Influences Quotes

Quotes tagged as "influences" (showing 1-30 of 36)
E.A. Bucchianeri
“Evil influence is like a nicotine patch, you cannot help but absorb what sticks to you.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

E.A. Bucchianeri
“If you are what you eat, you are what you see and hear.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Lailah Gifty Akita
“It is better to dwell on the beautiful things in life than the negative.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Charles de Lint
“Having to amuse myself during those earlier years, I read voraciously and widely. Mythic matter and folklore made up much of that reading—retellings of the old stories (Mallory, White, Briggs), anecdotal collections and historical investigations of the stories' backgrounds—and then I stumbled upon the Tolkien books which took me back to Lord Dunsany, William Morris, James Branch Cabell, E.R. Eddison, Mervyn Peake and the like. I was in heaven when Lin Carter began the Unicorn imprint for Ballantine and scoured the other publishers for similar good finds, delighting when I discovered someone like Thomas Burnett Swann, who still remains a favourite.

This was before there was such a thing as a fantasy genre, when you'd be lucky to have one fantasy book published in a month, little say the hundreds per year we have now. I also found myself reading Robert E. Howard (the Cormac and Bran mac Morn books were my favourites), Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and finally started reading science fiction after coming across Andre Norton's Huon of the Horn. That book wasn't sf, but when I went to read more by her, I discovered everything else was. So I tried a few and that led me to Clifford Simak, Roger Zelazny and any number of other fine sf writers.

These days my reading tastes remain eclectic, as you might know if you've been following my monthly book review column in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. I'm as likely to read Basil Johnston as Stephen King, Jeanette Winterson as Harlan Ellison, Barbara Kingsolver as Patricia McKillip, Andrew Vachss as Parke Godwin—in short, my criteria is that the book must be good; what publisher's slot it fits into makes absolutely no difference to me.”
Charles de Lint

George Eliot
“For there is no creature whose inward being is so strong that it is not greatly determined by what lies outside it.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Dan Pearce
“Who do you want to surround yourself with? People who can pull you up to their level of greatness? Or people who will happily pull you down to theirs?”
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

Alan  Lee
“When I started to draw, most of my influences were from other painters and illustrators, so I was drawing landscape at second hand, really. The trees were Rackham trees, or trees that I had seen in paintings rather than from my own observation...and I started to feel this was a real lack in my work. Everything was too generalised, and not based on real experience. Then in 1975, after having worked for some years in London as a book cover illustrator mainly, I came down to Devon and stayed with some friends up on the moor. In the course of this one weekend, wandering around the moor, finding rivers and ancient woods, I realised that everything that I would ever want to draw was actually here. There was so much richness in the texture and forms of these fantastic trees...and I decided in the course of that weekend to come and live here. I looked at a couple of houses, found one, and made an offer on it, all in that one weekend!”
Alan Lee

Ariel Gordon
“Most everything influences my work. Working in a used bookstore. Going for walks in the woods and peering at mushrooms. Writing reviews. Coming from frumpy, grumpy, faded-at-the-knees Winnipeg.”
Ariel Gordon

“I've been very influenced by folklore, fairy tales, and folk ballads, so I love all the classic works based on these things -- like George Macdonald's 19th century fairy stories, the fairy poetry of W.B. Yeats, and Sylvia Townsend Warner's splendid book The Kingdoms of Elfin. (I think that particular book of hers wasn't published until the 1970s, not long before her death, but she was an English writer popular in the middle decades of the 20th century.)

I'm also a big Pre-Raphaelite fan, so I love William Morris' early fantasy novels.

Oh, and "Lud-in-the-Mist" by Hope Mirrlees (Neil Gaiman is a big fan of that one too), and I could go on and on but I won't!”
Terri Windling

Bryant McGill
“Every person's true identity is beautiful, and much of the ugliness we observe in others was put inside of them by external influences.”
Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

“I see, I see! From association Messala, in boyhood, was almost a Jew; had he remained here, he might have become a proselyte, so much do we all borrow from the influences that ripen our lives; but the years in Rome have been too much for him. I do not wonder at the change; yet”--her voice fell--“he might have dealt tenderly at least with you. It is a hard, cruel nature which in youth can forget its first loves.”
Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Lailah Gifty Akita
“What you think of is what you will attract to your life.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

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He knows that if his father had been a different man, or his mother another women, he would have been the same.

 He would have lived all his years the same way. They played no part. Any combination would have produced the same result. The same man.
”
R.A.Lucas

Michael Byers
“Our lives intersect and interfere and there is no telling where certain beauties might come from. Some song in her heart where otherwise there wouldn't have been one and in Sarah's too passed on down.”
Michael Byers, Percival's Planet

“The sort of people that we become is, in large part, determined by the voices that we choose to listen to. Truly, we do not have a choice of listening versus not listening. We all obey certain voices, and thus the question is not “Will I listen?” but “Which voices will I listen to?” But it is not only a matter of choosing to listen to good voices over bad ones. If only it were as simple as the proverbial whispering angel and devil on our shoulders. It is also a matter of whether we will choose to listen to different voices, voices that don’t sound the same as our own. Will we listen to the voices of different cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds and beliefs? Will we listen to the voices that unsettle us and might make us feel anxious or guilty? If we choose to listen only to voices that echo our own, we will be limited in our growth and stunted in our spirituality. Choosing to tune in to only one or two stations may be comfortable, but it is not transformative. The voices we want to hear are not always the same as the voices we need to hear.”
Adam McHugh

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Negative mindset, negative lifestyle”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Richelle E. Goodrich
“I'm generally quite happy until someone tells me I'm not. I don't see how they know I'm not, but suddenly I feel less happy.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes

“The ambiance of every environment in a country is the value system of the given nation. It is that culture that influences how citizens of a nation react, respond and behave among themselves in regards to politics, commerce, family and social life.”
Sunday Adelaja

Jason Versey
“Life is about choices. Choose your influences carefully. Be selective of everything you see, hear, read, and say. The very things we constantly surround ourselves with... we become. Reevaluate your influences your very life depends on it." ~Jason Versey”
Jason Versey

“The knowledge of God that a person has, influences not only his own life, but also the lives of his children.”
Sunday Adelaja

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“All selling should spring from service”
Rasheed Ogunlaru, Soul Trader: Putting the Heart Back into Your Business

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Positive action, positive impart.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“Everyone who is a comedian or an actor or a musician have many people who influenced them. They in turn influence others. It is a great thing that is handed down. We need to know our history because our art is created from the re-imaginings from our minds with the seeds of the greats who combined as a potpourri in our heads to create something new. You can see it in my stand up. You can hear it in the music of today”
Johnny Corn

Steven Redhead
“Life is too short to surrender as a matter of course to external influences.”
Steven Redhead, Life Is A Cocktail

Steven Redhead
“Be mindful of all the outside influences that are competing for attention.”
Steven Redhead, Life Is A Cocktail

Garry Fitchett
“It has been said that, 'A drop of ink can make a thousand people think'. But, one 'think' can make a thousand drops of ink. So what comes first? The 'think' or the 'ink'. Either way - the ink is in the think and the think is in the ink.”
Garry Fitchett

“History leaves a trail, which if we are determined enough, shall lead us to where our influences were in their infancy.”
Anthony T.Hincks

“We are just a people that have refused to improve with the times. Quick to copy the western world in a lot of things but have never been able to copy their DECENCY in civil matters.”
Chukuwuneta Oby

Stewart Stafford
“All great achievements are the product of absorbing, blending and surpassing one’s influences. Nevertheless, it is important to acknowledge the passing of the torch of inspiration from those who have gone before.”
Stewart Stafford

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