The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out til too late that he's been playing with two queens all along.
The harder I work, the luckier I become.
It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living.
Evolution was far more thrilling to me than the biblical account. Who would not rather be a rising ape than a falling angel? To my juvenile eyes, Darwin was proved true every day. It doesn't take much to make us flip back into monkeys again.
Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
This isn't life in the fast lane, it's life in the oncoming traffic.
Opera happens because a large number of things amazingly fail to go wrong.
The 'New Testament', now, I quite liked. Jesus had a lot of good things to say, and as for his father, he must have been highly thought of by the community to work with wood - a material that couldn't have been widely available in Palestine.
I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
It cannot be said often enough that science fiction as a genre is incredibly educational - and I'm speaking the written science fiction, not 'Star Trek.' Science fiction writers tend to fill their books if they're clever with little bits of interesting stuff and real stuff.
The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.
Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.
Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.
In all seriousness, people think that it's the ideas that are important. Well, everyone has ideas, all the time. I tend to write mine down and remember them, but at some point you have to apply the bum to the seat and knock out about sixty five thousand words - that's how long a novel is.
I believe everyone should have a good death. You know, with your grandchildren around you, a bit of sobbing. Because after all, tears are appropriate on a death bed. And you say goodbye to your loved ones, making certain that one of them has been left behind to look after the shop.
We have been so successful in the past century at the art of living longer and staying alive that we have forgotten how to die. Too often we learn the hard way. As soon as the baby boomers pass pensionable age, their lesson will be harsher still.
Anger is wonderful. It keeps you going. I'm angry about bankers. About the government.
You can't build a plot out of jokes. You need tragic relief. And you need to let people know that when a lot of frightened people are running around with edged weaponry, there are deaths. Stupid deaths, usually. I'm not writing 'The A-Team' - if there's a fight going on, people will get hurt. Not letting this happen would be a betrayal.
He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting 'All the Gods are bastards.'