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.
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 burn, you 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.
Another great post! There are so many thought-provoking quotes here that are relevant for our lives.
Thank you, Terry. I’m glad you saw them the way I did. And I very much appreciate your support.