October 2: From the Movies

October 2
From the Movies

The world needs ditch diggers, too.
~Judge Smalls (Ted Knight), Caddyshack (1980)

Running a casino is like robbing a bank with no cops around. For guys like me, Las Vegas washes away your sins. It’s like a morality car wash.
~Ace Rothstein, Casino (1995)

Danny: There’s a 95-pound Chinese man with a 160 million dollars behind this door.
Linus: Let’s get him out.
~Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

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October 2: Science Fiction Writers

October 2
Science Fiction Writers

In real life, the hardest aspect of the battle between good and evil is determining which is which.
~George R. R. Martin, interview with Infinity Plus (February 2001)

There are many different kinds of writers. I like to use the analogy of architects and gardeners. There are some writers who are architects, and they plan everything, they blueprint everything, and they know before the drive the first nail into the first board what the house is going to look like and where all the closets are going to be, where the plumbing is going to run, and everything is figured out on the blueprints before they actually begin any work whatsoever. And then there are gardeners who dig a little hole and drop a seed in and water it with their blood and see what comes up, and sort of shape it. They sort of know what seed they’ve planted — whether it’s an oak or an elm, or a horror story or a science fiction story, but they don’t how big it’s going to be, or what shape it’s going to take. I am much more a gardener than an architect.
~George R. R. Martin, audio interview with Geekson in Episode 54, (4 August 2006)

My reading of history has shown me that simply “being a good man” is not enough. That there are many kings who are good men and yet bad kings. And even good kings sometimes make disastrous decisions. So government is complex, politics is complex.
~George R. R. Martin, on a panel with R. Scott Bakker in Semana Negra, Spain (2008)[

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