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Quotes of the day: Gene Roddenberry

Published Tuesday, August 18, 2015 @ 7:19 AM EDT
Aug 18 2015

Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American television screenwriter, producer, populistic philosopher, and futurist. He is best remembered for creating the original Star Trek television series. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.

Art is really people asking the eternal question, 'What is it all about?'

Earth is the nest, the cradle, and we'll move out of it.

I condemn false prophets, I condemn the effort to take away the power of rational decision, to drain people of their free will — and a hell of a lot of money in the bargain. Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.

I think God is as much a basic ingredient in the universe as neutrons and positrons... God is, for lack of a better term, clout. This is the prime force, when we look around the universe.

In the 24th century there will be no hunger, there will be no greed, and all the children will know how to read.

It is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are. It does not matter that we will not reach our ultimate goal. The effort itself yields its own reward.

It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.

Our prime obligation to ourselves is to make the unknown known.

Religions vary in their degree of idiocy, but I reject them all. For most people, religion is nothing more than a substitute for a malfunctioning brain.

Star Trek says that it has not all happened, it has not all been discovered, that tomorrow can be as challenging and adventurous as any time man has ever lived.

Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.

The glory of creation is in its infinite diversity.

The strength of a civilization is not measured by its ability to fight wars, but rather by its ability to prevent them.

Time is the fire in which we burn.

We are on a journey to keep an appointment with whatever we are.

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all- powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.


(August 19 is also the birthday of Bernard Baruch, Coco Chanel, John Dryden, Malcolm Forbes, and Ogden Nash.)

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