Steven Brust quotes

  • It's just that no one wants to be the one being rescued, we all want to do the rescuing.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Want

  • It is always man's ideas which drive his actions. This has, at times, resulted in great evil; but as we look around us, we cannot doubt that it has resulted in greater good.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Men #Ideas #Evil

  • Don't explain why it works; explain how you use it.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Writing #Use

  • To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called for. Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Fashion #Understanding #Eccentric

  • Always speak politely to an enraged Dragon.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Dragons #Speak

  • The struggle is always worthwhile, if the end be worthwhile and the means honorable; foreknowledge of defeat is not sufficient reason to withdraw from the contest.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Struggle #Mean #Defeat

  • The others followed, and found themselves in a small, stuffy basement, which would have been damp, smelly, close, and dark, were it not, in fact, well-lit, which prevented it from being dark.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Dark #Facts #Found

  • I’ve heard it said: ‘By his home you shall know him’; and we all know that we must pay attention to anyone who reverses the subject and auxiliary verb in his sentence.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Home #Verbs #Attention

  • When I say that life is like an onion, I mean this: if you don't do anything with it, it goes rotten. So far, that's no different from other vegetables. But when an onion goes bad, it can either do it from the inside, or the outside. So sometimes you see one that looks good, but the core is rotten. Other times, you can see a bad spot on it, but if you cut that out, the rest is fine. Tastes sharp, but that's what you paid for, isn't it?
    -- Steven Brust

    #Life #Mean #Cutting

  • I'd rather be running the game than playing it.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Running #Games

  • Most people seem to take pleasure in feeling superior to someone. I'm not like that, which pleases me because it makes me feel superior.
    -- Steven Brust

    #People #Feelings #Pleasure

  • There is no excuse for bad manners, except fast reflexes.
    -- Steven Brust

    #No Excuses #Manners #Reflexes

  • What's the point of having weak enemies? They just waste your time.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Enemy #Waste #Weak

  • True heroics must be carefully planned - and strenuously avoided.
    -- Steven Brust

  • I guess there's just a time for doing dumb things.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Dumb

  • That's what does it-- that moment where you think you're lost, and then discover that you're not, that you've never really left. There's something that happens in that incredible tiny no-time, and that something is like the revelation of learning.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Thinking #Tiny #Doe

  • Everybody generalizes from one example. At least, I do.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Example

  • In our memories, there is a graveyard where we bury our dead. They all lie there together, the loved ones and the ones we hated, friends and foes and kin, with no distinction among them. We have to mourn every one of them, because our memories have made them as much a part of us as our bones or our skin. If we don't, we've no right to remember anything at all.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Memories #Lying #Skins

  • Plan. Yes. Good idea. I should come up with a plan.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Ideas #Come Up #Should

  • You can't put something together again unless you've torn it apart first.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Together #Firsts #Torn

  • One man's mistake is another man's opportunity.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Mistake #Men #Opportunity

  • Staring into the dragon's maw, one quickly learns wisdom.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Dragons #Staring

  • Minneapolis has two seasons: Road Removal and Snow Repair.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Two #Snow #Minneapolis

  • No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Knives #Style #Wizards

  • But once you allow yourself to recognize necessity, you find two things: One you find your options so restricted that the only course of action is obvious, and, two, that a great sense of freedom comes with the decision.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Two #Decision #Action

  • Do you think it's possible to discuss politics without preaching?
    -- Steven Brust

    #Thinking #Preaching

  • The tools are real. The viewer is real, you, the artist, is real and a part of everything you paint. You connect yourself to the viewer by sharing something that is inside of you that connects with something inside of him. All you have as your guide is that you know what moves you. All you have to do it with is a brush, some chemical and canvas, and technique.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Real #Moving #Artist

  • All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool. The reader will like the book to the degree that he agrees with the writer about what's cool.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Book #Thinking #Literature

  • You have been asking what you could do in the great events that are now stirring, and have found that you could do nothing. But that is because your suffering has caused you to phrase the question in the wrong way... Instead of asking what you could do, you ought to have been asking what needs to be done.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Suffering #Phrases #Asking

  • The novel should be understood as a structure built to accommodate the greatest possible amount of cool stuff.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Stuff #Should #Structure

  • One nice thing about putting the thing away for a couple of months before looking at it is that you start appreciate your own wit. Of course, this can be carried too far. But it's kind of cool when you crack up a piece of writing, and then realize you wrote it. I recommend this feeling.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Couple #Nice #Writing

  • A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Ambition #Men #Waiting

  • He got up and walked out, so I missed seeing the powerful sorcerer doing his powerful sorcery, which would have involved him closing his eyes and then, I don't know, maybe taking a deep breath or something.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Powerful #Eye #Sorcery

  • Can you be serious for two words?" "Not without effort.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Two #Effort #Serious

  • There was a sergeant at a desk. I knew he was a sergeant because I recognized the marks on his uniform, and I knew it was a desk because it's always a desk. There's always someone at a desk, except when it's a table that functions as a desk. You sit behind a desk, and everyone knows you're supposed to be there, and that you're doing something that involves your brain. It's an odd, special kind of importance. I think everyone should get a desk; you can sit behind it when you feel like you don't matter.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Thinking #Brain #Special

  • I have something to tell you." "How, you have something to tell me?" "You have understood me exactly." "Well, I am listening." "Listening? Then, you wish me to tell you?" "Yes, that is it. I am listening, and therefore I wish you to tell me." "Shall I tell you now?" "No.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Listening #Wish #Wells

  • A stupid person can make only certain, limited types of errors; the mistakes open to a clever fellow are far broader. But to the one who knows how smart he is compared to everyone else, the possibilities for true idiocy are boundless.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Clever #Mistake #Smart

  • Why do you work so hard to make yourself disliked? I should think you'd find it happens enough on its own without putting yourself to any extra trouble.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Thinking #Trouble #Enough

  • I'm told I'm very charming when people do what I want.
    -- Steven Brust

    #People #Want #Charming

  • Because here’s the thing: No matter how much one tells stories of magical beasts or impossible worlds, in the end, it is always the world of here and now one is writing about. The better one understands that world, the more powerful the stories will be.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Powerful #Writing #Stories

  • There are millions of ways for people to die, if you number each vital organ, each ways it can fail, all the poisons from the earth and the sea which can cause these failures.
    -- Steven Brust

    #Sea #Numbers #People