10 Quotes to Celebrate Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler’s work was deeply influential to the science fiction and fantasy genre, using it to present nuanced and complex ideas on humanity’s relationship to race and class issues.

On This Day

On this day in 1947, author Octavia E. Butler was born. Her work was deeply influential to the science fiction and fantasy genre, using it to present nuanced and complex ideas on humanity’s relationship to race and class issues. Here’s a list of quotes from some of her best work––hopefully it will inspire you to explore her work!

 

Octavia E. Butler
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“Better to stay alive,” I said. “At least while there’s a chance to get free.” “I thought of the sleeping pills in my bag and wondered just how great a hypocrite I was. It was so easy to advise other people to live with their pain.” – Kindred 

 

“Civilization is the way one’s own people live. Savagery is the way foreigners live.” – Wild Seed

 

“I’m trying to speak–to write-the truth. I’m trying to be clear. I’m not interested in being fancy, or even original. Clarity and truth will be plenty, if I can only achieve them.” – Parable of the Sower

 

“Kindness eases change. Love quiets fear.” – Parable of the Talents

 

“You are horror and beauty in rare combination.” – Lilith’s Brood

 

 

“Yes,” he said, “intelligence does enable you to deny facts you dislike. But your denial doesn’t matter.” – Dawn

 

“Is a pea cut in half one wounded thing or two?” – Adulthood Rites

 

“Humans said one thing with their bodies and another with their mouths and everyone had to spend time and energy figuring out what they really meant.” – Imago

 

“When your rage is choking you, it is best to say nothing.” – Fledgling

 

“There are easier ways to say these things,” it admitted. “But some things shouldn’t be said easily.” – Lilith’s Brood 

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