John W. Campbell Quotes

Who is John W. Campbell?

John Wood Campbell Jr. was an American science fiction writer and editor. Campbell is best known for his short story 'Who Goes There?' which was adapted into two classic movies: 'The Thing from Another World' and John Carpenter's 'The Thing'.

Born June 08, 1910
Died July 11, 1971

Best 6 Quotes by John W. Campbell

“Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.”

John W. Campbell

“History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells, 'Can't you remember anything I told you?' and lets fly with a club.”

John W. Campbell

“Immunity corrupts; absolute immunity corrupts absolutely.”

John W. Campbell

“Man studied birds for centuries, trying to learn how to make a machine to fly like them. He never did do the trick; his final success came when he broke away entirely and tried new methods.”

John W. Campbell

“Never accept the initial premise of the opposition.”

John W. Campbell

“There's nothing quite so stultifying as having someone around who has all the answers – and gives them to you.”

John W. Campbell