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    It was the essence of life to disbelieve in death for one's self, to act as if life would continue forever. And life had to act also as if little issues were big ones. To take a realistic attitude toward life and death meant that one lapsed into unreality. Into insanity. It was ironic that the only way to keep one's sanity was to ignore that one was in an insane world or to act as if the world were sane.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    Dullard: Someone who looks up a thing in the encyclopedia, turns directly to the entry, reads it, and then closes the book.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: book  read 
     
    Miles above the Earth we know , Fancy's rocket roars. Below, Here and Now are needles which Sew a pattern black as pitch, Waiting for the rocket's light.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: earth  black 
     
    Now we have lit a candle to the power Of atoms; now we know we're heirs of light Itself...
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: power 
     
    Caught Beauty , held to light, now apes A good, now evil, thing the shifting sign And spectrum of archaic, psychic shapes.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: beauty  evil 
     
    There are Universes begging for Gods, yet he hangs around this one looking for work.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: work  god  universe 
     
    By now you must have accepted the fact that your religion , in fact, none of the Earthly religions, truly knew what the afterlife would be. All made guesses, and then established these as articles of faith . Though, in a sense, some were near the mark, if you accept their revelations as symbolic .
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: facts  faith  afterlife 
     
    Dreams haunted The Riverworld.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: dreams 
     
    Resurrection , like politics , makes strange bedfellows.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: politics 
     
    Burton, though an infidel, made it his business to investigate thoroughly every religion. Know a man's faith , and you knew at least half the man. Know his wife, and you knew the other half.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: men  faith  business  wife 
     
    Burton did not believe in miracles . Nothing happened that could not be explained by physical principles if you knew all the facts .
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: believe  miracle  facts 
     
    All the human beings I met were either sure that there would be no afterlife or else that they would get preferential treatment in the hereafter.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: human  afterlife 
     
    Reader, pray that soon this Iron Age Will crumble, and Beauty escape the rusting cage.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: beauty  age  pray 
     
    Strong blasphemers thrive only when strong believers thrive.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: believer  strong 
     
    Let those who think the soul is shallow rail, They must be warned before they dare to leap They'll plunge into the twilight depths where sweep In ceaseless thirst great teeth too swift to fail.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: soul  fail 
     
    Can imagination act Perpendicular to fact? Can it be a kite that flies Till the Earth , umbrella-wise, Folds and drops away from sight?
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: earth  imagination 
     
    Sawbeaked epitome of bodiless Idea, tossed by gusts of ether, dive Through abstract mists and raid the sea of fact Eat rich strange fish, grow long bright feathers, press Form's flesh around thought's rib, and so derive From the act of beauty, beauty of the act.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: beauty  thoughts  facts  ideas 
     
    Beauty in this Iron Age must turn From fluid living rainbow shapes to torn And sootened fragments, ashes in an urn On whose gray surface runes are traced by a Norn Who hopes to wake the Future to arise In Phoenix -fashion, and to shine with rays To blast the sight of modern men whose dyes Of selfishness and lust have stained our days...
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: beauty  men  selfishness  living  future  age  lust  hope 
     
    The way is open, comrades, free as SpaceAlone is free. The only gold is love,A coin that we have minted from the lightOf others who have cared for us on EarthAnd who have deposited in us the powerThat nerves our nerves to seize the burning stars.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: star 
     
    Everybody should fear only one person, and that person should be himself .
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: fear  people 
     
    Burton sighed, laughed loudly, and said, "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." Another fairy tale to give men hope . The old religions have been discredited although some refuse to face even that fact so new ones must be invented.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: men  facts  hope 
     
    Tomorrow changes the face of reality.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: reality  tomorrow 
     
    As science pushes forward, ignorance and superstition gallop around the flanks and bite science in the rear with big dark teeth.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: dark  ignorance 
     
    Human beings are part of nature. Anything they do is natural. It's impossible for anything in nature to do anything unnatural.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: nature  human  impossible 
     
    Confucius once said that a bear could not fart at the North Pole without causing a big wind in Chicago.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    Despite my vast interest in other universes and new ideas and space, travel and time travel, which by the way I think is impossible, the basic thing is human character, which is the main thing of most writers.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    By this he meant that all events, therefore, all men, are interconnected in an unbreakable web. What man does, no matter how seemingly insignificant, vibrates through the strands and affects every man.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: men 
     
    The brain, knowing that a person can't live forever in this world, rationalizes a future, or other-dimensional, world in which immortality is possible. In other words, religion is the earliest form of science fiction.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    It's a peculiarity of the Norwegian culture and of the English and American, too, that men are not supposed to cry. Stiff upper lip and all that. But the Vikings cried like women in public or privately. They soaked their beards with tears and were not one bit ashamed about it. Yet, they were as quick to draw their swords as they were to shed tears. So, what's all this crap about men having to hold in their sorrow and grief and disappointment?
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: men  women  grief  culture  sorrow  tears  american 
     
    Nature is an experimenter.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: nature 
     
    Yes, we hope to seed a new, rich earth.We hope to breed a race of men whose powerDwells in hearts as open as all SpaceItself, who ask for nothing but the lightThat rinses the heart of hate so that the starsAbove will be below when man has Love.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: men  heart  hate  hope  race 
     
    One thing is sure, O comrades, that the loveThat fights to keep us rooted in the earth,But also urges us to dare the stars,This irresistible, this ancient powerWedged in the soul, unshakable, is the lightThat burns our roots and leaves us free for Space.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: soul  fight  space 
     
    Prometheus, I have no Titan's might,Yet I, too, must each dusk renew my heart,For daytime's vulture talons tear apartThe tender alcoves built by love at night.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: night  tears  renew 
     
    Give us power, give us light To holdall love within our breast's small space.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: power  space 
     
    The truth is that Trout, like Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury and many others, writes parables. These are set in frames which have become called, for no good reason, science fiction. A better generic term would be 'future fairy tales'. And even this is objectionable, since many science fiction stories take place in the present or the past, far and near.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    This story is about love, which means that it is also about hate.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: hate  stories 
     
    It was a shameful thing that she had nothing of which to be ashamed.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.
    — Philip Jose Farmer
    tags: imagination 
     
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    philip jose farmer
    Birth    : January 26, 1918
    Death  : February 25, 2009
    Occupation  : Author