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Harlan Ellison


American author and media critic.
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Harlan Ellison
Now he had form and substance.
He had become a personality, something they had filtered out of the system many decades ago. But there it was, and there he was, a very definitely imposing personality. In certain circles ó middle-class circles ó it was thought disgusting. Vulgar ostentation. Anarchistic. Shameful.
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"Hey, gang!" I squeaked in my terrifically accurate Mickey voice. "Everybody ready to shoot the ultimate Disney flick? The film that rips the lid off the goody two-shoes hypocrisy that lies sweltering beneath the surface of G-rated true-life adventures? Okay, you guys, let's get that hand-held Arriflex right down there between Minnie's legs! I wanna see closeups of quivering labia!"
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Everybody has opinions: I have them, you have them. And we are all told from the moment we open our eyes, that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Well, thatís horsepuckey, of course. We are not entitled to our opinions; we are entitled to our informed opinions. Without research, without background, without understanding, itís nothing. Itís just bibble-babble. Itís like a fart in a wind tunnel, folks.




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Heaven began to run at the edges.
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Harlan is a giant among men in courage, pugnacity, loquacity, wit, charm, intelligence ó indeed in everything but height.
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You can live in your dreams, but only if you are worthy of them.
Harlan Ellison
Iíve been on my own since I was 13. I grew up having to use my wits. My parents were not wealthy. We werenít poor, but we had a lot of meals with noodles. I was born during the Depression.  My parents died pretty much penniless. Every dollar Iíve ever made I earned myself. I donít believe in luck. Louis Pasteur said, "Chance favors the prepared mind." The smarter you are, the more you know, the better. I was the only Jew in town and I was my generationís Bart Simpson. I knew the world could be mine.
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Christmas is an awfulness that compares favorably with the great London plague and fire of 1665-66. No one escapes the feelings of mortal dejection, inadequacy, frustration, loneliness, guilt and pity. No one escapes feeling used by society, by religion, by friends and relatives, by the utterly artifical responsiblities of extending false greetings, sending banal cards, reciprocating unsolicited gifts, going to dull parties, putting up with acquaintances and family one avoids all the rest of the year...in short, of being brutalized by a 'holiday' that has lost virtually all of its original meanings and has become a merchandising ploy for color tv set manufacturers and ravagers of the woodlands.
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I go to bed angry every night, I wake up angry every morning. There are certain injustices in this life youíve got to do something about. You canít just say that you canít fight it, or itís too much trouble, or that you donít have the time or the effort, or that you canít win. Forget all that. Fight them all! I fight them all because you never know which one is the big one. You never know which you give up and then it will come back and bite you in the ass. You never look away from a mountain lion, you lock eyes and you donít let him get behind you.
Ellison Harlan
What he wrote was this: The great tragedy of my life is that in my search for the Holy Grail everyone calls True Love, I see myself as Zorro, a romantic and mysterious highwayman ó and the women I desire see me as Porky Pig.
Harlan Ellison
My philosophy of life is that the meek shall inherit nothing but debasement, frustration and ignoble deaths; that there is security in personal strength; that you can fight City Hall and win; that any action is better than no action, even if it's the wrong action; that you never reach glory or self-fulfillment unless you're willing to risk everything, dare anything, put yourself dead on the line every time; and that once one becomes strong or rich or potent or powerful it is the responsibility of the strong to help the weak become strong.




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