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Octavia Butler Quotes

I have this theory that anything that happens to you that leaves you alive and intact can be used somewhere in your writing.
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Religion kept some of my relatives alive, because it was all they had. If they hadn't had some hope of heaven, some companionship in Jesus, they probably would have committed suicide, their lives were so hellish.

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I would never have been a good scientist - my attention span was too short for that.

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The thing about science fiction is that it's totally wide open. But it's wide open in a conditional way.

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Science fiction let me do both. It let me look into science and stick my nose in everywhere.

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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.

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I'm me, and I'm here, and I'm writing,

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There is no end To what a living world Will demand of you.

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The destiny of Earthseed is to take root among the stars.

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Humans persecute their different ones, yet they need them to give themselves definition and status.

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To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.

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I lost an arm on my last trip home.

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It's interesting how many science fiction writers get going when they are very young. I was on a program with Greg Bear and he mentioned that he had gotten started writing when he was eight. And I began writing when I was 10. I think we're influenced by the stuff, we find it and we love it and we're influenced by it ... I know I collected my first rejection slip when I was 13, and I went on collecting them for a long time after that.

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We're all capable of climbing so much higher than we usually permit ourselves to suppose.

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The only black people you found were occasional characters or characters who were so feeble-witted that they couldn't manage anything, anyway. I wrote myself in, since I'm me and I'm here and I'm writing.

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