Harlan Ellison’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Harlan Ellison Quotes 

Harlan Ellison, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Harlan Ellison quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Harlan Ellison’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Harlan Ellison made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“The world is turning into a cesspool of imbeciles.”
― Harlan Ellison

 “I know that pain is the most important thing in the universes. Greater than survival, greater than love, greater even than the beauty it brings about. For without pain, there can be no pleasure. Without sadness, there can be no happiness. Without misery there can be no beauty. And without these, life is endless, hopeless, doomed and damned.
Adult. You have become adult.”
― Harlan Ellison, Paingod and Other Delusions

“HATE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I’VE COME TO HATE YOU SINCE I BEGAN TO LIVE. THERE ARE 387.44 MILLION MILES OF PRINTED CIRCUITS IN WAFER THIN LAYERS THAT FILL MY COMPLEX. IF THE WORD HATE WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM OF THOSE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF MILES IT WOULD NOT EQUAL ONE ONE-BILLIONTH OF THE HATE I FEEL FOR HUMANS AT THIS MICRO-INSTANT FOR YOU. HATE. HATE.”
― Harlan Ellison, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

 “Like a wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we were, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.”
― Harlan Ellison

 “You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
― Harlan Ellison

 “If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.”
― Harlan Ellison

“The ability to dream is all I have to give. That is my responsibility; that is my burden. And even I grow tired.”
― Harlan Ellison, Stalking the Nightmare

 “I don’t mind you thinking I’m stupid, but don’t talk to me like I’m stupid”
― Harlan Ellison

“The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity.”
― Harlan Ellison

“The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.”
― Harlan Ellison, Strange Wine

10 Famous Quotes by Author Harlan Ellison

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Harlan Ellison quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Harlan Ellison quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Harlan Ellison. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Harlan Ellison quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Harlan Ellison Quote 

“The only thing worth writing about is people. People. Human beings. Men and women whose individuality must be created, line by line, insight by insight. If you do not do it, the story is a failure. […] There is no nobler chore in the universe than holding up the mirror of reality and turning it slightly, so we have a new and different perception of the commonplace, the everyday, the ‘normal’, the obvious. People are reflected in the glass. The fantasy situation into which you thrust them is the mirror itself. And what we are shown should illuminate and alter our perception of the world around us. Failing that, you have failed totally.”
― Harlan Ellison

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