Spider Robinson Quotes

It is said that the pessimist sees mostly the overwhelming darkness of the tunnel, and the optimist sees mostly the tiny point of light that promises the end of it… whereas the realist understands that the light is probably an oncoming train. All three are shortsighted. The “real” realist knows the ultimate truth: that if […]

If a person who indulges in gluttony is a glutton, and a person who commits a felony is a felon, then God is an iron.

Information can’t be put in any container that isn’t leaky.

I’ve had that feeling all my life. I never heard anybody else call it that. A guardian idiot: a little invisible spirit just behind my shoulder, looking out for me… only he’s a complete imbecile.

All human beings with enough imagination to understand that they will die have an intolerable problem. They must reconcile themselves to extinction, or else work at something larger than themselves, something that will survive them. Their children, most often. The identity relationship between parent and child is direct, demonstrable, basic. Some are imaginative enough to […]

Then all at once, with the mercurial changeability of the magnificently smashed, he forgot he was angry at her. “You know,” he said conversationally, “it’s a long time indeed I been wonderin’ why your own folk ever gave up so gorgeous a name as The Colored – I don’t understand it, be dipped if I […]

I am no longer an atheist. I am an agnostic. By all means, hate dogma – but I advise you not to be dogmatic about it.

Art takes whatever – and as long as – it takes.