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Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.

Octavia E. Butler

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.

Octavia E. Butler

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.

Octavia E. Butler

Not everyone has been a bully or the victim of bullies, but everyone has seen bullying, and seeing it, has responded to it by joining in or objecting, by laughing or keeping silent, by feeling disgusted or feeling interested.

Octavia E. Butler

Beware, all too often we say what we hear others say. We think what we are told that we think. We see what we are permitted to see. Worse, we see what we are told that we see.

Octavia E. Butler

Part of my joy of posting these quotes is not the quotes themselves, but the investigation of who this person is. In this case, Octavia E. Butler is one of America’s Science Fiction Writers. I’ll let you read more at this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavia_E._Butler

This is yet another fascinating story of someone I never knew before. I hope you enjoyed these quotes. Have a great Wednesday!

Until next time…

Dave