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71 Top Edgar Rice Burroughs Quotes

Famous As: Creator of Tarzan
Born On: September 1, 1875
Died On: March 19, 1950
Born In: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Founder / Co Founder: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Died At Age: 74

Edgar Rice Burroughs was an eminent American fiction writer. He is distinguished for his creative output in the science fiction, fantasy, and adventure genres. He wrote more than eighty novels. His best-known works include ‘Lord of the Jungle,’ ‘At the Earth’s Core,’ ‘Carson Napier of Venus,’ ‘Tarzan of the Apes,’ ‘The Land that Time Forgot,’ and ‘John Carter of Mars.’ In 2003, he was inducted in the ‘Science Fiction Hall of Fame.’ We have compiled Edgar Rice Burroughs quotes from his novels, books, stories, etc. Here are some selected Edgar Rice Burroughs quotes on people, escape, nature, foundation, judgement, stories, successful, odds, instant, statistics, atheist, lying, superstitions, criminals, weak, golf, fiction, etc.

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Am I alive and a reality, or am I but a dream?

Am I alive and a reality, or am I but a dream?

Edgar Rice Burroughs
In one respect at least the Martians are a happy people, they have no lawyers.

In one respect at least the Martians are a happy people, they have no lawyers.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
If I had followed my better judgment always, my life would have been a very dull one.

If I had followed my better judgment always, my life would have been a very dull one.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
The time has arrived when patience becomes a crime and mayhem appears garbed in a manner of virtue

The time has arrived when patience becomes a crime and mayhem appears garbed in a manner of virtue

Edgar Rice Burroughs
You are here for but an instant, and you mustn't take yourself too seriously

You are here for but an instant, and you mustn't take yourself too seriously

Edgar Rice Burroughs
A warrior may change his metal, but not his heart.

A warrior may change his metal, but not his heart.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
It is a characteristic of the weak and criminal to attribute to others the misfortunes that are the result of their own wickedness.

It is a characteristic of the weak and criminal to attribute to others the misfortunes that are the result of their own wickedness.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
For myself, I always assume that a lion is ferocious, and so I am never caught off my guard.

For myself, I always assume that a lion is ferocious, and so I am never caught off my guard.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Imagination is but another name for super intelligence.

Imagination is but another name for super intelligence.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
I got this story from someone who had no business in the telling of it.

I got this story from someone who had no business in the telling of it.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
I shall have to believe even though I cannot understand.

I shall have to believe even though I cannot understand.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Traveling through space is stupifyingly monotonous.

Traveling through space is stupifyingly monotonous.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Golf is a mental disorder.

Golf is a mental disorder.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Beast?

Beast?" Jane murmured. "Then God make me a beast; for, man or beast, I am yours.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
They say that none of us exists, except in the imagination of his fellows, other than as an intangible, invisible mentality.

They say that none of us exists, except in the imagination of his fellows, other than as an intangible, invisible mentality.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
I have discovered that the world over, unusual weather prevails at all times of the year.

I have discovered that the world over, unusual weather prevails at all times of the year.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
It must be that I am dreaming, and that I shall awaken in a moment to see that awful knife descending toward my heart- kiss me, dear, just once before I lose my dream forever.

It must be that I am dreaming, and that I shall awaken in a moment to see that awful knife descending toward my heart- kiss me, dear, just once before I lose my dream forever." -Jane-

Edgar Rice Burroughs
In that little party there was not one who would desert another; yet we were of different countries, different colours, different races, different religions--and one of us was of a different world.

In that little party there was not one who would desert another; yet we were of different countries, different colours, different races, different religions--and one of us was of a different world.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Mine own people do not care for me, John Carter; I am too unlike them. It is a sad fate, since I must live my life amongst them.

Mine own people do not care for me, John Carter; I am too unlike them. It is a sad fate, since I must live my life amongst them.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Exsistance is not the cure it is the problem

Exsistance is not the cure it is the problem

Edgar Rice Burroughs
There was but a single forlorn hope, and I took it.

There was but a single forlorn hope, and I took it.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Captain Billings,

Captain Billings," he drawled finally, "if you will pardon my candor, I might remark that you are something of an ass, don't you know.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
We are between the wild thoat of certainty and the mad zitidar of fact.

We are between the wild thoat of certainty and the mad zitidar of fact.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
When Tarzan killed he more often smiled than scowled, and smiles are the foundation of beauty.

When Tarzan killed he more often smiled than scowled, and smiles are the foundation of beauty.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Men were indeed more foolish and more cruel than the beasts of the jungle! How fortunate was he who lived in the peace and security of the great forest!

Men were indeed more foolish and more cruel than the beasts of the jungle! How fortunate was he who lived in the peace and security of the great forest!

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Teach me to speak the language of men.

Teach me to speak the language of men.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
I am a very old man. How old I do not know. It is possible I am a hundred, maybe more. I cannot tell because I have never aged as other men do.

I am a very old man. How old I do not know. It is possible I am a hundred, maybe more. I cannot tell because I have never aged as other men do.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
The more one knows of one's religion the less one believes - no one living knows more of mine than I.

The more one knows of one's religion the less one believes - no one living knows more of mine than I.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
...those features are burned so deep into my memory and my heart that I should recognize them anywhere in the world from among a thousand others, who might appear identical to any one but me.

...those features are burned so deep into my memory and my heart that I should recognize them anywhere in the world from among a thousand others, who might appear identical to any one but me.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
He longed for the little cabin and the sun-kissed sea - for the cool interior of the well-built house, and for the never-ending wonders of the many books.

He longed for the little cabin and the sun-kissed sea - for the cool interior of the well-built house, and for the never-ending wonders of the many books.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
My mind is evidently so constituted that I am subconsciously forced into the path of duty without recourse to tiresome mental processes.

My mind is evidently so constituted that I am subconsciously forced into the path of duty without recourse to tiresome mental processes.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
...my civilization is not even skin deep - it does not go deeper than my clothes.

...my civilization is not even skin deep - it does not go deeper than my clothes.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
I understand that you belittle all sentiments of generosity and kindness, but I do not, and I can convince your most doughty warrior that these characteristics are not incompatible with an ability to fight.

I understand that you belittle all sentiments of generosity and kindness, but I do not, and I can convince your most doughty warrior that these characteristics are not incompatible with an ability to fight.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Whatever I may do to serve you will be prompted solely from selfish motives, since it gives me more pleasure to serve you than not.

Whatever I may do to serve you will be prompted solely from selfish motives, since it gives me more pleasure to serve you than not.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
I feel always that I am a prisoner.

I feel always that I am a prisoner.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
And so he learned to read. From then on his progress was rapid.

And so he learned to read. From then on his progress was rapid.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
...it was his misfortune that most of the men he knew preferred immaculate linen and their clubs to nakedness and the jungle. It was, of course, difficult to understand, yet it was very evident that they did.

...it was his misfortune that most of the men he knew preferred immaculate linen and their clubs to nakedness and the jungle. It was, of course, difficult to understand, yet it was very evident that they did.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
... but life would be very miserable indeed were I to spend it in terror of the thing that has not yet happened.

... but life would be very miserable indeed were I to spend it in terror of the thing that has not yet happened.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
If people were paid for writing rot such as I read in some of those magazines that I could write stories just as rotten.

If people were paid for writing rot such as I read in some of those magazines that I could write stories just as rotten.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Even brave men, and D'Arnot was a brave man, are sometimes frightened by solitude.

Even brave men, and D'Arnot was a brave man, are sometimes frightened by solitude.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
He was a mighty beast, mightily muscled, and the urge that has made males fight since the dawn of life on earth filled him with the blood-lust and the thirst to slay;

He was a mighty beast, mightily muscled, and the urge that has made males fight since the dawn of life on earth filled him with the blood-lust and the thirst to slay;

Edgar Rice Burroughs
I had had to discard my rifle

I had had to discard my rifle

Edgar Rice Burroughs
To lose the only creature in all his world who ever had manifested love and affection for him was the greatest tragedy he had ever known.

To lose the only creature in all his world who ever had manifested love and affection for him was the greatest tragedy he had ever known.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
And yet I feel that I cannot go on living forever;

And yet I feel that I cannot go on living forever;

Edgar Rice Burroughs
To Jane the strange apparition of this god-like man was as wine to sick nerves.

To Jane the strange apparition of this god-like man was as wine to sick nerves.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
From a lofty perch Tarzan viewed the village of thatched huts across the intervening plantation.

From a lofty perch Tarzan viewed the village of thatched huts across the intervening plantation.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Why, I never did believe it,

Why, I never did believe it,

Edgar Rice Burroughs
The lion was quite close to him now—but a few paces intervened—he crouched, and then, with a deafening roar, he sprang.

The lion was quite close to him now—but a few paces intervened—he crouched, and then, with a deafening roar, he sprang.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
There is much which I have left out; much which I have not dared to tell; but you will find the story of his second search for Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, even more remarkable than was his first

There is much which I have left out; much which I have not dared to tell; but you will find the story of his second search for Dejah Thoris, Princess of Helium, even more remarkable than was his first

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Twenty years have intervened; for ten of them I lived and fought for Dejah Thoris and her people, and for ten I have lived upon her memory.

Twenty years have intervened; for ten of them I lived and fought for Dejah Thoris and her people, and for ten I have lived upon her memory.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
P33- the wail of the living had answered the call of universal motherhood within her wild beast which the dead could not still.

P33- the wail of the living had answered the call of universal motherhood within her wild beast which the dead could not still.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
There was one slight, desperate chance, and that I decided I must take--it was for Dejah Thoris, and no man has lived who would not risk a thousand deaths for such as she.

There was one slight, desperate chance, and that I decided I must take--it was for Dejah Thoris, and no man has lived who would not risk a thousand deaths for such as she.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
And could she love where she feared?

And could she love where she feared?

Edgar Rice Burroughs
The scene he witnessed there in the twilight depths of the African jungle was burned forever into the Englishman's brain.

The scene he witnessed there in the twilight depths of the African jungle was burned forever into the Englishman's brain.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Resurrection

Resurrection

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Those who know say that the most painful punishment that can be inflicted upon an adult male, short of injuring him, is a good, old fashioned shaking.

Those who know say that the most painful punishment that can be inflicted upon an adult male, short of injuring him, is a good, old fashioned shaking.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Waking or sleeping, it seemed that she constantly saw that dark body dropping, swift and silent, into the cold, grim sea.

Waking or sleeping, it seemed that she constantly saw that dark body dropping, swift and silent, into the cold, grim sea.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
(..)how a force of six or eight fighting men could have done so unobserved is beyond me. We shall soon know, however, for here comes the royal psychologist.

(..)how a force of six or eight fighting men could have done so unobserved is beyond me. We shall soon know, however, for here comes the royal psychologist.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tut, tut! I have often admonished my pupils to count ten before speaking. Were I you, Mr. Philander, I should count at least a thousand, and then maintain a discreet silence.

Tut, tut! I have often admonished my pupils to count ten before speaking. Were I you, Mr. Philander, I should count at least a thousand, and then maintain a discreet silence.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
For an instant I was dumbfounded.

For an instant I was dumbfounded.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
I fear that there is something more serious than accident here, Mr. Brently,

I fear that there is something more serious than accident here, Mr. Brently," said the captain.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Give a Martian woman a chance and death must take a back seat.

Give a Martian woman a chance and death must take a back seat.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
The path of the mighty beast was guided telepathically by the two people who sat in a huge saddle that was cinched to the thoat's broad back.

The path of the mighty beast was guided telepathically by the two people who sat in a huge saddle that was cinched to the thoat's broad back.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
And what difference does it make, anyway, what you like and what you don't like? You are here for but an instant, and you mustn't take yourself too seriously.

And what difference does it make, anyway, what you like and what you don't like? You are here for but an instant, and you mustn't take yourself too seriously.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Captain Billings,

Captain Billings," he drawled finally, "if you will pardon my candor, I might remark that you are something of an ass.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
I wish to Heaven that I might forget. It would be so much easier than to go through life always remembering what might have been.

I wish to Heaven that I might forget. It would be so much easier than to go through life always remembering what might have been.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
I have ever been prone to seek adventure and to investigate and experiment where wiser men would have left well enough alone.

I have ever been prone to seek adventure and to investigate and experiment where wiser men would have left well enough alone.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Bowen!

Bowen!" she cried. "Your knife!

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Kho closed and sought my jugular with his teeth. He seemed to forget the hatchet dangling by

Kho closed and sought my jugular with his teeth. He seemed to forget the hatchet dangling by

Edgar Rice Burroughs
[...] smiles are the foundation of beauty.

[...] smiles are the foundation of beauty.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
[..] it has remained for man alone among all creatures to kill senselessly and wantonly for the mere pleasure of inflicting suffering and death.

[..] it has remained for man alone among all creatures to kill senselessly and wantonly for the mere pleasure of inflicting suffering and death.

Edgar Rice Burroughs