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" A chaplain's assistant is customarily a figure of fun in the American Army. "
" I left the Middle West for Schenectady because the General Electric Company offered me a more congenial, better paying job than did anyone else. "
" I'm screamingly funny, you know, I really am in the books. And that helps because I'm funnier than a lot of people, I think, and that's appreciated by young people. "
" I think big business is a terrible thing for the spirit of the country, as our spirit is the best thing about us. "
" Science is magic that works. "
" People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God. "
" All writers are going to have to learn more about science, because it's such an interesting part of their environment. "
" The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest. "
" This is Sunday, and the question arises, what'll I start tomorrow? "
" There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look. "
" People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say. "
" Puny man can do nothing at all to help or please God Almighty, and Luck is not the hand of God. "
" I hope to build a reputation as a science-fiction writer. That's the pitch. We'll see. "
" Still and all, why bother? Here's my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone. "
" Over the years, people I've met have often asked me what I'm working on, and I've usually replied that the main thing was a book about Dresden. "
" If you are an American, you must allow all ideas to circulate freely in your community, not merely your own. "
" The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal. "
" True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. "
" Never index your own book. "
" What troubles me most about my lovely country is that its children are seldom taught that American freedom will vanish, if, when they grow up, and in the exercise of their duties as citizens, they insist that our courts and policemen and prisons be guided by divine or natural law. "
" It may be that the most striking thing about members of my literary generation in retrospect will be that we were allowed to say absolutely anything without fear of punishment. "
" What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. "
" People need good lies. There are too many bad ones. "
" I get up at 7:30 and work four hours a day. Nine to twelve in the morning, five to six in the evening. Businessmen would achieve better results if they studied human metabolism. No one works well eight hours a day. No one ought to work more than four hours. "
" When I'm being funny, I try not to offend. I don't think much of what I've done has been in really ghastly taste. I don't think I have embarrassed many people or distressed them. "
" Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. "
" I'm convinced that no one can amount to a damn in the arts if he becomes sweetly reasonable, seeing all sides of a picture, forgiving all sins. "
" It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead. "
" One might be led to suspect that there were all sorts of things going on in the universe which he or she did not thoroughly understand. "
" I was not an anthropology student prior to the war. I took it up as part of a personal readjustment following some bewildering experiences as an infantryman and later as a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany. The science of the Study of Man has been extremely satisfactory from that personal standpoint. "
" There is never a shortage anywhere of lawyers eager to attack the First Amendment, as though it were nothing more than a clause in a lease from a crooked slumlord. "