: I live in a constant flux; I am unable to make fixed plans. I live in a constant flux; I am unable to make fixed plans.
Jack Vance quotes: But Roy Rockwood, it was science fiction for the sake of science fiction. But Roy Rockwood, it was science fiction for the sake of science fiction.
Jack Vance quotes: A barbarian is not aware that he is a barbarian. A barbarian is not aware that he is a barbarian.
Jack Vance quotes: Dismount and kneel before me, that I may strike off your head with fullest ease. You shall die in this tragic golden light of sunset. Dismount and kneel before me, that I may strike off your head with fullest ease. You shall die in this tragic golden light of sunset.
Jack Vance quotes: You are evil like all existence ... If power were mine I would crush the universe to bloody gravel and stamp into the ultimate muck! You are evil like all existence ... If power were mine I would crush the universe to bloody gravel and stamp into the ultimate muck!
Jack Vance quotes: We prostrate ourselves before the fish-god Yob, who seems as efficacious as any. We prostrate ourselves before the fish-god Yob, who seems as efficacious as any.
Jack Vance quotes: The life we've been leading couldn't last forever. It's a wonder it lasted as long as it did. The life we've been leading couldn't last forever. It's a wonder it lasted as long as it did.
Jack Vance quotes: Jack Vance's Lyonesse books are the greatest fairy tale of the twentieth century. Jack Vance's Lyonesse books are the greatest fairy tale of the twentieth century.
Jack Vance quotes: My talismans are not obviously useless. My talismans are not obviously useless.
Jack Vance quotes: I haven't sold to the movies. In other words, I haven't gotten any enormous checks yet. I haven't sold to the movies. In other words, I haven't gotten any enormous checks yet.
Jack Vance quotes: I am a dull fellow ... my person reeks, my conversation consists of insipid platitudes. I am a dull fellow ... my person reeks, my conversation consists of insipid platitudes.
Jack Vance quotes: When you demand the nature of my motives, you reveal the style of your thinking to be callow, captious, superficial, craven, uncertain and impudent. When you demand the nature of my motives, you reveal the style of your thinking to be callow, captious, superficial, craven, uncertain and impudent.
Jack Vance quotes: Am I known as Cugel the Clever for nothing? Am I known as Cugel the Clever for nothing?
Jack Vance quotes: The void is a mouth crying to be filled, a blank mind aching for thought, a cavity desperate for shape. What is not implies what is. The void is a mouth crying to be filled, a blank mind aching for thought, a cavity desperate for shape. What is not implies what is.
Jack Vance quotes: I was an omnivore at reading, so that everything I ever read contributed. I was an omnivore at reading, so that everything I ever read contributed.
Jack Vance quotes: It is thus because it has always been thus. Is not this reason enough? It is thus because it has always been thus. Is not this reason enough?
Jack Vance quotes: T'sain shrugged. "I have lived little, and I am not wise. Yet I know that everyone is entitled to life. T'sain shrugged. "I have lived little, and I am not wise. Yet I know that everyone is entitled to life.