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9 Quotes to Octavia Butler Quotes to Set Your Mind Alight

June 22nd marks the day that the late and great African-American science fiction writer, Octavia E. Butler, would’ve turned seventy-one. She began writing sci-fi stories as a shy teen and found her creative outlet every time she picked up a pen. Her career began to take off as she sold her first stories in the late ‘70s and was able to become a writer full time.


Her award-winning work made an impact on all who read it and today reminds us of how much an author like her is missed. Here are nine other-worldly quotes by the fantastic Octavia Butler.



1. “In order to rise
From its own ashes
A phoenix


2. “All that you touch
You Change.
All that you Change
Changes you.
The only lasting truth
is Change.
is Change.”


3. “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice.”


4. “People have the right to call themselves whatever they like. That doesn’t bother me. It’s other people doing the calling that bothers me.”


5. “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it.
That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”


6. “I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.”


7. “I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.”


8. “He was like me – a kindred spirit crazy enough to keep on trying.”


9. “If you want a thing–truly want it, want it so badly that you need it as you need air to breathe, then unless you die, you will have it. Why not? It has you. There is no escape. What a cruel and terrible thing escape would be if escape were possible”





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