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A collection of quotes and sayings by Harlan Ellison on writing, thoughts, ignorant, Disney, books, short-stories, mouth, entitled, universe, stupidity, love, hate and sex.

36 Motivational Quotes By Harlan Ellison For Sci-Fi Geeks

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Famous As: Writer

Born On: May 27, 1934

Born In: Cleveland

Harlan Ellison is an illustrious American writer, novelist and essayist considered as one of the most eminent writers ever in the genre of speculative fiction. Renowned for his short stories, the creative writer has also expressed his thoughts, opinions and views on subjects close to his heart through essays, screenplays, teleplays, novellas and comic book scripts. He has also been an anthologist and editor for ‘Dangerous Visions’ and ‘Again, Dangerous Vision’ which are two science fiction anthologies. He has also bagged in a number of awards and accolades including ‘Edgars’, ‘Hugos’ and ‘Nebulas’. We have accumulated some notable quotes and sayings by the science fiction and fantasy author which have been excerpted from his writings, novels, books, essays, interviews, public utterances and life. Presenting some famous quotable quotes and thoughts by Harlan Ellison on thinking, God, belief, straight, scream, ignorance, funny, tunnels, wind, stupid, world, imbeciles, powerful, philosophy, stars, war, memories etc.
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You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.

Harlan Ellison

The ability to dream is all I have to give. That is my responsibility; that is my burden. And even I grow tired.

Harlan Ellison

The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.

Harlan Ellison

I don't mind you thinking I'm stupid, but don't talk to me like I'm stupid

Harlan Ellison

The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.

Harlan Ellison

Don't start an argument with somebody who has a microphone when you don't. They'll make you look like chopped liver.

Harlan Ellison

The world is turning into a cesspool of imbeciles.

Harlan Ellison

You must never be afraid to go there.

Harlan Ellison

I will use big words from time to time, the meanings of which I may only vaguely perceive, in hopes such cupidity will send you scampering to your dictionary: I will call such behavior 'public service'.

Harlan Ellison

Now begin in the middle, and later learn the beginning; the end will take care of itself.

Harlan Ellison

In these days of widespread illiteracy, functional illiteracy... anything that keeps people stupid is a felony.

Harlan Ellison

They minute people fall in love they become liars.

Harlan Ellison

Get a day job, make your money from that, and write to please yourself.

Harlan Ellison

K is for "Kenghis Khan"; He was a very nice person. History has no record of him. There is a moral in that, somewhere.

Harlan Ellison

Be careful of monsters with teeth

Harlan Ellison

To say more is to say less.

Harlan Ellison

Thus, from admiration of one wise and innocent child, and from a misheard remark, the process that not even Aristotle could codify was triggered. Where do you get your ideas? I purposely mishear things.

Harlan Ellison

Repent, Harlequin," said the Ticktock Man. "Get stuffed," the Harlequin replied.

Harlan Ellison

In my ugly, elitist opinion we are not all entitled to voice our opinions, we are entitled to pass along our informed opinions.

Harlan Ellison

I can't picture in my mind three hundred and sixty thousand dollars... When I think of it, all I can see in my mind is a big nickel.

Harlan Ellison

Writing a novel is like going a great distance to take a small shit.

Harlan Ellison

The only thing worth writing about is people. People. Human beings. Men and women whose individuality must be created, line by line, insight by insight.

Harlan Ellison

Posing the question: does the god of love use underarm deodorant, vaginal spray and fluoride toothpaste?

Harlan Ellison

Possibly the only dismaying aspect of excellence is that it makes living in a world of mediocrity an ongoing prospect of living hell.

Harlan Ellison

Who wants a library full of books you've already read?

Harlan Ellison

Because the chief commodity a writer has to sell is his courage. And if he has none, he is more than a coward. He is a sellout and a fink and a heretic, because writing is a holy chore.

Harlan Ellison

Gods can do anything. They fear nothing: they are gods. There is one rule, one Seal of Solomon that can confound a god, and to which all gods pay service, to the letter: when belief in a god dies, the god dies.

Harlan Ellison

Love ain't nothing but sex misspelled.

Harlan Ellison

Then he said the truest thing about their relationship. He said, "We didn't really fall in love. What we did was collide at the intersection of your life and mine.

Harlan Ellison

The city lay cool and dim beneath a vaulting sky of high-scudding gray clouds. A gray shroud that covered the corpses of buildings, stiff in brick-and-steel rigor mortis, pale in their eternity of sooty death.

Harlan Ellison

If you put your hand in my pocket, you’ll drag back six inches of bloody stump.

Harlan Ellison

The minute people fall in love they become liars.

Harlan Ellison

She thinks we were all killed when they made the Great Sweep, but I escaped in the mud.

Harlan Ellison

They are stories I wrote because my friends are gone, a lot of them, and if you can’t be angry about it, how the hell much did you care to begin with?

Harlan Ellison

The machine masturbated and we had to take it or die.

Harlan Ellison

There are some people who just shouldn't be allowed to fool around with love.

Harlan Ellison