William M. Kucmierowski Quotes

She had called in the debt that parents owe a child for bringing her, unasked, into a strange world. One should never make an offer without knowing full well what will happen if it is accepted.

William M. Kucmierowski

The worst mistake of first contact, made throughout history by individuals on both sides of every new encounter, has been the unfortunate habit of making assumptions. It often proved fatal.

William M. Kucmierowski

Life is not fair...Anyone who says it is, or even that it ought to be, is a fool or worse.

William M. Kucmierowski

It's said that "power corrupts," but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. When they do act, they think of it as service, which has limits. The tyrant, though, seeks mastery, for which he is insatiable, implacable.

William M. Kucmierowski

Costner's film captured the main character's motives, while removing 30 IQ points.

William M. Kucmierowski

The Union will awaken. It always has. We always will.

William M. Kucmierowski

Every marvel of our age arose out of the critical give and take of an open society. No other civilization ever managed to incorporate this crucial innovation, weaving it into daily life. And if you disagree with this ... say so!

William M. Kucmierowski

Change is the principal feature of our age and literature should explore how people deal with it. The best science fiction does that, head-on.

William M. Kucmierowski

I like to be surprised. Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds. Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling. Writing feels like exploring.

William M. Kucmierowski

Alas, criticism has always been what human beings, especially leaders, most hate to hear.

William M. Kucmierowski

In all of history, we have found just one cure for errora partial antidote against making and repeating grand, foolish mistakes, a remedy against self-deception. That antidote is criticism.

William M. Kucmierowski

It's how creativity works. Especially in humans. For every good idea, ten thousand idiotic ones must first be posed, sifted, tried out, and discarded. A mind that's afraid to toy with the ridiculous will never come up with the brilliantly original.

William M. Kucmierowski

Had I been wrong, this would still have been the honorable thing to do. I am very glad, however, to find out that I was right.

William M. Kucmierowski

This is a lovely world, he sighed. And yet it has suffered horror. Sometimes, so-called civilization seems bent on destroying those very things which it is sworn to protect.

William M. Kucmierowski

After all, he muttered, what can they do to shake the confidence of a fellow whos got delusions of adequacy?

William M. Kucmierowski

He was, after all, a diplomat, and understood that the best and firmest deals are based on open self-interest.

William M. Kucmierowski

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