Greg Bear quotes

  • Once, poets were magicians. Poets were strong, stronger than warriors or kings — stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Strong #Kings #Warrior

  • Science fiction works best when it stimulates debate.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Fiction #Debate #Science Fiction

  • But to fight something, you really have to try to understand its motivations—particularly when the something you’re fighting holds most of the cards, the deck is stacked against you, and the whole gambling hall is on fire and filled with thugs.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Motivation #Fighting #Thug

  • Nothing is lost. Nothing is forgotten.It was in the blood, the flesh,And now it is forever.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Blood #Forever #Flesh

  • You deserve whoever governs you ... Everyone is responsible for the actions of their leaders.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Leader #Action #Responsible

  • To fight an enemy properly, you have to know what they are. Ignorance is defeat.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Ignorance #Fighting #Enemy

  • There is no war so important that to win it, we must destroy our minds.
    -- Greg Bear

    #War #Winning #Mind

  • Sometimes I feel like a beetle crawling through a fusion power plant. I can feel a certain amount, see a certain amount, but I sure as hell don't understand everything.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Fusion #Sometimes #Hell

  • Apocalypse could not be repealed by the democratic process.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Apocalypse #Process #Democratic

  • I sometimes think we deserve to die, we're all so ***** stupid.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Stupid #Thinking #Sometimes

  • Life on earth is hard. Competition for the necessities of life is fierce. How ridiculous to believe that the law of harsh survival would not be true elsewhere, or that it would be negated by the progress of technology in an advanced civilization...
    -- Greg Bear

    #Believe #Technology #Civilization

  • Of all the planets apart from Earth in our solar system, Mars is the most hospitable. Yeah. Right. Better keep my visit short. And yet, despite the discomfort, the danger, I love it here. I love coming back for these imaginary vacations. The sights are amazing.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Vacation #Sight #Mars

  • It's kind of a misnomer about science fiction that science fiction is about anything other than people. It's about people doing stuff, sometimes doing extraordinary stuff.
    -- Greg Bear

    #People #Fiction #Stuff

  • Conservatism is not about tradition and morality, hasn't been for many decades... It is about the putative biological and spiritual superiority of the wealthy.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Spiritual #Morality #Tradition

  • When all hopes are lost, only then does reality acquire that sharp focus that defines who we are and what we have become.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Reality #Focus #Doe

  • Welcome to the truth of our world-a massive seed shot out to the stars, filled with deadly children. A seed designed to slay everything it touches.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Stars #Children #Our World

  • All it takes to get elected in twenty-first-century America is a mob of frightened sheep and a wolf with a nice smile,
    -- Greg Bear

    #Nice #Sheep #America

  • Having one's eyes opened doesn't make one grateful.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Grateful #Eye

  • Grief is not productive. It simply represents an inefficiency in accepting change of status.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Grief #Accepting #Inefficiency

  • The price of freedom—of individuality—is attention to politics, careful planning, careful organization; philosophy is no more a barrier against political disaster than it is against plague.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Philosophy #Organization #Political

  • It's been a great place to get in touch with what people are really thinking. And to make contact with readers and other writers. Egalitarian, wide open, like the Wild West!
    -- Greg Bear

    #Thinking #People #West

  • Ray Bradbury is, for many reasons, the most influential writer in my life. Throughout our long friendship, Ray supplied not only his terrific stories but a grand model of what a writer could be, should be, and yet rarely is: brilliant and charming and accessible, willing to tolerate and to teach, happy to inspire but also to be inspired.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Friendship #Long #Inspire

  • For years, even before 9/11, I've been trying to warn that the threat from amateur biolabs will ultimately turn out to be far more troublesome than leakage from military labs - perhaps even more costly and deadly than nuclear terrorism.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Military #Years #Trying

  • Altruism is masked self-interest. Aggressive self-interest is a masked urge to self-destruction.
    -- Greg Bear

    #Self #Destruction #Aggressive