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Ray Bradbury
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Too late, I found you can't wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else. Ray Bradbury
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You must live feverishly in a library. Colleges are not going to do any good unless you are raised and live in a library everyday of your life. Ray Bradbury
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See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream. Ray Bradbury
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Writing is not a serious business. It's a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it. Ray Bradbury
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My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. So I never have to worry about schedules. Some new thing is always exploding in me, and it schedules me, I do' schedule it. It says: Get to the typewriter right now and finish this. Ray Bradbury
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You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
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If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you. Ray Bradbury
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The important thing is to be in love with something. Ray Bradbury
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We've gotta become the Martians. I'm a Martian - I tell you to become Martians. And we've gotta go to Mars and civilize Mars and build a whole civilization on Mars and then move out, 300 years from now into the universe. And when we do that, we have a chance of living forever. Ray Bradbury
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Facts are not interesting to me. Ray Bradbury
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I don't tell anyone how to write and no one tells me. Ray Bradbury
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Sandwich outdoors isn't a sandwich anymore. Tastes different than indoors, notice? Got more spice. Tastes like mint and pinesap. Does wonders for the appetite. Ray Bradbury
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With a book tucked in one hand, and a computer shoved under my elbow, I will march, not sidle, shudder or quake, into the twenty-first century. Ray Bradbury
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Fire the doubters out of your life. Ray Bradbury
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The human race likes to give itself airs. One good volcano can produce more greenhouse gases in a year than the human race has in its entire history. Ray Bradbury
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Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that's life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever. Ray Bradbury
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We were put here as witnesses to the miracle of life. We see the stars, and we want them. We are beholden to give back to the universe.... If we make landfall on another star system, we become immortal. Ray Bradbury
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In science fiction, we dream. In order to colonize in space, to rebuild our cities, which are so far out of whack, to tackle any number of problems, we must imagine the future, including the new technologies that are required. Ray Bradbury
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I prefer to see myself as the Janus, the two-faced god who is half Pollyanna and half Cassandra, warning of the future and perhaps living too much in the past?a combination of both. Ray Bradbury
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Marriage made people old and familiar, while still young. Ray Bradbury
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Those who live in the best cliffs think they are better than us. That is always man's attitude when he has power. Ray Bradbury
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There are too many of us, he thought. There are billions of us and that's too many. Nobody knows anyone. Strangers come and violate you. Strangers come and cut your heart out. Strangers come and take your blood. Good God, who were those men? I never saw them before in my life! Ray Bradbury
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We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real? Ray Bradbury
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Find out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day.. Ray Bradbury
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Shut the door, they're coming through the window, shut the window, they're coming through the door," are the words to an old song. They fit my lifestyle with newly arriving butcher/censors every month. Only six weeks ago, I discovered that, over the years, some cubby-hole editors at Ballantine Books, fearful of contaminating the young, had, bit by bit, censored some 75 separate sections from the novel. Students, reading the novel which, after all, deals with censorship and book-burning in the future, write to tell me of this exquisite irony... Ray Bradbury
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I'm ALIVE. Thinking about it, noticing it, is new. You do things and don't watch. Then all of a sudden you look and see what you're doing and it's the first time, really. Ray Bradbury
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Oh, what strange wonderful clocks women are. They nest in Time. They make the flesh that holds fast and binds eternity. They live inside the gift, know power, accept, and need not mention it. Why speak of time when you are Time, and shape the universal moments, as they pass, into warmth and action? Ray Bradbury
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These are all novels, all about people that never existed, the people that read them it makes them unhappy with their own lives. Makes them want to live in other ways they can never really be. Ray Bradbury
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A good night sleep, or a ten minute bawl, or a pint of chocolate ice cream, or all three together, is good medicine. Ray Bradbury
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Poverty made a sound like a wet cough in the shadows of the room. Ray Bradbury
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Man has always been half-monster, half-dreamer. Ray Bradbury
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Do you understand now why books are hated and feared? Because they reveal the pores on the face of life. The comfortable people want only the faces of the full moon, wax, faces without pores, hairless, expressionless. Ray Bradbury
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Work. Don't Think. Relax. Ray Bradbury
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Miraculously, smoke curled out of his own mouth, his nose, his ears, his eyes, as if his soul had been extinguished within his lungs at the very moment the sweet pumpkin gave up its incensed ghost. Ray Bradbury
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It is good to renew one's wonder, said the philosopher. Space travel has again made children of us all. Ray Bradbury
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A computer does not smell ... if a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better... And it stays with you forever. But the computer doesn't do that for you. I'm sorry. Ray Bradbury
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There's no reason to burn books if you don't read them. Ray Bradbury
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If someone tells you to do something for money, tell them to go to hell, Ray Bradbury
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Today we haved touched Mars. There is life on Mars, and it us us-extensions of our eyes in all directions, extensions of our mind, extensions of our heart and soul have touched Mars today. That's the message to look for there: We are on Mars. We are the Martians! Ray Bradbury
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People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better. Ray Bradbury
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You can't learn to write in college. It's a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do-and they don't. They have prejudices. They may like Henry James, but what if you don't want to write like Henry James? They may like John Irving, for instance, who's the bore of all time. A lot of the people whose work they've taught in the schools for the last thirty years, I can't understand why people read them and why they are taught. Ray Bradbury
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We do need knowledge. And perhaps in a thousand years we might pick smaller cliffs to jump off. The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are. Ray Bradbury
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I wonder how many men, hiding their youngness, rise as I do, Saturday mornings, filled with the hope that Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam and Daffy Duck will be there waiting as our one true always and forever salvation? Ray Bradbury
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I have two rules in life - to hell with it, whatever it is, and get your work done. Ray Bradbury
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Recreate the world in your own image and make it better for your having been here. Ray Bradbury
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We Earth Men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things. The only reason we didn't set up hot-dog stands in the midst of the Egyptian temple of Karnak is because it was out of the way and served no large commercial purpose. Ray Bradbury
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You've got to love libraries. You've got to love books. You've got to love poetry. You've got to love everything about literature. Then, you can pick the one thing you love most and write about it. Ray Bradbury
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For it is a mad world and it will get madder if we allow the minorities, be they dwarf or giant, orangutan or dolphin, nuclear-head or water-conversationalist, pro-computerologist or Neo-Luddite, simpleton or sage, to interfere with aesthetics. The real world is the playing ground for each and every group, to make or unmake laws. But the tip of the nose of my book or stories or poems is where their rights end and my territorial imperatives begin, run and rule. Ray Bradbury
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What should I do?" "Throw up in your typewriter every morning." "Yeah." "Clean up every noon. Ray Bradbury
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I did what most writers do at their beginnings: emulated my elders, imitated my peers, thus turning away from any possibility of discovering truths beneath my skin and behind my eye. Ray Bradbury
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Love what you do and do what you love. Ray Bradbury
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I love writing, it's the center of my life. If you don't love what you do, you'd better find something else to love. Otherwise, you don't have a reason for living. Ray Bradbury
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But we do need a breather. We do need knowledge. And perhaps in a thousand years we might pick smaller cliffs to jump off. The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are. They're Caesar's praetorian guard, whispering as the parade roars down the avenue, 'Remember, Caesar, thou art mortal.' Most of us can't rush around, talk to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven't time, money or that many friends. The things you're looking for, Montag, are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book. Ray Bradbury
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And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right. Ray Bradbury
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I've never been in charge of my stories, they've always been in charge of me. As each new one has called to me, ordering me to give it voice and form and life, I've followed the advice I've shared with other writers over the years: jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
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Love is the answer to everything. It's the only reason to do anything. Ray Bradbury
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I don't decide. My secret self decides. I just go with my subconscious. If it wants to do a poem, I do a poem, and if it wants to do a play, I do a play. So I'm not in charge, I'm not in control. Ray Bradbury
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I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can't really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, 'If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we'll talk.' All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don't want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket. Ray Bradbury
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Putting out the stars and extinguishing the sun. Ray Bradbury
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Ah, art! Ah, life! The pendulum swinging back and forth, from complex to simple, again to complex. From romantic to realistic, back to romantic. Ray Bradbury
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Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. Ray Bradbury
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And besides, I like to cry. After I cry hard it's like it's morning again and I'm starting the day over. Ray Bradbury
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Well, after all, this is the age of the disposable tissue. Blow your nose on a person, wad them, flush them away, reach for another, blow, wad, flush. Everyone using everyone else's coattails. How are you supposed to root for the home team when you don't even have a program or know the names? For that matter, what color jersey's are they reading as they trot out to the feild? Ray Bradbury
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How long has it been since you wrote a story where your real love or your real hatred somehow got onto the paper? When was the last time you dared release a cherished prejudice so it slammed the page like a lightning bolt? Ray Bradbury
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(in response to the question: what do you think of e-books and Amazon's Kindle?) Those are' books. You ca' 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 does' do that for you. I'm sorry. Ray Bradbury
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I feel like I"ve been saving up a lot of things, and I do' know what. Ray Bradbury
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The most dangerous thing you can do is know who you are. Ray Bradbury
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The Greek philosophies teach us that we are a combination of dark and light, good and evil, and murderer and savior, hmm? And until we know this completely about ourselves we cannot love well, and we cannot forgive ourselves. Ray Bradbury
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Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
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I believe, said the first lady, that our souls are in our hands. For we do everything to the world with our hands. Sometimes I think we don't use our hands half enough; it's certain we don't use our heads. Ray Bradbury
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