November 12, 2016

R. A. Lafferty Quotes

“And some got home, but damn it took them long enough!”

“And Spacemen dead and deathless yet we sing about:— And some were weak and wan, and some were strong enough, “

“I write as clearly as I am able to. I sometimes tackle ideas and notions that are relatively complex, and it is very difficult to be sure that I am conveying them in the best way. Anyone who goes beyond cliche phrases and cliche ideas will have this trouble.”

“It was their way of defying that tricky place Earth. That place will hurt you if you let it get the hop on you. They spooked the Earth spooks away with their stories. They whistled in the dark.”

“Lend ear while things incredible we bring about “

“My brain reels, moaned Homer the man. Reality melts away.”

“Now then, I have given you a short fair hearing as the law requires. I do not solicit the support of your party, though, in all honesty, if it had more than one member I might.”

“Paul, there is something very slack about a future that will take a biting satire for a vapid dream.”

“The best time to write a story is yesterday. The next best time is today.”

“The good stories, of course, write themselves. And somebody wants to know who are the really good writers, and how many of them there are. There aren’t any. Most of the writers are likeable frauds. Some are unlikable frauds.”

“The shapes they take are both objective and subjective. One can shape them a little with one’s own mind.”

“Though my short stories are the more readable, my novels do have more to say; and they will, if anyone has the patience for it, repay a rereading.”

“To you who are scattered and broken, gather again and mend. Rebuild always, and again I say rebuild. Renew the face of the earth. It is a loved face, but now it is covered with the webs of tired spiders.”

“When very young, Hannali would sit on the black ground and chuckle till it was feared he would injure himself. Whatever came over him, prenatal witticism or ancestral joke, he seldom was able to hold his glee. In all his life he never learned to hold it in.”