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Ray Bradbury
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Savory...that's a swell word. And Basil and Betel. Capsicum. Curry. All great. But Relish, now, Relish with a capital R. No argument, that' the best. Ray Bradbury
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Your mind's always juggling, isn't it?-mirrors, torches, plates. Ray Bradbury
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We're going to become the martians when we land there. When we explore and build communities, we become the martians. That's a wonderful destiny for all of us. Ray Bradbury
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Most members of Congress are politicians. They're bores. They're damn boring. They have no imagination, and they don't know how to imagine the future. Ray Bradbury
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All of the good, weird stories I"ve written are based on things I"ve dredged out of my subconscious. That's the real stuff. Everything else is fake. Ray Bradbury
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Do' worry about things. Do' push. Just do your work and you"ll survive. The important thing is to have a ball, to be joyful, to be loving and to be explosive. Out of that comes everything and you grow. Ray Bradbury
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You let the story cool off and then, instead of rewriting it, you relive it. 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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Each person was himself one alone. One oneness, a unit in a society, but always afraid, always alone. If I should scream, if I should call for help, would anyone hear would it even matter? Ray Bradbury
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How men envy and often hate these warm clocks, these wives, who know they will live forever. So what do we do? We men turn terribly mean, because we can't hold to the world or ourselves or anything. We are blind to continuity, all breaks down, falls, melts, stops, rots, or runs away. So, since we cannot shape Time, where does that leave men? Sleepless. Staring. Ray Bradbury
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Death doesn't exist. It never did, it never will. But we've drawn so many pictures of it, so many years, trying to pin it down, comprehend it, we've got to thinking of it as an entity, strangely alive and greedy. All it is, however, is a stopped watch, a loss, an end, a darkness. Nothing. 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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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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We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing. Ray Bradbury
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Really knowing is good. Not knowing, or refusing to know, is bad, or amoral, at least. You can't act if you don't know. Acting without knowing takes you right off the cliff. Ray Bradbury
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I believe in creative failing - to contine to write poems that fail and fail and fail until a day comes when you've got a thousand poems behind you and you're relaxed and you finally write a good poem. Ray Bradbury
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Ideas and philosophies change just as machines do. Religions changed because of the birth control pill. Politics changes because of the hydrogen bomb. All because of science fictional inventions. 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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The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love. Ray Bradbury
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I have fun with ideas; I play with them. Ray Bradbury
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I don't have a computer. A computer's a typewriter. I already have a typewriter. Ray Bradbury
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Scientists have to have a metaphor. All scientists start with imagination. Ray Bradbury
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If you know how to read, you have a complete education about life, then you know how to vote within a democracy. But if you don't know how to read, you don't know how to decide. That's the great thing about our country - we're a democracy of readers, and we should keep it that way. Ray Bradbury
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I used to take my short stories to girls' homes and read them to them. Can you imagine the reaction reading a short story to a girl instead of pawing her? Ray Bradbury
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My goal is to entertain myself and others. 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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Chock them so ... full of "facts" they feel stuffed, but absolutely "brilliant" with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. Ray Bradbury
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When you write - explode - fly apart - disintegrate! Then give time enough to think, cut, rework, and rewrite. 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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You can make yourself happy or miserable - it's the same amount of effort. Ray Bradbury
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This is the emotional thing, you see - you must galvanize people, so they want to be completely alive and live forever, or the next thing to it. And out of that comes art, then, and survival through emotion. Ray Bradbury
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Everything of mine is permeated with my love of ideas-both big and small. It doesn't matter what it is, as long as it grabs me and holds me, facinates me. And then I'll run out and something about it... I write for fun. 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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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 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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We are the witnesses to the miracle. We are put here by creation, by God....We're here to be the audience to the magnificent. It is our job to celebrate. Ray Bradbury
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The only science fiction I have written is Fahrenheit 451. It's the art of the possible. Science fiction is the art of the possible. It could happen. It has happened. 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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And they were all, when their souls grew warm, poets. 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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Love is the answer to everything. It's the only reason to do anything. Ray Bradbury
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