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    Nature has become something new. It is ours now, truly. And if our creation devours us, how poetic will that be?
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: nature  creation 
     
    Laws are a fine thing on paper, but painful when no bribery can ease their bind.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: law 
     
    All life produces waste. The act of living produces costs, hazards and disposal questions, and so the (Environment) Ministry has found itself in the center of all life, mitigating, guiding and policing the detritus of the average person along with investigating the infractions of the greedy and short-sighted, the ones who wish to make quick profits and trade on others' lives for it.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    At first, when California started winning its water lawsuits and shutting off cities, the displaced people just followed the water-right to California. It took a little while before the bureaucrats realized what was going on, but finally someone with a sharp pencil did the math and realized that taking in people along with their water didn't solve a water shortage.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: people  winning  water 
     
    A desert's a stupid place to put a river.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    I used to love reading, but since I've started writing, it's harder for me to immerse, because I spend so much time looking at how the story is structured and trying to see what the author is doing behind the curtain.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    Sex and hypocrisy. They go together like coffee and cream.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: hypocrisy  sex 
     
    We write dust epitaphs for our vanquished enemies and watch them blow away in the desert wind.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: enemies  enemy  write 
     
    If I cared for human approval, I would have been dead long ago.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: human 
     
    I write at a standing desk, which has helped me be much more productive and solved some back problems, but mostly all my quirky habits have to do with procrastination and avoidance rather than with work. I'm slowly trying to stamp those out.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    Men are loyal when you lead from the front.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: men 
     
    An untrampled scorpion troubles no one.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    Life is exponential. Two becomes four, becomes ten thousand, becomes a plague.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    Most of the news about the state of the environment is pretty ugly. This is frightening for me personally, but actually motivational for me artistically.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: environment 
     
    They'd blame a castoff just for breathing. You could be good as gold and they'd still blame you.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    Some things, it was better not to think about. It just made you mad and angry.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    The surfeit of bad trends pushes me to set my stories in worlds which are often diminished versions of our own present.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: present  world  bad  stories 
     
    Killing isn't free. It takes something out of you every time you do it. You get their life; they get a piece of your soul. It's always a trade.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: time  soul 
     
    Knowledge is simply a terrible ocean we must cross, and hope that wisdom lies on the other side.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: lies  ocean  wisdom  hope 
     
    Environmental science is telling us a lot about our future and what it could look like, whether we're talking about global warming (the current poster child for the environment) or a loss of genetic diversity in our food supplies, or the effects of low-dose chemicals on human development.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    We are nature. Our every tinkering is nature, our every biological striving. We are what we are, and the world is ours. We are its gods. Your only difficulty is your unwillingness to unleash your potential fully upon it.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: nature  world  potential  god 
     
    The problem with surviving was that you ended up with the ghosts of everyone you'd ever left behind riding on your shoulders.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: problem  ghost 
     
    Short fiction seems more targeted - hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like atmosphere: it's a lot smokier and less defined.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: work  fiction  ideas 
     
    Laws are confusing documents. They get in the way of justice.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: justice  law 
     
    Never beg for mercy. Accept that you have failed. Begging is for dogs and humans.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: mercy  dog 
     
    It's still a load. If there was balance, the soldier boys would all be dead, and we'd be sitting pretty in the middle of the Drowned Cities, shipping marble and steel and copper and getting paid Red Chinese for every kilo. We'd be rich and they'd be dead, if there was such a thing as the Scavenge God, or his scales. And that goes double for the Deepwater priests. They're all full of it. Nothing balances out.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: balance  boys  god 
     
    Blood is not destiny.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: blood 
     
    Knowledge is always two-edged. For every benefit, there is hazard. For every good, evil.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: evil 
     
    Take three different Thai writers and ask them to extrapolate their county's future, and one hopes that you'll get three very different - but all deeply honest - versions.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: future  hope 
     
    Food should come from the place of its origin, and stay there. It shouldn't spend its time crisscrossing the globe for the sake of profit.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: time  food 
     
    It's human nature to tear one another apart. Be glad you come from such a successful line of killers.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    I do not fight battles that cannot be won. Do not confuse that with cowardice.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: fight  battle 
     
    Plenty of people say my guesses about a future drought in the western U.S. (where I live and grew up) are wrong, so I don't see why I won't be wrong in some people's eyes when I go set a story on foreign shores.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: people  live  future  eyes  wrong  stories 
     
    When you were alone in the rising ocean, you grabbed whatever raft passed by.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: alone  ocean 
     
    But then, that was the problem with pretty toy stitches. When real life got hold of them, they always tore out.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: problem  real 
     
    Don't tell me about worth," Nita said. "My father commands fleets." "The wealthy measure everything with the weight of their money." Tool leaned close. "Sadna once risked herself and the rest of her crew to help me escape from an oil fire... Your father commands fleets. And thousands of half-men, I am sure. But would he risk himself to save a single one?
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: fire  help  risk  father 
     
    What I'm hoping to do though is to ground my extrapolations in specificity, and to make sure that the story I tell is deliberately and honestly told.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: stories 
     
    Pain held no terror for him. Pain was, if not friend, then family, something he had grown up with in his crèche, learning to respect but never yield to. Pain was simply a message, telling him which limbs he could still use to slaughter his enemies, how far he could still run, and what his chances were in the next battle.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    Politics is ugly. Never doubt what small men will do for great power.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
    tags: men  power  doubt  politics 
     
    I like fast plots with things that explode.
    — Paolo Bacigalupi
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