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“We're all capable of climbing so much higher than we usually permit ourselves to suppose.”
“Souls! When have you seen your own soul — that you're so certain you have one?”
“Writing is one of the few professions in which you can psychoanalyze yourself, get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public, and get paid for it.”
“Belief initiates and guides action — Or it does nothing.”
“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be lied to. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”
“Religion is a dangerous prod, because it can always be misused and get out of hand, but it's useful for keeping people on the straight and narrow.”
“Beware: / All too often, / We say / What we hear others say, / We think / What we're told that we think. / We see / What we're permitted to see. / Worse! / We see what we're told that we see.”
“Drowning people / Sometimes die / Fighting their rescuers.”
“All struggles / Are essentially / power struggles. / Who will rule, / Who will lead, / Who will define, / refine, / confine, / design, / Who will dominate. / All struggles / Are essentially / power struggles, / And most / are no more intellectual / than two rams / knocking their heads together.”
“Create no images of God. / Accept the images / that God has provided. / They are everywhere, / in everything. / ... The universe / is God's self-portrait.”
Octavia Butler, U.S. writer
(1947 - 2006)
Full name: Octavia Estelle Butler.