Quotes from This Immortal

Roger Zelazny ·  216 pages

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“There's really nothing quite like someone's wanting you dead to make you want to go on living.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“Love is a negative form of hatred.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“I've always been impulsive. My thinking is usually pretty good, but I always seem to do it after I do my talking — by which time I've generally destroyed all basis for further conversation.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“The death of an illusion tends to disconcert.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“P.S. I still dunno if it's art. Go to Hell yourself. ”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal



“Your woman is gone and your heart is heavy. Words will not lighten the weight, and what is written is written. But let it also be put down that I grieve with you. ~Hasan~”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“He spent the last second of his life screaming, as the force of Bortan's leap pulped him against the ground, before his head was snatched from his shoulders.
My hellhound had arrived.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“Nothing is cheaper than past glories.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“Far below, the ocean was a bluegray rug being pulled out from beneath us.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“I’ve always been impulsive. My thinking is usually pretty good, but I always seem to do it after I do my talking—by which time I’ve generally destroyed all basis for further conversation.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal



“I’m all right now,” I said, “but leave me alone. I’m going down to the river to bathe.” I took seven steps, and then someone must have pulled out the plug, because I gurgled, everything swirled, and the world ran away down the drain.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“I’ve always been impulsive. My thinking is usually pretty good, but I always seem to do it after I do my talking—by”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“we avoided their swarms by putting one foot in front of another without pause and making noises of our own. We didn’t step on anybody who squashed.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“Dress Blacks mag-bind down the sides, leaving a smooth front whereon is displayed a green-blue-gray-white Earth insignia, about three inches in diameter, high up on the left breast; below, the symbol for one’s department is worn, followed by the rank-sigil; on the right side goes every blessed bit of chicken manure that can be dreamt up to fake dignity—this, by the highly imaginative Office of Awards, Furbishments, Insig-niae, Symbols and Heraldry (OAFISH, for short—its first Director appreciated his position).”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“As for the rest of him, his function is rather like that of an anti-computer: you feed him all kinds of carefully garnered facts, figures, and statistics and he translates them into garbage.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal



“So feathers or lead?” I asked him. “Pardon?” “It is the riddle of the kallikanzaros. Pick one.” “Feathers?” “You’re wrong.” “If I had said lead’ . . .?” “Uh-uh. You only have one chance. The correct answer is whatever the kallikanzaros wants it to be. You lose.” “That sounds a bit arbitrary.” “Kallikanzaroi are that way. It’s Greek, rather than Oriental subtlety. Less inscrutable, too. Because your life often depends on the answer, and the kallikanzaros generally wants you to lose.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


“And then the night wind, cool through arches of the years, came hounding after me.”
― Roger Zelazny, quote from This Immortal


About the author

Roger Zelazny
Born place: in Euclid, Ohio, The United States
Born date May 13, 1937
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