Jack Vance Quotes


32 Jack Vance quotes:



"In fact, almost every job you get somebody watching you."
"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's just I wanted to get myself in a line of work where I didn't have a boss, where I didn't have to show up any place at any particular time."
"Right now I'm so old that if I had a big gush of money, I don't know what I'd do with it. I don't travel anymore. I don't need anything, don't want anything. I'd give it to my son, I guess, and let him enjoy it."
"So I'll write it, and then I'll find out that I actually wrote something that is utterly useless. You can't use it in the story and it doesn't fit. So I just throw it away. I've done that countless times."
"Sometimes some of these little side excursions are useful and I manage to fit them in the book somewhere."
"The story was such that I couldn't make a graceful ending and then make a graceful new beginning. I could have, but I didn't want to. So, it isn't the most graceful way of writing a story. This new story is, I think, is pretty good stuff. I'm pleased with it anyway."
"Then there was Clark Ashton Smith, who wrote for Weird Tales and who had a wild imagination. He wasn't a very talented writer, but his imagination was wonderful."
"There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley, who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me, but I couldn't tell you what it was."
"These are just the tip of the iceberg, because I read and read and read. I read everything."
"This flattery has been rather slow in coming. I think all of sudden late in life now I'm getting some credit for what I've done. Which is gratifying, but it's kind of a little late."
"Well, I think everything I've ever read contributes to the background from which I write."



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