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David Brin Quotes

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.
David Brin
Power, True, Said

The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal.
David Brin
History, Often, Making

When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.
David Brin
Everyone, Themselves, Privacy

I like to be surprised. Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds. Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling. Writing feels like exploring.
David Brin
Feeling, Story, Characters

Only a knowledgeable, empowered and vocal citizenry can perform well in democracy.
David Brin
Democracy, Perform, Vocal

Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It’s happened many times in the past. It could happen to us.
David Brin
Past, Times, Talk

Why must conversions always come so late? Why do people always apologize to corpses?
David Brin
Late, Apologize, Corpses

One of the rules I try to follow is that normal people are going to be involved even in heroic events.
David Brin
Rules, Normal, Follow

But honestly, if you do a rigorous survey of my work, I’ll bet you’ll find that biology is a theme far more often than physical science.
David Brin
Work, Science, Often

Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on.
David Brin
Change, Age, Best

My first duty to write a gripping yarn. Second is to convey credible characters who make you feel what they feel. Only third comes the idea.
David Brin
Idea, Second, Characters

We already live a very long time for mammals, getting three times as many heartbeats as a mouse or elephant. It never seems enough though, does it?
David Brin
Time, Enough, Times

In the book, America had already been weakened by bio terror plagues before waves of selfish violence took down the rest. But the real enemy was the kind of male human being who nurses fantasies of violent glory at the expense of his fellow citizens.
David Brin
America, Book, Enemy

Predicting has a spotty record in science fiction. I’ve had some failures. On the other hand, I also predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of fundamentalist Islam… and I’m not happy to be right in all of those cases.
David Brin
Science, Happy, Islam

There’s no doubt that scientific training helps many authors to write better science fiction. And yet, several of the very best were English majors who could not parse a differential equation to save their lives.
David Brin
Best, Science, Lives

When I begin a book, I inevitably discover many things along the way, about the characters, their past histories and the political intrigues that surround them. This discovery process is vital, and I would not prejudice it by deciding too much in advance.
David Brin
Past, Book, Political

Anyone who wants simple, pat stories should buy another author’s product. The real universe ain’t that way, and neither are my fictive ones.
David Brin
Another, Simple, Anyone

But it is a delightful challenge to try to depict interesting aliens.
David Brin
Challenge, Alien, Delightful

Fortunately, human beings are remarkably diverse models to work from.
David Brin
Work, Beings, Models

I find humans tremendously interesting.
David Brin

I would normally never set out to write a trilogy.
David Brin
Normally, Trilogy

My education and background thoroughly inform my writing.
David Brin
Education, Background, Thoroughly

Above all, TRIBES is fun, and even kind of sexy… in that every round features an Opportunity for Reproduction, which is the main aim of the game, as it is in most of Nature.
David Brin
Nature, Fun, Game

She had called in the debt that parents owe a child for bringing her, unasked, into a strange world. One should never make an offer without knowing full well what will happen if it is accepted.
David Brin
Parents, Happen, She

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