Quotes by: Octavia E. Butler
|Octavia E. Butler
Butler signs a copy of Fledgling in October 2005.
||Octavia Estelle Butler
June 22, 1947
Pasadena, California, U.S.
||February 24, 2006
Lake Forest Park, Washington, U.S.
The lovely thing about writing is, well, two things. One, writing fiction allows us to bring an order to our lives that doesn't exist in real life. And two, it allows us to create human characters that we know better than we will ever know anyone in real life.
I pecked my stories out two-fingered on the Remington portable typewriter my mother had bought me. I had begged for it when I was ten.
Every story I write adds to me a little, changes me a little, forces me to reexamine an attitude or belief, causes me to research and learn, helps me to understand people and grow.
I think people really need to think what it's like to have all of society arrayed against you.
Several years ago, when I was about to start a novel, I thought I might get some mileage out of the idea of a civilization in which people somehow felt - that is, they shared - all the pain and all the pleasure they caused one another.
Tolerance, like any aspect of peace, is forever a work in progress, never completed, and, if we're as intelligent as we like to think we are, never abandoned.
Delusional pain hurts just as much as pain from actual trauma. So what if it's all in your head?
I think we need people with stronger ideals than John Kerry or Bill Clinton. I think we need people with more courage and vision.
As a black and as a woman, I didn't think that I would really want to live in any of the eras before this, because I would inevitably be worse off. I would have spent more time struggling just to prove I was human than doing my work.
Simple peck-order bullying is only the beginning of the kind of hierarchical behavior that can lead to racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, classism, and all the other 'isms' that cause so much suffering in the world.
I wanted to write a novel that would make others feel the history: the pain and fear that black people have had to live through in order to endure.
Religion is everywhere. There are no human societies without it, whether they acknowledge it as a religion or not.
Movies are extremely imitative of one another. Whatever works, people will try to do it.
I took classes taught by an elderly woman who wrote children's stories. She was polite about the science fiction and fantasy that I kept handing in, but she finally asked in exasperation, 'Can't you write anything normal?'
Most vampires I have discovered are men for some reason. I guess it's because of Dracula; people are kind of feeding off that.
I'm comfortably asocial - a hermit in the middle of a large city, a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist, a black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty and drive.