David Brin Quotes


Why must conversions always come so late? Why do people always apologize to corpses?

In all of history we have found just one cure for errorâ??a partial antidote against making and repeating grand foolish mistakes a remedy against self-deception. That antidote is criticism.

Learn to control ego. Humans hold their dogmas and biases too tightly and we only think that our opponents are dogmatic! But we all need criticism. Criticism is the only known antidote to error.

Anyone who wants simple pat stories should buy another author's product. The real universe ain't that way and neither are my fictive ones.

The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.

It is said that power corrupts but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.

Reciprocal accountability or criticism [is] the only known antidote to error.

When it comes to privacy and accountability people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.

Self-awareness is probably overrated. A complex self-regulating system doesn't need it in order to be successful or even smart.

Patience is fine but I'm not going to stop asking the Universe to make sense!

All this talk of using tax policy to 'assess social costs'...what a dumb idea. The only way to stop polluters is to put them against walls and shoot them.

The worst mistake of first contact made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal.

Beware of assumptions that seem "obvious" in one decade. They may become quaint in the next.

The best time to act on this was decades ago. The second best time is now.

Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that head-on.

With gritty action and realistic science Peter Watts brings to life a dark and vivid world.

I like to be surprised. Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds. Characters develop backgrounds adding depth and feeling. Writing feels like exploring.

I regret having been the bearer of ambiguous tidings.

Alas criticism has always been what human beings especially leaders most hate to hear.

But it is a delightful challenge to try to depict interesting aliens.

If you have other things in your life-family friends good productive day work-these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.

But honestly if you do a rigorous survey of my work I'll bet you'll find that biology is a theme far more often than physical science.

It is a paradox of Life that all species breed past mere replacement. Any paradise of plenty soon fills to become paradise no more.

My education and background thoroughly inform my writing.

The village is coming back like it or not.

The three basic material rights -- continuity mutual obligation and the pursuit of happiness.

Creative people see Prometheus in a mirror never Pandora.

Fortunately human beings are remarkably diverse models to work from.

If you believe you can make a living as a writer you already have enough ego.

A neurosis defends itself by coming up with rationalizations to explain away bizarre behavior.

Change is the very fabric of our time.

One of life's joys was to have friends who gave you reality checks...who would call you on your crap before it rose so high you drowned in it.

The fundamental premise of sci-fi is not spaceships and lasers - it's that children can learn from the mistakes of their parents.

Only a knowledgeable empowered and vocal citizenry can perform well in democracy.

Cultural contamination that is directed outward is always seen as â??enlightenment.

Gaia spins on silently contemplating what it means to be born into a sarcastic universe.

In the end the work of diplomats continues even while others fight. So it's not necessarily true that everyone needs to march.

You don't have conversations with microprocessors. You tell them what to do then helplessly watch the disaster when they take you literally!

My first duty to write a gripping yarn. Second is to convey credible characters who make you feel what they feel. Only third comes the idea.

Where subtlety fails us we must simply make do with cream pies.

Prison for the crime of puberty -- that was how secondary school had seemed.

Petals floating by Drift through my woman's hand As she remembers me.

Ideologies are too seductive anyway. It does a man good to see things from a different point of view.

Everything isn't subjective. Reality also matters. Truth matters. It is still a word with meaning.

Life is not fair...Anyone who says it is or even that it ought to be is a fool or worse.

One of the rules I try to follow is that normal people are going to be involved even in heroic events.

What point was there in pursuing an ever-elusive popularity?

We already live a very long time for mammals getting three times as many heartbeats as a mouse or elephant. It never seems enough though does it?

Only people with full stomachs become environmentalists.

Above all TRIBES is fun and even kind of sexy... in that every round features an Opportunity for Reproduction which is the main aim of the game as it is in most of Nature

Science Fiction is the jazz of literature.

History and geology show what an eyeblink it's been since our current comfortable culture came about. And yet that culture is using up absolutely everything at a ferocious rate.

I find humans tremendously interesting

I would normally never set out to write a trilogy.

She had called in the debt that parents owe a child for bringing her unasked into a strange world. One should never make an offer without knowing full well what will happen if it is accepted.