Robert Sheckley Quotes

30 Robert Sheckley quotes:

"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."
"A novel is often a longer process in handling self-doubt."
"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."
"But science perhaps is very difficult without faith. Also there is no simple way of saying now we have science, we don't need faith anymore."
"Ethical and questions of philosophy interest me a great deal."
"I am very pleased and perhaps a little surprised also because I don't think one knows the extent of one's own work or the acceptance of it."
"I do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck."
"I don't finish every story, but I probably write and send out three out of five of them."
"I don't much like to look back with the idea that I was doing it wrong then or I'm doing it wrong now."
"I have never been a critic of science fiction as a whole."
"I knew I was doing something right because it was selling so I didn't want to interfere with it."
"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."
"I sell well now in Russia. I remember one signing in Russia some years ago where the bookstore had two strongmen to hold the crowds back."
"I think it can be quite impossible to think well of yourself, so I prefer not to think about that too much. But I am very pleased, obviously."
"I was forever reading outside of the field as well as in it."
"I was never able to write seriously about heroes because I was very aware that I was not one and that in my background there was not this heroic thing."
"I would like to do a novel where some curse turns that into how the world really is - a blessing or a curse, I don't know which."
"I'm not so interested any more in how a great deal of science fiction goes. It goes into things like Star Wars and Star Trek which all go excellent in their own way."
"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."
"I'm quite influenced in this by one of my heroes, Montaigne, who thought a man's real task was to render as honest an account of himself as he could."

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