Source: Parable of the Talents (1998), Chapter 1 (p. 1)
Octavia E. Butler quotes
Octavia E. Butler
Birthdate: 22. June 1947
Date of death: 24. February 2006
Other names: اکتاویا باتلر, Օկտավիա Բատլեր
Octavia Estelle Butler was an American science fiction writer. A multiple recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, in 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship.
Quotes Octavia E. Butler
Source: Wild Seed (1980), Chapter 1 (p. 11)
Variant: In order to rise
From its own ashes
Source: Parable of the Talents
Source: Mind of My Mind (1977), Chapter 5 (p. 344)
„We keep falling into the same ditches, you know? I mean, we learn more and more about the physical universe, more about our own bodies, more technology, but somehow, down through history, we go on building empires of one kind or another, then destroying them in one way or another. We go on having stupid wars that we justify and get passionate about, but in the end, all they do is kill huge numbers of people, maim others, impoverish still more, spread disease and hunger, and set the stage for the next war. And when we look at all of that in history, we just shrug our shoulders and say, well, that’s the way things are. That’s the way things always have been.“
Source: Parable of the Talents (1998), Chapter 20 (p. 392)
„He didn’t look all right to me. “Has anyone gone for the doctor?”
“Marse Tom don’t hardly get Doc West for ague. He says all the doc knows is bleeding and blistering and purging and puking and making folks sicker than they was to start.”“
Source: Kindred (1979), Chapter 5, “The Storm” section 3 (p. 202).
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„When it comes to strangers with guns,” I told her, “I think suspicion is more likely to keep you alive than trust.“
Source: Parable of the Sower (1993), Chapter 11 (p. 122)
„I can’t do it, Joachim. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. A long leash is still a leash. And Coransee will still be at the other end of it, holding on.“
Source: Patternmaster (1976), Chapter 4 (p. 689)
„“What were they saying?” Daly asked.
“They disapprove of your profession,” Doro told him.
“Heathen savages,” Daly muttered. “They’re like animals. They’re all cannibals.”
“These aren’t,” Doro said, “though some of the their neighbors are.”
“All of them,” Daly insisted. “Just give them the chance.”
Doro smiled. “Well, no doubt the missionaries will reach them eventually and teach them to practice only symbolic cannibalism.”
Daly jumped. He considered himself a pious man in spite of his work. “You shouldn’t say such things,” he whispered. “Not even you are beyond the reach of God.”
“Spare me your mythology,” Doro said, “and your righteous indignation.” Daly had been Doro’s man too long to be pampered in such matters. “At least we cannibals are honest about what we do,” Doro continued. “We don’t pretend as your slavers do to be acting for the benefit of our victims’ souls. We don’t tell ourselves we’ve caught them to teach them civilized religion.”“
Source: Wild Seed (1980), Chapter 3 (p. 42)
„“Human beings fear difference,” Lilith had told him once. “Oankali crave difference. Humans persecute their different ones, yet they need them to give themselves definition and status. Oankali seek difference and collect it. They need it to keep themselves from stagnation and overspecialization. If you don’t understand this, you will. You’ll probably find both tendencies surfacing in your own behavior.” And she had put her hand on his hair. “When you feel a conflict, try to go the Oankali way. Embrace difference.”“
Part II “Phoenix” chapter 4 (p. 329).
Adulthood Rites (1988)
„I might not have believed this if a Human had said it. Humans said one thing with their bodies and another with their mouths and everybody had to spend time and energy figuring out what they really meant.“
Source: Imago (1989), Chapter I, “Metamorphosis” section 4 (p. 548)
Source: Kindred (1979), Chapter 3, “The Fall” section 5 (p. 81).
„We’ve also been laughed at, argued with, booed, and threatened with hellfire—or gunfire. But Jarret’s kind of religion and Jarret himself are getting less and less popular these days. Both, it seems, are bad for business, bad for the U. S. Constitution, and bad for a large percentage of the population. They always have been, but now more and more people are willing to say so in public. The Crusaders have terrorized some people into silence, but they’ve just made others very angry.“
Source: Parable of the Talents (1998), Chapter 21 (p. 430)
„No one thought about what kind of society we were building with such stupid decisions. People who could afford to educate their children in private schools were glad to see the government finally stop wasting their tax money, educating other people’s children. They seemed to think they lived on Mars. They imagined that a country filled with poor, uneducated, unemployable people somehow wouldn’t hurt them!“
Source: Parable of the Talents (1998), Chapter 20 (p. 404)
„“I’ll tell you,” she said softly. “But you won’t like it.”
He looked away from her. “I asked for the truth. Whether I like it or not, I have to know.”“
Source: Patternmaster (1976), Chapter 6 (p. 717)
Irrational and blind,
Or fear looms,
Defiant and closed.
Source: Parable of the Talents (1998), Chapter 12 (p. 225)