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Larry Niven Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Larry Niven.

I do suspect that privacy was a passing fad.
- Larry Niven

I don't have a strong interest in history.
- Larry Niven

I'm not predicting; I just love playing with superconductors.
- Larry Niven

I love superconductors.
- Larry Niven

 

Building one space station for everyone was and is insane:
we should have built a dozen.
- Larry Niven

I've spent a lot of my life among people brighter than myself.
- Larry Niven

We should not have assumed that a political space station could be built.
- Larry Niven

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I do not believe they've run out of surprises.
- Larry Niven

Anything beats an expensive stack of paper.
- Larry Niven

We're looking as far ahead as we can,
and we don't get penalized for mistakes.
- Larry Niven

Treat your life like something to be sculpted.
- Larry Niven

Everything starts as somebody's daydream.
- Larry Niven

In general, I don't know when inspiration will pop up.
- Larry Niven

I'd repair our education system or replace it with something that works.
- Larry Niven

But...
watching Steven Barnes taught me to treat my life like an art form.
- Larry Niven

The human species really could have faced global thermonuclear war.
During seventy years of Cold War we grew used to it.
- Larry Niven

And every friend I've got has been writing Mars stories.
It was pretty clear I'd never catch up.
- Larry Niven

My problem with new writers is that it takes me five
or six years to memorise the right names.
- Larry Niven

We need to take command of the solar system to gain that wealth,
and to escape the sea of paper our government is becoming,
and for some decent chance of stopping a Dinosaur Killer asteroid.
- Larry Niven

Bruce Sterling is one terrific writer and he's relatively new,
but I don't know how long he's been doing it;
he probably doesn't need the publicity anymore!
- Larry Niven

In hindsight it may even seem inevitable that a socialist
society will starve when it runs out of capitalists.
- Larry Niven

I've got five or six unpublished stories kicking around
looking for somebody to buy them.
- Larry Niven

I'd visit the near future, close enough that someone
might want to talk to Larry Niven and can figure out the language;
distant enough to get me decent medical techniques
and a ticket to the Moon.
- Larry Niven

As for AIDS, it's a plague.
We are human, we get plagues.
They come along every so often, kill off two thirds of the population;
in the next generation it's a quarter;
after that it's a childhood disease.
- Larry Niven

I never got good at predicting what millions of people
will suddenly decide is rational.
- Larry Niven

SF isn't a genre; SF is the matrix in which genres are embedded,
and because the SF field is never going in any one
direction at any one time,
there is hardly a way to cut it off.
- Larry Niven

Curiosity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect.
- Steven Wright

We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is no rule more invariable than that
we are paid for our suspicions
by finding what we suspect.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is wisdom in prosperity, when all is as thou wouldn't have it,
to fear and suspect the worst.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Exeter was, I suspect, more crucial in my life than
in the lives of most members of my class,
and conceivably, than in the lives of almost anyone
else who ever attended the school.
- John Knowles

My own early experiences in war led me to suspect the value of discipline,
even in that sphere where it is so often regarded as
the first essential for success.
- Herbert Read

Next to the writer of real estate advertisements,
the autobiographer is the most suspect of prose artists.
- Donal Henahan

I suspect that writer's block afflicts mainly people
who have some stable and ample source of income outside of writing.
So far it hasn't been a problem.
- Fred Saberhagen

Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.
- Tacitus

A noble heart cannot suspect in others the pettiness
and malice that it has never felt.
- Jean Racine

There is nothing makes a man suspect much,
more than to know little.
- Francis Bacon

I suspect there have been a number of conspiracies
that never were described or leaked out.
But I suspect none of the magnitude and sweep of Watergate.
- Bob Woodward

When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of twenty-one,
little did I suspect that I should be at forty-nine,
what I now am.
- Sarah Orne Jewett

We are not supposed to go out and kill all those we
suspect to have committed a crime.
- Bianca Jagger

To be frank, I suspect that today there is little respect
for Christianity as source of moral teaching about goodness.
- Timothy Radcliffe

Even while we busily attend meetings,
contribute money and perform our assigned tasks,
we suspect that we may be helping to create a force
that is inimical to many values we hold dear.
- Robert Shea

Growth, in some curious way, I suspect,
depends on being always in motion just a little bit,
one way or another.
- Norman Mailer

Brains, you know, are suspect in the Republican Party.
- Walter Lippmann

If people suspect their Cattle Bewitched,
if they be great Cattle, make the twelfth house their ascendant,
and the eleventh their twelfth house,
and vary your Rules with Judgment.
- William Lilly

I suspect people always thought I had a boyfriend,
so nobody came after me.
- Ziyi Zhang

I suspect that a lot of studio executives still think
of me as 'what's-his-name'.
- Chris Cooper

I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my
works to have a light joyousness of springtime which
never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost me.
- Henri Matisse

There's a lot more to being a woman than being a mother,
but there's a hell of a lot more to being a mother
than most people suspect.
- Roseanne Barr

A man prone to suspect evil is mostly looking in his
neighbor for what he sees in himself.
- Augustus Hare

A woman of honor should never suspect another of things
she would not do herself.
- Marguerite de Valois

Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth:
their measurements are being taken and compared.
- Erica Jong

Anything that is worth doing has been done frequently.
Things hitherto undone should be given,
I suspect, a wide berth.
- Max Beerbohm

Anyone who composes and conducts at the same time is immediately suspect,
because he must be faking one or the other.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

I am a kind of paranoid in reverse.
I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
- J. D. Salinger

To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror,
to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror.
- Frank Herbert

I suspect the secret of personal attraction is locked
up in our unique imperfections,
flaws and frailties.
- Hugh Mackay

I do suspect that this world is hell.
- Francesca da Rimini

Someday I suspect, when Jesus has definitely got me for a sunbeam,
my works may be adequately assessed.
- Noel Coward

I think theatre should always be somewhat suspect.
- Vaclav Havel

I suspect that American workers have come to lack a work ethic.
They do not live by the sweat of their brow.
- Kiichi Miyazawa

If something is successful with the audience,
it's automatically suspect; the reverse is to say that
not to reach audiences is the greatest compliment an artist can receive!
- Carlisle Floyd

Although technical discussions are interesting to composers,
I suspect that the truly magical and spiritual powers
of music arise from deeper levels of our psyche.
- George Crumb

To deny women directors, as I suspect is happening in the States,
is to deny the feminine vision.
- Jane Campion

My husband and I were very in love, and I had no reason
to suspect that his interests lay anywhere else.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley

Don't automatically obey Presidential directives if
you disagree or if you suspect he hasn't considered
key aspects of the issue.
- Donald Rumsfeld

I remember being awed by it - the uniqueness and nicety of style -
and I suspect I was a bit jealous because we were more
or less of the same generation.
- George Plimpton

I suspect that some apparently homosexual people are
really heterosexuals who deeply phobic about the opposite
sex or have other emotional problems.
- Marilyn vos Savant

In England, it's thought to be morally suspect to worry
about what your surroundings look like.
- Howard Hodgkin

It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact,
no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise,
no matter how true.
- Gore Vidal

To speak about notation as the only way that you can
guarantee structure of course is already very suspect.
- Evan Parker


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