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Robert Sheckley Quotes

Action isnt my forte. Im an expert on contemplation and mild regret.
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- "What is reality?"
- "One of the many possible illusions.

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Sanity is a matter of consensus.

— Robert Sheckley

It's the deep, fundamental bedrock of hypocrisy upon which religion is founded. Consider: no creature can be said to worship if it does not possess free will. Free will, however, is FREE. And just by virtue of being free, is intractable and incalculable, a truly Godlike gift, the faculty that makes a state of freedom possible. To exist in a state of freedom is a wild, strange thing, and was clearly intended as such. But what to the religions do with this? They say, "Very well, you possess free will; but now you must use your free will to enslave yourself to God and to us." The effrontery of it! God, who would not coerce a fly, is painted as a supreme slavemaster! In the fact of this, any creature with spirit must rebel, must serve God entirely of his own will and volition, or must not serve him at all, thus remaining true to himself and to the faculties God has given him.

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I have simply given up a longevity which I never possessed anyhow. I have turned away from the con game which the gods run in their heavenly side-show. I no longer care under which shell the pea of immortality might be found. I don't need it. I have my moment which is quite enough.

— Robert Sheckley

A lot of us don't want to be quite that serious about world problems. Our life is there to enjoy, not to be an eternal dissident, eternally unhappy with how things are and with the state of mankind.

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As far as the mechanics go, working with other people on received ideas was for me a very interesting technical problem. I can't say that any of my collaborations engaged my heart, but they engaged the craftsman in me.

— Robert Sheckley

I've always thought of absurdism as a French fad I'd like to belong to.

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I do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck.

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Once you find you can't walk as far and as fast as you were able, life becomes more complicated.

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I have never been a critic of science fiction as a whole.

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The absurdist stuff wasn't terribly popular at the time I was doing it.

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I like to think that I have no single view nor any single situation that I think things arrive from. I try to give examples of what I think are interesting questions for me.

— Robert Sheckley

I'm not too fond of the hard work and the constant battle with self-doubt that goes on when I write, but I figure that's part of the territory.

— Robert Sheckley

Originality is a concept possible only to a limited viewpoint.

— Robert Sheckley

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