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David Gerrold Quotes

Nobody is ever ready for anything. If they were ready for it, there would be no point in living through it.
David Gerrold

You can tell a lot about a civilization by the quality of the people found in its jails.
Under the Eye of God, David Gerrold

The secret of the universe is this: The universe doesn’t care. That part of the job is yours.
David Gerrold

I think I exist, therefore I exist. I think.
The Man Who Folded Himself, David Gerrold

Most people say they want justice, but they don’t really want justice. They want revenge. They want to see the pain spread around equally.
Under the Eye of God, David Gerrold

Morality – like velocity – is relative. The determination of it depends on what the objects around you are doing. All one can do is measure one’s position in relation to them; never can one measure one’s velocity or morality in terms of absolutes.
Star Hunt, David Gerrold

Only people who haven’t lived through a war advocate it so eagerly.
Under the Eye of God, David Gerrold

Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be grateful it happens in that order.
David Gerrold

I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.
A Matter for Men, David Gerrold

Incompetency fed on itself.
Under the Eye of God, David Gerrold

Death comes black and hard, rushing down on me from the future, with no possible chance of escape.
The Man Who Folded Himself, David Gerrold

Of course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is. The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show.
David Gerrold

To say that a writer’s hold on reality is tenuous is an understatement – it’s like saying the Titanic had a rough crossing. Writer’s build their own realities, move into them and occasionally send letters home. The only difference between a writer and a crazy person is that a writer gets paid for it.
The Martian Child, David Gerrold

The avalanche of time sweeps everything before it. Every individual instant hurtles into oblivion, drowning out the obliteration of the instant immediately preceding it, and then it too disappears under the onslaught of the next and the next and the next. When the avalanche has shuddered past for a long enough time, the perception of the past evolves. Distant events grow beyond mere history and take on the weight of legend.
Under the Eye of God, David Gerrold

I have memories – but only a fool stores his past in the future.
A Covenant of Justice, David Gerrold

The fifties are a peaceful time, a quiet sleeping time between two noisy bursts of years, a blue and white time filled with sweet yellow days, music and bright smelling memories.
The Man Who Folded Himself, David Gerrold

A work of art is an act of love. Critics are crab lice.
David Gerrold

You will find it easiest to ride the avalanche in the direction it already travels.
Under the Eye of God, David Gerrold

The computer has evolved into a partner, a tool, and an environment – not just in science fiction, but in the public consciousness as well. Computers are no longer malevolent iron brains that manufacture tyrannical and oppressive answers; they are not a way to think, they are a place from which to think. The computer is an environment in which answers can be sought, created, manipulated and developed.
David Gerrold

Christianity has held back any further advances in human consciousness for the past thousand years. And for the past century it’s been in direct conflict with its illegitimate offspring, Communism (again with a capital C). Both ask the individual to sacrifice his self-interest to the higher goals of the organization. (Which is okay by me as long as it’s voluntary; but as soon as either becomes too big – and takes on that damned capital C – they stop asking for cooperation and start demanding it.) Any higher states of human enlightenment have been sacrificed between these two monoliths.
Under the Eye of God, David Gerrold