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Jerry Pournelle Quotes

Together is my favorite place to be - Love Quotes
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Fail Quotes
Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini - Funny Quotes
A year from now you'll wish you started today - Work Quotes
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results - Albert Einstein Quotes
When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me - Love Quotes
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde Quotes
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary - Work Quotes
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I started in this racket in the early 70s, and when I was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, of which I was like the sixth president, I was the first one nobody ever heard of.  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) And that’s another piece of advice I’ll give junior writers; when you get to the point where they take you to lunch, let the editor suggest where to go  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) Asimov was the reason why we changed some rules in the SFWA, and I’m not convinced we changed it for the best  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) Heinlein never had a best - seller. Even, I think, with Stranger in a Strange Land, I don’t think it was actually on the New York Times best seller list  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) The Aztecs believe they started up in what’s now New Mexico, and wandered for 10,000 years before they got down into where they are now, in Mexico City. That’s a weird legend  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) There were probably, what, 300 science - fiction members in the SFWA, of whom probably a hundred were active members in the sense that they were selling something every year, or every couple years  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) We’re basically after Joe’s beer money, and Joe likes his beer, so you better make sure that what you give him is at least as pleasurable to him as having his six - pack of beer would be  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) Freedom is not free. It is bought at a high price. It can be squandered cheaply  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) You see, I used to do a certain amount of market research by going to the local drugstore and seeing what the truck drivers would put up. Now it’s all just copies from the latest best-seller list and damn little of anything else  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) Of course most people underestimate the warrior characteristics of the Anglo-Saxon and Norman peoples anyway. It takes a heap of piety to keep a Viking from wanting to go sack a city  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) Mutually Assured Destruction, MAD, works only as long as it works; it does not know what to do if deterrence fails, for it envisions no defensive capabilities. A deterrent works until it is needed; then one needs defenses  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) Paradoxically, the few eras of peace were times when men of war had high influence. The Pax Romana was enforced by Caesar’s Legions. The Pax Brittanica was enforced by the Royal Navy and His Majesty’s Forces  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) The American way of war is to build an army, then another, then a third, while building fleets. If the war is still on at that point we smash.  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) And in down times it shakes a lot of the bad SF out, a lot the stuff that was bought for literary reasons, which is neither entertaining nor great literature.  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) Heinlein never had a best-seller. Even, I think, with Stranger in a Strange Land, I don’t think it was actually on the New York Times best seller list.  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) Somebody’s always getting me to come lecture to their writing class, and I don’t talk about writing at all, I talk about the business of making a living at this racket.  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) A smart soldier wants to know the causes of wars. Also how to end them. After all, war is the normal state of affairs, isn’t it? Peace is the name of the ideal we deduce from the fact that there have been interludes between wars.  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) Write a lot. And finish what you write. Don’t join writer’s clubs and go sit around having coffee reading pieces of your manuscript to people. Write it. Finish it. I set those rules up years ago, and nothing’s changed.  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) And meanwhile, the storytellers like me and anderson, silverberg... We tell stories. People like them. They want to know how it comes out, they want to know what the ending is  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) And in down times it shakes a lot of the bad SF out, a lot the stuff that was bought for literary reasons, which is neither entertaining nor great literature  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) I started in this racket in the early 70s, and when I was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, of which I was like the sixth president, I was the first one nobody ever heard of  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) That which does not kill me, has made a grave tactical error  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) Freedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) What man has done, man can aspire to do  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) The importance of information is directly proportional to its improbability  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) I have more information in one place than anybody in the world  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) In any ethical situation, the thing you want least to do is probably the right action  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) The arrogance of some of those who are so damned sure they are right is just astounding. Scientific witch hunts are often the worst kind, and have been since the secular authorities stopped enforcing the local bishop’s decrees of anathema  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) I think it takes about a million words to make a writer. I mean that you’re going to throw away  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes) Write a lot. And finish what you write. Don’t join writer’s clubs and go sit around having coffee reading pieces of your manuscript to people. Write it. Finish it. I set those rules up years ago, and nothing’s changed  (Jerry Pournelle Quotes)
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