Pearls of Wisdom From Science Fiction

No matter what we experience in life there is always someone who has shared a pearl of wisdom that we can apply. The same is true of our pandemic life today. Here are some pearls of wisdom from science fiction books and authors. 

A space shot of sunrise over the blue planet is in it's own way is one of the pearls of wisdom for pandemic life


At war

Or at peace,

More people die

Of unenlightened self-interest

Than of any other disease”

― Octavia Butler

Nobody dares to solve the problems-because the solution might contradict your philosophy, and for most people clinging to beliefs is more important than succeeding in the world.

― Michael Crichton, State of Fear

The monsters don’t live in the belly of the world like they all say. The monsters live inside of us. We make the monsters.

― Kameron Hurley, The Stars are Legion 

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.

― Frank Herbert,Chapterhouse: Dune

Arrogance and Conceit are the mother and father of a closed mind.

Richard Nance, “Journey of the Chosen”

Just as every villain imagines themselves a hero, few heroes see when they’ve become the villain.

― Nicholas Tana

Fire is catching!” I am shouting now, determined he will not miss a word of it, “And if we burnyou burn with us!

Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.

Isaac Asimov, Foundation

We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real,

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

I, for one, bet on science as helping us. I have yet to see how it fundamentally endangers us, even with the H-bomb lurking about. Science has given us more lives than it has taken; we must remember that.

—Philip K. Dick, The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings

You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity.

Robert A. Heinlein, The Green Hills of Earth

 “If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.”

Philip K. Dick

Now it’s your turn. Have you found a quote or quotes that give you some guidance or encouragement in this time? They don’t have to be science fiction pearls of wisdom for pandemic life. Add your quotes below. Let’s string a necklace of wisdom.

To Not-Mothers and Not-Standard Mothers

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. It’s good to celebrate Mothers. Mothers do a lot that is often unpleasant, unrecognized, and unrewarded. And yet… Mother’s Day is woefully narrow-minded. There are many mothers that don’t fit the “mold.” There are foster mothers, step-mothers, males who mother, mentors, friends, sisters. And then there are the not-mothers. The single women who want to be a mother but aren’t, the single women who choose not to be a mother, the women who cannot carry a pregnancy to term, or those mothers whose children have died untimely deaths. To not-mothers and not-standard mothers, I offer some reminders.

A joyful woman silhouetted against a sunset is a salute to not-mothers and not-standard mothers.

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou

Strong back.  Soft front. Wild heart. Just be you.

Brene Brown

“Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are.” Stephanie Lahart

I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.

Emma Stone

“There is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” Virginia Woolf

The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.

Oprah Winfrey

“Your life isn’t yours if you constantly care what others think.” Unknown

Never bend your head.

Always hold it high.

Look the world straight in the face.  


“You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it.” Hillary Clinton

“Find out who you are and be that person.”

Ellen Degeneres

“Stop waiting to find the light at the end of the tunnel and be the light for yourself.” Unknown

“Above all, be the heroine of your life. Not the victim.” 

Nora Ephron

So to not-mothers and not-standard mothers, treat yourself to something a little special today. Celebrate your not-mother or not-standard mother status. You are heroes and heroines in your own right. I see you.

Which Great Line Would Make You Read the Book?

Have you gone through your to-be-read (TBR) pile yet? Or do you look at your TBRs and find nothing that interests you right now? Here’s a collection of lines from various speculative fiction novels. Which great line would make you read the book?

Image of an open book with a pirate, pirate chest and boat springing to life from the pages-- a great line would make you read the book


“I have no mouth. And I must scream…”

― Harlan Ellison, I Have No Mouth and I MustScream


“Bees? Are you telling me we have space bees?”

― David Colello, Trillion Dollar Sky: Mission Cerex


“Jane woke, stretched, and decided to kill herself. If she hadn’t found a reason to live by the end of the day, she would jump from the rig. It felt good to have a plan.”

― Adam Baker, Outpost

Science Fiction

Beware of more powerful weapons. They often inflict as much damage to your soul as they do to you enemies.

― Greg Cox, The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh

“There was no escaping the screaming rats.”

― Jim L. Owens, The Neptune Bubble

I am a leg of the death tripod that will destroy our foes.

― Frank Herbert, Dune

“Damn it, no horizon should bend upward.”

Jan S. Gephardt, What’s Bred in the Bone

“What was I before the war? It’s hard to remember that far back. But I think maybe I was human.”

 A.J. Vega, Majesty’s Offspring

“What lies beyond the wormhole … is the devil incarnate.”

― Chris Burton, Alpha One: The Jump Pilot

When a Blood Wolf has its teeth out, it doesn’t take much to make it snap.

― Maura Milan, Ignite the Stars

Survival Stories

“Bellamy had come down from scanning the heavens only to find himself in the depths of hell.”

― Kass Morgan, The 100

Time Travel

The universe had just been upended. All of the pieces and places, the people and the particles, slid off a grand checkerboard and crashed into the ground, scattershot.

― M.K. Williams, The Infinite-Infinite

“The day they went to Chichén Itzá started no differently than any other day on vacation, yet Tony Solomon felt a numbing unease, the kind that sometimes came on when something bad was going to happen.

Jennette  Marie Powell, Time’s Enemy

Never tell a computer to forget it.

― Larry Niven, A World Out of Time

Epic Fantasy

“Nian hated climbing this mountain.”

Deleyna Marr, Dominion of Darkness


Freedom begins with one act of courage.

― J.O. Young, Freaks Episode 6 Uncaged

Paranormal Urban Fantasy

“I had evolved a year too soon, and it nearly broke me”

― Carlyle Labuschagne, The Broken Destiny


There are no affiliate links in this post. These quotes caught my attention. I thought maybe they’d catch yours too. If you’d like more reading recommendations check out my Going to Mars Word-by-Word book reviews and my own books, My Soul to Keep and Fellowship.

Happy Reading

I hope there’s at least one quote that intrigued you. Would you share which great line would make you read the book? If none of these do, please share one of your favorite lines from a book you’ve read.