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“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.”
Octavia Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“Positive obsession is about not being able to stop just because you’re afraid and full of doubts. Positive obsession is dangerous. It’s about not being able to stop at all.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“Shyness is shit. It isn’t cute or feminine or appealing. It’s torment, and it’s shit.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“If you work hard enough at something that doesn't matter, you can forget for a while about the things that do.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“Read every day and learn from what you read.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“I'm Valerie Rye,' she said, savoring the words. 'It's all right for you to talk to me.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“What are you?" I whispered."What are we to you?"

She lay still, rested her head on her topmost coil. "You know me as no other does," she said softly. "You must decide.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“Was an eternity of absolute ease just another name for hell?”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“At its best, science fiction stimulates imagination and creativity. It gets reader and writer off the beaten track, off the narrow, narrow footpath of what "everyone" is saying, doing thinking - whoever "everyone" happens to be this year.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“When I was older, I decided that getting a rejection slip was like being told your child was ugly. You got mad and didn’t believe a word of it. Besides, look at all the really ugly literary children out there in the world being published and doing fine!”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“There seems to be an unwritten rule, hurtful and at odds with the realities of American culture. It says you aren't supposed to wonder whether as a Black person, a Black woman, you really might be inferior––not quite bright enough, not quite quick enough to do the things you want to do. Though, of course, you do wonder. You're supposed to know you're as good as anyone. And if you don't know, you aren't supposed to admit it. If anyone near you admits it, you're supposed to reassure them quickly so they'll shut up. That sort of talk is embarrassing. Act tough and confident and don't talk about your doubts. If you never deal with them, you may never get rid of them, but no matter. Fake everyone out. Even yourself.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“What good is science fiction’s thinking about the present, the future, and the past? What good is its tendency to warn or to consider alternative ways of thinking and doing? What good is its examination of the possible effects of science and technology, or social organization and political direction? At its best, science fiction stimulates imagination and creativity. It gets reader and writer off the beaten track, off the narrow, narrow footpath of what “everyone” is saying, doing, thinking—whoever “everyone” happens to be this year.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“It’s too easy to follow bad but attractive leaders, embrace pleasurable but destructive habits, ignore looming disaster because maybe it won’t happen after all—or maybe it will only happen to other people. That kind of thinking is part of what it means to be adolescent.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“Vocabulary and grammar are your primary tools. They're most effectively used, even most effectively abused, by people who understand them.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
“As habit is more dependable than inspiration, continued learning is more dependable than talent.”
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories