Ray Bradbury Quotes & Wallpapers

Ray Bradbury
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Fame and money are gifts given to us only after we have gifted the world with our best, our lonely, our individual truths. Ray Bradbury

I discovered very early on that if you wanted a thing, you went for it - and you got it. Most people never go anywhere, or want anything - so they never get anything. Ray Bradbury

His flesh took paleness from his bones. Ray Bradbury

Love what you do and do what you love. Don't listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life. Ray Bradbury

I don't write things to benefit the world. If it happens that they do, swell. I didn't set out to do that. I set out to have a hell of a lot of fun. Ray Bradbury

You learn to live with your crazy enthusiasms which nobody else shares, and then you find a few other nuts like yourself, and they're your friends for a lifetime. That's what friends are, the people who share your crazy outlook and protect you from the world, because nobody else is going to give a damn what you're doing, so you need a few other people like yourself. Ray Bradbury

I don't like being up high. It took me three days to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Ray Bradbury

...if you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer. It means you are so busy keeping one eye on the commercial market, or one ear peeled for the avant-garde coterie, that you are not being yourself. You don't even know yourself. For the first thing a writer should be is- excited. He should be a thing of fevers and enthusiasms. Ray Bradbury

The things that you do should be things that you love, and things that you love should be things that you do. Ray Bradbury

Do what you love and love what you do. Do' do anything for money. Everything should be for love. Ray Bradbury

Now let's take up the minorities in our civilisation, shall we? Bigger the population, the more minorities. Don't step on the toes of the dog-lovers, the cat-lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent any actual painters, cartographers, mechanics anywhere. The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that! Ray Bradbury

A single face turned upward toward all Time One flesh, one ecstasy, one peace. Ray Bradbury

I was only kicking down the Christmas tree to get the star on top. Ray Bradbury

And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is gift and a privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation. So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all. Ray Bradbury

The Martians were there-in the canal-reflected in the water.... The Martians stared back up at them for a long, long silent time from the rippling water.... Ray Bradbury

God, here and there, makes madness a calling. Ray Bradbury

I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped. Ray Bradbury

He raged for hours. And the skeleton, ever the frail and solelmn philosopher, hung quietly inside, saying not a word, suspended like a delicate insect within a chrysalis, waiting and waiting. Ray Bradbury

I want to feel all there is to feel, he thought. Let me feel tired, now, let me feel tired. I mustn't forget, I'm alive, I know I'm alive, I mustn't forget it tonight or tomorrow or the day after that. Ray Bradbury

(in response to the question: what do you think of e-books and Amazon's Kindle?) Those aren't books. You can't hold a computer in your hand like you can a book. A computer does not smell. There are two perfumes to a book. If a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better. It smells like ancient Egypt. A book has got to smell. You have to hold it in your hands and pray to it. You put it in your pocket and you walk with it. And it stays with you forever. But the computer doesn't do that for you. I'm sorry. Ray Bradbury

I sometimes get up at night when I can't sleep and walk down into my library and open one of my books and read a paragraph and say, 'My God, did I write that? Ray Bradbury

We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. Ray Bradbury

The Lord is not serious. In fact, it is a little hard to know just what else He is except loving. And love has to do with humor, doesn't it? For you cannot love someone unless you put up with him, can you? And you cannot put up with someone constantly unless you can laugh at him. Isn't that true? And certainly we are rediculous little animals wallowing in the fudge bowl, and God must love us all the more because we appeal to his humor. Ray Bradbury

Day, after day, after glorious day, I was falling in love with books..... Ray Bradbury

I was partially raised by an aunt who was a dress designer, so I was around her studio all of my early life. I know materials. I can look through Harper's Bazaar and decide what works and what doesn't, or any other magazine, Seventeen if you wish. Ray Bradbury

Edgar Allen Poe really started me when I was 8. I fell in love with everything of his. Ray Bradbury

Sometimes you have intuitive insight about how you think things are going to be, and you write that. Other times you fantasize completely, which has nothing to do with predicting the future. Ray Bradbury

Go out and make your own speeches. People need you. Go on TV. It can be done. After you speak up a few times, people say, "Hey, we got a crazy man in the community," and they'll begin talking to you. Ray Bradbury

Not to write, for many of us, is to die. Ray Bradbury

The local TV news is the greatest danger in your life. It's all crap. Ray Bradbury

A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Ray Bradbury

The monster cried out at the tower. The foghorn blew. The monster roared again. The foghorn blew. The monster opened its great toothed mouth, and the sound that came from it was the sound of the foghorn itself. Ray Bradbury

You make to die You are the dead You the assassin of yourself Ray Bradbury

For one thing, kids love me because I write stories that tell them about their capacity for evil. I'm one of the few writers who lets you cleanse yourself that way. Ray Bradbury

I just can't imagine being in a world and not being fascinated with what ideas are doing to us. Ray Bradbury

Yes, the problem of the novel is to stay truthful. The short story, if you really are intense and you have an exciting idea, writes itself in a few hours. Ray Bradbury

When I started writing seriously, I made the major discovery of my life - that I am right and everybody else is wrong if they disagree with me. What a great thing to learn: Don't listen to anyone else, and always go your own way. Ray Bradbury

Men throw huge shadows on the lawn, don't they? Then, all their lives, they try to run to fit the shadows. But the shadows are always longer. Ray Bradbury

There must be something in books, something we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing. Ray Bradbury

Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I'm one of them. Ray Bradbury

God, how we get our fingers in each other's clay. That's friendship, each playing the potter to see what shapes we can make of each other. Ray Bradbury

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. Ray Bradbury

Kerosene," he said, because the silence had lengthened, "is nothing but perfume to me. Ray Bradbury

In sum, do not insult me with the beheadings, finger choppings or the lung-deflations you plan for my works. I need my head to shake or nod, my hand to wave or make into a fist, my lungs to shout or whisper with. I will not go gently onto a shelf, degutted, to become a non-book. All you umpires, back to the bleachers. Referees, hit the showers. It's my game. I pitch, I hit, I catch. I run the bases. At sunset I've won or lost. At sunrise, I'm out again, giving it the old try. And no one can help me. Not even you. Ray Bradbury

You can't try to do things; you simply must do them. Ray Bradbury

You can write a short story in two hours. Two hours a day, you have a novel in a year. Ray Bradbury

Journalism keeps you planted in the earth. Ray Bradbury

I've been afraid of people playing their life away with too many toys. Ray Bradbury

You pay a certain penalty for going your own way. A lot of people think you're nuts, and you're not as popular with girls as you should be. Ray Bradbury

Libraries raised me. Ray Bradbury

I think the reason my stories have been so successful is that I have a strong sense of metaphor. Ray Bradbury

I never ask anyone else's opinion. They don't count. Ray Bradbury

When I was a young writer if you went to a party and told somebody you were a science-fiction writer you would be insulted. They would call you Flash Gordon all evening, or Buck Rogers. Ray Bradbury

I went to bed and woke in the middle of the night thinking I heard someone cry, thinking I myself was weeping, and I felt my face and it was dry. Then I looked at the window and thought: Why, yes, it's just the rain, the rain, always the rain, and turned over, sadder still, and fumbled about for my dripping sleep and tried to slip it back on. Ray Bradbury

All you umpires, back to the bleachers. Referees, hit the showers. It's my game. I pitch, I hit, I catch. I run the bases. At sunset, I've won or lost. At sunrise, I'm out again, giving it the old try. Ray Bradbury

Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper. Ray Bradbury

Fantasies are things that can't happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen. Ray Bradbury

The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. Ray Bradbury

The most improbable tales can be made believable, if your reader, through his sense, feels certain that he stands at the middle of events. Ray Bradbury

Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there was it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. Ray Bradbury

Why the Egyptian, Arabic, Abyssinian, Choctaw? Well, what tongue does the wind talk? What nationality is a storm? What country do rains come from? What color is lightning? Where does thunder goe when it dies? Ray Bradbury

Get the big truth first. If you get the big truth, the small truths will accumulate around it. Ray Bradbury

Why then you're as mad as me. No, madder. For I distrust 'reality' and its moron mother, the universe, while you fasten your innocence to fallible devices which pretend at happy endings. Ray Bradbury

First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him. Ray Bradbury

I am a dedicated madman, and that becomes its own training. If you can't resist, if the typewriter is like candy to you, you train yourself for a lifetime. Every single day of your life, some wild new thing to be done. You write to please yourself. You write for the joy of writing. Then your public reads you and it begins to gather around your selling a potato peeler in an alley, you know. The enthusiasm, the joy itself draws me. So that means every day of my life I've written. When the joy stops, I'll stop writing. Ray Bradbury

Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there. Ray Bradbury

...I mean, you don't just love people, you must LOVE them with exclamation points. Ray Bradbury

When the wind is right, a faint odor of kerosene is exhaled from Senator McCarthy. Ray Bradbury

The train skimmed on softly, slithering, black pennants fluttering, black confetti lost on its own sick-sweet candy wind, down the hill, with the two boys pursuing, the air was so cold they ate ice cream with each breath. Ray Bradbury

I am a librarian. I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library. Before I fell in love with libraries, I was just a six-year-old boy. The library fueled all of my curiosities, from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt. When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week. I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was twenty-seven. I discovered that the library is the real school. Ray Bradbury



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