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My mind spun for a second before it drifted, and in that second I knew that of all pleasures a drink of cold water when you are thirsty, liquor when you are not, sex, a cigarette after many days without one there is none of them can compare with sleep. Sleep is best ... -- Roger Zelazny
It is no shame to lose to me, mortal. Even among mythical creatures there are very few who can give a unicorn a good game. -- Roger Zelazny
Strygalldwir is my name. Conjure with it and I will eat your heart and liver."
"Conjure with it? I can't even pronounce it, and my cirrhosis would give you indigestion. -- Roger Zelazny
I never plan ahead, with the exception of the Amber books which had to proceed in sequence. But I don't really like to know what I'm going to be working on a year in advance. So I just sign blank contracts for books and whatever strikes me as a good idea is what I write about. -- Roger Zelazny
Once a Buddha, always a Buddha. -- Roger Zelazny
I have no objection to the expression of political opinions in SF if they are an integral part of the story structure. I don't at all appreciate their intrusion for the purpose of converting a story into a political tract, because I consider that intellectually insulting. -- Roger Zelazny
At the end of the season of sorrows comes the time of rejoicing. Spring, like a well-oiled clock, noiselessly indicates this time. -- Roger Zelazny
My favorite form is the short story. From an aesthetics stand point you really have to pare down to the bone. You can't write a throw-away scene. -- Roger Zelazny
So I simply said one of the great trite truths: There is generally more than one side to a story. -- Roger Zelazny
If someone asks you why you're oppressing a world and you reply with a lot of poetic crap, no. I guess there can't be a meeting of minds. -- Roger Zelazny
Most people who daydream of transforming themselves into some vicious beast and going about tearing people's throats out, dismembering them, disfiguring them and perhaps devouring them tend mainly to dwell upon how much fun it would be and generally neglect the practicalities of the situation. -- Roger Zelazny
All roads lead to Amber, he said, as though it were an axiom. -- Roger Zelazny
To waste! You are unknown and unwanted, save by me. This, because you are fairly adept at the various embalming arts and you occasionally compose a clever epitaph. -- Roger Zelazny
It was said that Dworkin himself had penned the Book in his saner days, and that long passages had come direct from the Unicorn. I don't know. I wasn't there. It is also said that we are descended of Dworkin and the Unicorn, which gives rise to some unusual mental images. -- Roger Zelazny
I try to sit down at the typewriter four times a day, even if it's only five minutes, and write three sentences. -- Roger Zelazny
He smelled the smells of commerce and listened to the cursing of the sailors, both of which he admired: the former, as it reeked of wealth, and the latter because it combined his two other chief preoccupations, these being theology and anatomy. -- Roger Zelazny
When you are about to die, a wombat is better than no company at all. -- Roger Zelazny
We crossed a small but sturdy wooden bridge a little later, but no trolls were taking tolls. -- Roger Zelazny
If the liberal arts do nothing else, they provide engaging metaphors for the thinking they displace. -- Roger Zelazny
But I recall the springtime of the world as though it were yesterday - those days when we rode together to battle, and those nights when we shook the stars loose from the fresh-painted skies! -- Roger Zelazny
Nobody steals books but your friends. -- Roger Zelazny
Once a Buddha, always a Buddha, Sam. Dust off some of your old parables. You have about fifteen minutes.'
Sam held out his hand. Give me some tobacco and a paper. -- Roger Zelazny
You are of that tribe with your feet in hell and your head in heaven. -- Roger Zelazny
Death and Light are everywhere, always, and they begin, end, strive, attend, into and upon the Dream of the Nameless that is the world, burning words within Samsara, perhaps to create a thing of beauty. -- Roger Zelazny
Are you going to do it?" he asked. "Maybe," I said.
Don't 'maybe' me, baby. It's written all over you. I'd almost be willing to go along, you know. Of all my relations, I like sex the best and Eric the least."
I lit a cigarette, while I considered. -- Roger Zelazny
The most difficult thing about Time, I have learned, is doing it. -- Roger Zelazny
Then you must reconcile yourself to the fact that something is always hurt by any change. If you do this, you will not be hurt yourself. -- Roger Zelazny
If I get enough letters saying you never explained this or that, I suppose I'll have to write another book. -- Roger Zelazny
There's really nothing quite like someone's wanting you dead to make you want to go on living. -- Roger Zelazny
In a world of physical ease, brutal social equality, and reasonable economic equality, exclusiveness in frivolity becomes the most sought-after of all distinctions. -- Roger Zelazny
There's no such thing as civilization. The word just means the art of living in cities. -- Roger Zelazny
I see myself as a novelist, period. I mean, the material I work with is what is classified as science fiction and fantasy, and I really don't think about these things when I'm writing. I'm just thinking about telling a story and developing my characters. -- Roger Zelazny
One of the disadvantages of traveling alone is that when you fall there is none to assist you. -- Roger Zelazny
Unlike the other darkside Lords, whose places of power were fixed geographical localities where they reigned supreme, Jack's was more a tenuous one, and liable to speedy cancellation, but it existed wherever light and objects met to make a lesser darkness. With -- Roger Zelazny
Thus did I bear Sir Lancelot de Lac to the Keep of Ganleon, whom I trusted like a brother. That is to say, not at all. -- Roger Zelazny
The universe did not invent justice. Man did. Unfortunately, man must reside in the universe. -- Roger Zelazny
I tried a very fancy attack I'd learned in France, which involved a beat, a feint in quarte, a feint in sixte, and a lunge veering off into an attack on his wrist. I nicked him, and the blood flowed. -- Roger Zelazny
Let there be an end to thought. Thus do I refute Descartes.' I sprawled, not a cogito or a sum to my name. -- Roger Zelazny
The enemy of the moment is not as important as our own inner weakness. If this is not mended we are already defeated, though no foreign conqueror stands within our walls. -- Roger Zelazny
I watched the spinning stars, grateful, sad and proud, as only a man who has outlived his destiny and realizes he might yet forge himself another, can be. -- Roger Zelazny
Blood!" I called out.
Give me blood and vengeance this day, my warriors, and you will be remembered in Amber forever!"
And as a man. they raised their weapons and cried out, "Blood! -- Roger Zelazny
Good-bye and hello, as always. -- Roger Zelazny
Amber casts an infinity of shadows, and my Avalon had cast many of its own, because of my presence there. I might be known on many earths that I had never trod, for shadows of myself had walked them, mimicking imperfectly my deeds and my thoughts. -- Roger Zelazny
Nothing is cheaper than past glories. -- Roger Zelazny
Beware the meek ... for we shall attempt to inherit the Earth. -- Roger Zelazny
It is anticipation and recollection that fill the heart - never the sensation of the moment. -- Roger Zelazny
The columns of mounted men moved forward, passed out through the gates of the Palace of Karma, turned off the roadway and headed up the slope that lay to the southeast of the city of Mahartha, comrades blazing like the dawn at their back. -- Roger Zelazny
I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows. -- Roger Zelazny
In the State of Denmark there was the odor of decay ... -- Roger Zelazny
An army, great in space, may offer opposition in a brief span of time. One man, brief in space, must spread his opposition across a period of many years if he is to have a chance of succeeding. -- Roger Zelazny
Wish in one hand and do something else in the other, and squeeze them both and see which comes true -- Roger Zelazny
Your woman is gone and your heart is heavy. Words will not lighten the weight, and what is written is written. But let it also be put down that I grieve with you. ~Hasan~ -- Roger Zelazny
If a building is falling on you, you don't concern yourself with the horn of an approaching car. You deal with the most immediate peril first. That's survival. -- Roger Zelazny
Between the black of yesterday and the white of tomorrow is the great gray of today. -- Roger Zelazny
Tonight I will suck the marrow from your bones!" it said. "I will dry them and work them most cunningly into instruments of music! Whenever I play upon them, your spirit will writhe in bodiless agony!"
"You burn prettily," I said. -- Roger Zelazny
Two days like icebergs bleak, blank, half-melting, all frigid, mainly out of sight, and definitely a threat to peace of mind drifted by and were good to put behind. -- Roger Zelazny
Life is a thing
if you'll excuse a quick dab of philosophy before you
know what kind of picture I'm painting
that reminds me quite a bit of the
beaches around Tokyo Bay -- Roger Zelazny
Death is mighty, and is no one's friend. -- Roger Zelazny
I would never rest until I held vengeance and the throne within my hand, and good night sweet prince to anybody who stood between me and these things. -- Roger Zelazny
Many of my better short stories are just the last chapters of novels I did not write. -- Roger Zelazny
What an enormous chutzpah you possess," I told him. "What makes you better than the rest of us, and more fit to rule?" "The fact that I was able to occupy the throne," he replied. "Try and take it. -- Roger Zelazny
That's life: trust and you're betrayed; don't trust and you betray yourself. -- Roger Zelazny
There is Shadow and there is Substance, and this is the root of all things. Of Substance, there is only Amber, the real city, upon the real Earth, which contains everything. Of Shadow, there is an infinitude of things. Every possibility exists somewhere as a Shadow of the real. -- Roger Zelazny
We talked the moon out of heavens before either of us grew tired. -- Roger Zelazny
How can you treat death so lightly?" she asks.
"Because it happens," he replies. "It is inevitable. I do not mourn the falling of a leaf or the breaking of a wave. I do not sorrow for a shooting star as it burns itself up in the atmosphere. Why should I? -- Roger Zelazny
Vishnu Vishnu Vishnu regarded regarded regarded Brahma Brahma Brahma ...
They sat in the Hall of Mirrors. -- Roger Zelazny
He spent the last second of his life screaming, as the force of Bortan's leap pulped him against the ground, before his head was snatched from his shoulders.
My hellhound had arrived. -- Roger Zelazny
Why could you not have left me as I was, in the sea of being?"
"Because the world has need of your humility, your piety, your great teaching and your Machiavellian scheming. -- Roger Zelazny
The absence of a monument can, in its own way, be something of a monument also. -- Roger Zelazny
The power to hurt ... has evolved in a direct relationship to technological advancement. -- Roger Zelazny
Of course it does not apply to me. I am the soul of honor, kindness, mercy and goodness. Trust me in all things. -- Roger Zelazny
I saw my earlier selves as different people, acquaintances I had outgrown. I wondered how I could ever have been some of them. -- Roger Zelazny
A powerful flight of the imagination ... an entirely enjoyable reading experience, wrought by a pair of writers noted for excellence. -- Roger Zelazny
When your bow is broken and your last arrow spent, then shoot, shoot
with your whole heart. -- Roger Zelazny
Death is the only limit to the road you travel. -- Roger Zelazny
'Nothing that formal. A simultaneous decision to murder one another is more like it. -- Roger Zelazny
Two versions of the same face looking into blank screens, two very different minds thinking of things unsaid. Sometimes love is in silence. -- Roger Zelazny
I don't know that I ever wanted greatness on its own. It seems rather like wanting to be an engineer, rather than wanting to design something - or wanting to be a writer, rather than wanting to write. It should be a by-product, not a thing in itself. Otherwise, it's just an ego trip. -- Roger Zelazny
And sweets to the sweet, I replied, then spoke the word that completed the spell, dropping a load of manure upon him. -- Roger Zelazny
Even the most heartening of philosophical vistas is no match for, say, a toothache, if it happens to be your own. -- Roger Zelazny
Ill met by moonlight,' said Deirdre.
'You could still be tied to a stake,' said Random, and she did not reply. -- Roger Zelazny
Time, too, is a function of Shadow, and even Dworkin did not know all of its ins and outs. Or perhaps he did. Maybe that is what drove him mad. -- Roger Zelazny
Hell, we make our own ifs. I had better things to think about than what could have happened -- Roger Zelazny
It was my turn to be silent while a small family of moments crossed my path, single file, from the left, sticking their tongues out at me. -- Roger Zelazny
Sleep is perhaps the only among life's great pleasures which need not be of short duration. -- Roger Zelazny
To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, I wish I had known this some time ago. -- Roger Zelazny
Don't wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects. -- Roger Zelazny
The headwaters of Shit Creek are a cruel and treacherous expanse. -- Roger Zelazny
Life is full of doors that don't open when you knock, equally spaced amid those that open when don't want them to. -- Roger Zelazny
There are none of you, good doctors, could cope with my family anyway. -- Roger Zelazny
The thing had been quite unpremeditated on my part. I had not even thought of her as a woman until she came into my arms and revised my thinking on the subject. -- Roger Zelazny
It would be nice if there were some one thing constant and unchanging in the universe. If there is such a thing, then it is a thing which would have to be stronger than love, and it is a thing which I do not know. -- Roger Zelazny
When I said I wanted to die in my sleep, I meant I wanted to be stepped on by an elephant while making love. -- Roger Zelazny
And again, damn. Of troubles I considered myself amply possessed. But those who do seem to get. Some spiritual form of compound interest, I suppose. -- Roger Zelazny
The stars blazed like the love of God, cold and distant. -- Roger Zelazny
Be warned, therefore, that one does not go to hell to light a cigarette. -- Roger Zelazny
Did you ever look back at some moment in your past and have it suddenly grow so vivid that all the intervening years seemed brief, dreamlike, impersonal - the motions of a May afternoon surrendered to routine? -- Roger Zelazny
While sex heads a great number of lists, we all have other things we like to do in between. -- Roger Zelazny
I loved him like a brother - which is to say, not at all. -- Roger Zelazny
Besides, I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. -- Roger Zelazny
You are a fool to speak of last great battles, Sam, for the last great battle is always the next one. -- Roger Zelazny
Personal feelings don't make for good politics, legal decisions, or business deals. -- Roger Zelazny
Siddhartha considered the ways of the demon, and in that moment he struck. -- Roger Zelazny
P.S. I still dunno if it's art. Go to Hell yourself. -- Roger Zelazny
When inspiration is silent reason tires quickly. -- Roger Zelazny
Of all my relations, I like sex the best and Eric the least. -- Roger Zelazny
The function of criticism should not be confused with the function of reform. -- Roger Zelazny
Do you work for the government, any government?"
"I pay taxes, which means I work for the government, part of the time. Yes. -- Roger Zelazny
I've always been impulsive. My thinking is usually pretty good, but I always seem to do it after I do my talking - by which time I've generally destroyed all basis for further conversation. -- Roger Zelazny
I fail to see what difference it makes whether it be supernatural or not
so long as it is malefic, possesses great powers and life span and has the ability to change its shape at will. -- Roger Zelazny
Then the fit hit the Shan. -- Roger Zelazny
First, a man may in some ways be superior to his fellows and still serve them, if together they serve a common cause which is greater than any one man. I believe that I serve such a cause, or I would not be doing it. -- Roger Zelazny
I have always found that hell is other people. -- Roger Zelazny
Trouble can be purchased cheaply, though the refund may be more than you can bear. -- Roger Zelazny
Any man would be forsworn to gain a kingdom. -- Roger Zelazny
Once past the comfort zone in either direction, humans soon lost the ability to discriminate bad from worse. -- Roger Zelazny
I wonder as to the value of consciousness," said Jack, "if it does not change the nature of a beast. -- Roger Zelazny
Only friends steal books. -- Roger Zelazny
Wheels turning, the motorcycle's roar grows steady, which, too, is a form of silence. -- Roger Zelazny
What should I do?' Coyote yelled.
'Cultivate philosophy and run like hell,' said Bear ... -- Roger Zelazny
Go and copulate with yon purple lizard. -- Roger Zelazny
No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words. -- Roger Zelazny
Time passed slowly, like and old man climbing a hill. -- Roger Zelazny
I'm very gullible when it comes to my own words. I believe everything I say, though I know I am a liar. -- Roger Zelazny
I enjoy slaughtering beasts, and I think of my relatives constantly. -- Roger Zelazny
I'm a lost soul. We do wail. -- Roger Zelazny
The Keeper of Clouds has unpenned his charges.
The Keeper of Winds has unlocked his gates.
The Keeper of Waters has opened the sky.
The Keeper of Lightnings waves his lances.
The Keeper of satellites has observed,
'One hundred percent of probability of precipitation. -- Roger Zelazny
You are a deviant from the social norm!"
"Is that an insult or a diagnosis? -- Roger Zelazny
His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god. -- Roger Zelazny
I know, too, that death is the only god who comes when you call. -- Roger Zelazny
You leap too quickly to his defense. It reveals his true attitude, of which he has doubtless made you aware. -- Roger Zelazny
While it shows the gods as no better than the rest of us," she said, "at least, it shows them as no worse. See here the sources of human morality. -- Roger Zelazny
Nothing we did in those days has caused a change." "Because of what we did, things remained as they were, rather than getting worse," I told him. -- Roger Zelazny
times are rare, such times are fleeting, but always bright when caught, measured, hung, and later regarded
in times of adversity, there in the kinder halls of memory, against the flapping of the flames. -- Roger Zelazny
Which one is the right way?"
"Huh? You're asking me that? How should I know?"
"Mortals call you Buddha."
"That is only because they are afflicted with language and ignorance. -- Roger Zelazny
The day of battle dawned pink as the fresh-bitten thigh of a maiden. -- Roger Zelazny
Love is a negative form of hatred. -- Roger Zelazny
I believe everything I say, though I know I'm a liar. -- Roger Zelazny
The death of an illusion tends to disconcert. -- Roger Zelazny
Before you are fully aware of anything else, you are aware whether you are awakening in your own bed. -- Roger Zelazny
There are stars, stars, scattered stars, blackness all between. They ripple and fold and bend, and they rush toward him, rush by him. Their colors are blazing and pure as angels' eyes. -- Roger Zelazny
It is a pain in the ass waiting around for someone to try to kill you. -- Roger Zelazny
Even a mirror will not show you yourself, if you do not wish to see. -- Roger Zelazny
I have decided, it is fruitless. For I am no longer sure of anything concerning my existance. A philosopher is a dead poet and a dying theologian. -- Roger Zelazny
The dead are too much with us. -- Roger Zelazny
...And call me Conrad! -- Roger Zelazny