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Alan Lightman quotes and sayings

Physicist | Born: November 28, 1948
Alan Lightman motivational quote : If you over-plot your book you strangle your characters. Your characters have to have enough freedom and life to be able to surprise you.
Alan Lightman motivational quote : As a scientist, I don't believe science will ever discover whether God exists. Nor do I believe religion will ever prove it.
Alan Lightman motivational quote : Events, once happened, lose reality, alter with a glance, a storm, a night. In time, the past never happened. But who could know? Who could know that the past is not as solid as this instant.
Alan Lightman motivational quote : I should have written books instead of reading them.
Alan Lightman motivational quote : I wouldn't overall say that "The Diagnosis" is a funny book. I would say that it has comic moments. It's a modern tragedy.
Alan Lightman motivational quote : The target of power is more interesting than its quantity.
Alan Lightman motivational quote : Franz Kafka is an idea person. His books begin and end in ideas. Ideas have always been important to me in my writing. To the point that I have to be careful that they don't take over.
Alan Lightman motivational quote : I would think that you are more fluent with the rational. It has its appeal. But the irrational permits a greater exercise of... shall we say, power.
Alan Lightman motivational quote : Time is a rigid, bonelike structure, extending infinitely ahead and behind, fossilizing the future as well as the past.
Alan Lightman motivational quote : In fiction writing, I would say there are several different strands that have been woven through my own writing, and each influenced by a different group of writers.
Alan Lightman motivational quote : I have too many friends who tell me that they spend the first hour of every morning going through their e-mail messages. I'd like to use my time more carefully.
Alan Lightman motivational quote : In a world in which time is a circle, every handshake, every kiss, every birth, every word, will be repeated precisely.