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    We are all eaters of souls.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: soul 
     
    This is every writer's nightmare--the sudden breakdown of meaning in the language that sustains and supports us...
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: meaning  language 
     
    Prison always has been a good place for writers, killing, as it does, the twin demons of mobility and diversion
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: prison  demon 
     
    Its hard to die. Harder to live
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: live  die 
     
    Luckily, even as a young man not yet become himself, John Bridgens had two things besides indecision that kept him from self-destruction - books and a sense of irony.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: men  young  irony  book 
     
    Belief in one's identity as a poet or writer prior to the acid test of publication is as naive and harmless as the youthful belief in one's immortality... and the inevitable disillusionment is just as painful.
    — Dan Simmons
    Words are the only bullets in truth's bandolier. And poets are the snipers.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: truth  poet 
     
    I loved you backward and forward in time. I loved you beyond boundaries of time and space.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: time  space 
     
    There is a fullness and calmness there which can come only from knowing pain.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: pain  knowing 
     
    After fifty- five years of dedicating his life and work to the story of ethical systems, Sol Weintraub had come to a single, unshakable conclusion: any allegiance to a deity or concept or universal principal which put obedience above decent behavior toward an innocent human being was evil.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: evil  work  human  decent  stories  year 
     
    The shortest route to courage is absolute ignorance.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: courage  ignorance 
     
    In such seconds of decision entire futures are made.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: future  decision 
     
    Evolution brings human beings. Human beings, through a long and painful process, bring humanity.
    — Dan Simmons
    Words bend our thinking to infinite paths of self-delusion, and the fact that we spend most of our mental lives in brain mansions built of words means that we lack the objectivity necessary to see the terrible distortion of reality which language brings.
    — Dan Simmons
    It occurs to me that our survival may depend upon our talking to one another.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: survival 
     
    In the beginning was the Word. Then came the fucking word processor. Then came the thought processor. Then came the death of literature. And so it goes.
    — Dan Simmons
    It's one of the strangest attributes of this profession that when we writers get exhausted writing one thing, we relax by writing another.
    — Dan Simmons
    Doing a life study while drunk and in the process of being seduced is never a formula for quality art.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: process  quality 
     
    Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down - there have only been three or four SF movies in the history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: movie  film  definition 
     
    Mystery. The strangeness of place so necessary to some creative spirits. A perfect mixture of the classical utopia and the pagan mystery.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: mystery  spirit  creative 
     
    Anticlimax is, of course, the warp and way of things. Real life seldom structures a decent denouement.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: decent  real 
     
    If everyone could understand the working of a psychopath's mind, we undoubtedly would be closer to insanity ourselves.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: insanity  mind 
     
    She had always felt that the essence of human experience lay not primarily in the peak experiences, the wedding days and triumphs which stood out in the memory like dates circled in red on old calendars, but, rather, in the unself-conscious flow of little things-the weekend afternoon with each member of the family engaged in his or her own pursuit, their crossings and connections casual, dialogues imminently forgettable, but the sum of such hours creating a synergy which was important and eternal.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: memory  experience  human 
     
    There is a certain solipsism to serious illness which claims all of one's attention as certainly as an astronomical black hole seizes anything unlucky enough to fall within its critical radius.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: illness  attention  black 
     
    We are not the only avatars of humanity. Once our computing machines achieved self-consciousness, they became part of this design.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: humanity  machine 
     
    Poetry is only secondarily about words. Primarily, it is about truth. I dealt with the Ding an Sich, the substance behind the shadow, weaving powerful concepts, similes, and connections the way an engineer would raise a skyscraper with the whiskered-alloy skeleton being constructed long before the glass and plastic and chromaluminum appears.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: truth  powerful  poetry 
     
    Gass once wrote: "Language serves not only to express thought but to make possible thoughts which could not exist without it." Here is the essence of mankind's creative genius: not the edifices of civilization nor the bang-flash weapons which can end it, but the words which fertilize new concepts like spermatozoa attacking an ovum. It might be argued that the Siamese twin infants of word/idea are the only contribution the human species can, will, or should make to the raveling cosmos.
    — Dan Simmons
    Artists recognize other artists as soon as the pencil begins to move.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: artist 
     
    Poets are the mad midwives to reality. They see not what is, nor what can be, but what must become.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: reality  poet 
     
    Fate and victory shift ... now this way, now that way -- like a line of unarmored men under a hail of enemy arrows.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: enemies  fate  men  victory  enemy 
     
    The love of violence is an aspect of our humanity. Even the weak wish to be strong primarily so they can wield the whip.
    — Dan Simmons
    As for the depiction of the Catholic church, it's not meant to be a prediction
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: church 
     
    The beauty of that June day was almost staggering. After the wet spring, everything that could turn green had outdone itself in greenness and everything that could even dream of blooming or blossoming was in bloom and blossom. The sunlight was a benediction. The breezes were so caressingly soft and intimate on the skin as to be embarrassing.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: beauty  dreams 
     
    Love was as hardwired into the structure of the universe as gravity and matter.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: universe 
     
    The Great Change is when humankind accepts its role as part of the natural order of the universe instead of its role as a cancer
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: universe 
     
    There is no doubt that I have discovered the ultimate in stagnant human societies. The Bikura have realized the human dream of immortality and have paid for it with their humanity and their immortal souls.
    — Dan Simmons
    The sum of the crowd's IQ was far below that of its most modest single member. Mobs have passions, not brains.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: brain  passion 
     
    Love is nothing but lust misspelled.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: lust 
     
    The problem with being passionately in love ... is that it deprives you of too much sleep.
    — Dan Simmons
    tags: sleep  problem 
     
    Life doesn't retreat.
    — Dan Simmons
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    dan simmons
    Birth    : April 4, 1948
    Occupation  : Author