Happy Birthday, Stephen R. Donaldson, born 13 May 1947
- I respect my limitations, but I don’t use them as an excuse.
- Everything dies, from the smallest blade of grass to the biggest galaxy.
- We need metaphors of magic and monsters in order to understand the human condition.
- There is no life which does not possess its own importance, no life which may not be touched by greatness at any time.
- Any belief that puts itself beyond doubt nurtures its own collapse.
- Futility is the defining characteristic of life. Pain is proof of existence.
- I can’t write at all unless I know two things about the story in front of me: where I’m going (the eventual climax of the story, my reason for telling it), and the general shape of the path to that destination.
- I don’t decide to write a story and then go looking for an idea. I only write a story because I have an idea.
- With every new project I’ve tackled, I’ve raised my sights. And I’ve pushed myself in unfamiliar directions, even when the effort has been acutely uncomfortable. If I haven’t made myself a better writer, I should probably pack up my tents and go home.
Stephen R. Donaldson is an American fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novelist. He is most famous for his ten-novel fantasy series, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, which began with Lord Foul’s Bane.