ROGER ZELAZNY QUOTES

American writer (1937-1995)

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, The Great Book of Amber

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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, Nine Princes of Amber

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The stars blazed like the love of God, cold and distant.

ROGER ZELAZNY, Isle of the Dead

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Life is full of doors that don't open when you knock, equally spaced amid those that open when you don't want them to.

ROGER ZELAZNY, Blood of Amber

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Don't wake me for the end of the world unless it has very good special effects.

ROGER ZELAZNY, Prince of Chaos

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I guess you have to be a little arrogant to be a writer. I decided early on that just because a lot of other writers were bothered by getting bad reviews didn't really mean that the things were particularly important. By the same token, the good ones didn't mean all that much either. So I just forget about reviews and I wrote what I wanted.

ROGER ZELAZNY, interview, Absolute Magnitude

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Death is the only god that comes when you call.

ROGER ZELAZNY, "24 Views of Mt. Fuji, by Hokusai"

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No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words.

ROGER ZELAZNY, Lord of Light

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The day of battle dawned pink as the fresh-bitten thigh of a maiden.

ROGER ZELAZNY, Lord of Light

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Go and copulate with yon purple lizard.

ROGER ZELAZNY, Creatures of Light and Darkness

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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, Lord of Light

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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, Creatures of Light and Darkness

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I'm a lost soul. We do wail.

ROGER ZELAZNY, Jack of Shadows

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Be warned, therefore, that one does not go to hell to light a cigarette.

ROGER ZELAZNY, This Immortal

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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, "A Conversation with Roger Zelazny", Science Fiction, Apr. 8, 1978

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Even a mirror will not show you yourself, if you do not wish to see.

ROGER ZELAZNY, Lord of Light

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Occasionally, there arises a writing situation where you see an alternative to what you are doing, a mad, wild gamble of a way for handling something, which may leave you looking stupid, ridiculous or brilliant -- you just don't know which. You can play it safe there, too, and proceed along the route you'd mapped out for yourself. Or you can trust your personal demon who delivered that crazy idea in the first place. Trust your demon.

ROGER ZELAZNY, introduction, "Passion Play"

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The universe did not invent justice. Man did. Unfortunately, man must reside in the universe.

ROGER ZELAZNY, He Who Shapes

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There's really nothing quite like someone's wanting you dead to make you want to go on living.

ROGER ZELAZNY, This Immortal

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Time passed slowly, like an old man climbing a hill.

ROGER ZELAZNY, Lord of Light

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Tags: time