"Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Theodore Sturgeon on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Theodore Sturgeon on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Theodore Sturgeon on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Theodore Sturgeon on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Theodore Sturgeon on Robert Frost
"Writing is a communication."
"Once I had all the facts in, I found I didn't have the immoral courage to pull the caper. So I wrote it as a story. As a teenager, I didn't have any skills for writing as such, so it came out in 1500 words."
"My wife is beginning to instruct me on means to retrieve dreams, and bit by bit, it does seem to be working."
"Some major writers have a huge impact, like Ayn Rand, who to my mind is a lousy fiction writer because her writing has no compassion and virtually no humor. She has a philosophical and economical message that she is passing off as fiction, but it really isn't fiction at all."
"You have to study your field and you have to find out how other people do it, and you have to keep working and learning and practicing and ultimately, you would be able to do it."