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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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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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It's rare you get an idea from a dream. I can't really recall a story that ever worked out that way. I think in 35 years of writing, that I've ever had a dream that held up. They're much too dislocated 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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I don't know what to do with dumb people, but we must try to educate them along with the sharp kids. Ray Bradbury
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Gene Roddenberry was a loss that deeply grieved me. Ray Bradbury
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I took a Greyhound bus to New York and stayed at the YMCA, fifty cents a night. I took my stories around to a dozen publishers. Nobody wanted them. They said, We don't publish stories. Nobody reads them. Don't you have a novel? Ray Bradbury
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My stories run up and bite me in the leg - I respond by writing them down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off. 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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Every time you take a step, even when you don't want to. . . . When it hurts, when it means you rub chins with death, or even if it means dying, that's good. Anything that moves ahead, wins. No chess game was ever won by the player who sat for a lifetime thinking over his next move. Ray Bradbury
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Far away, in the meadow, shadows flickered in the Mirror's Maze, as if parts of someone's life, yet unborn, were trapped there, waiting to be lived. Ray Bradbury
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Grandfather's been dead all these years, but if you lifted my skull, by God, in the convolutions of my brain you'd find the big ridges of his thumbprint. He touched me. As I said earlier, he was a sculptor. 'I hate a Roman named Status Quo!' he said to me. 'Stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said, 'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ray Bradbury
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What do you do, go around trying everything once?' he asked. 'Sometimes twice,... 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 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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You can make yourself happy or miserable - it's the same amount of effort. 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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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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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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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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Evil has only the power we give it. Ray Bradbury
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Time is so strange and life is twice as strange. You must promise me not to live to be too old, William. It if is at all convenient, die before you're fifty. It my take a bit of doing. But I advise this is simply because there is no telling when another Helen Loomis might be born. It would be dreadful, wouldn't it, if you lived on to be very very old and some afternoon in 1999 walked down Main street and saw me standing there, aged twenty-one, and the whole thing out of balance again? Ray Bradbury
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To everything there is a season. Yes. A time to break down, and a time to build up. Yes. A time to keep silence and a time to speak. Yes. Ray Bradbury
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Love is easy, and I love writing. Ray Bradbury
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Time was a film run backward. Suns fled and ten million moons fled after them. Ray Bradbury
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Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord. Ray Bradbury
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The library is the biggest cracker box factory in the world. The more you eat, the more you want. Ray Bradbury
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Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you're doomed. Ray Bradbury
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I've learned that by doing things, things get done Ray Bradbury
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I don't believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously. Ray Bradbury
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There is no future for e-books, because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel. Ray Bradbury
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I want your loves to be multiple. I don't want you to be a snob about anything. Anything you love, you do it. Ray Bradbury
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The rockets set the bony meadows afire, turned rock to lava, turned wood to charcoal, transmuted water to steam, made sand and silica into green glass which lay like shattered mirrors reflecting the invasion, all about. The rockets came like drums, beating in the night. The rockets came like locusts, swarming and settling in blooms of rosy smoke. Ray Bradbury
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You don't question Providence. If you can't have the reality, a dream is just as good. Ray Bradbury
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From the outer edge of his life, looking back, there was only one remorse, and that was only that he wished to go on living. Ray Bradbury
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We need our Arts to teach us how to breathe Ray Bradbury
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Poetry expands the senses and keeps them in prime condition. It keeps you aware of your nose, your eye, your ear, your tongue, your hand. Ray Bradbury
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The beginning of wisdom, as they say. When you're seventeen you know everything. When you're twenty-seven if you still know everything you're still seventeen. Ray Bradbury
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I love you and I forgive you. I am like you and you are like me. I love all people. I love the world. I love creating. Everything in our life should be based on love. Ray Bradbury
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From now on I hope Always to stay Alert, to educate myself as best I can. But lacking this, in Future I will relaxedly turn back to my secret mind to see what it has observed when I thought I was sitting this one out. We never sit anything out. Ray Bradbury
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I'm not really dying today. No person ever died that had a family. I'll be around a long time. A thousand years from now, a whole township of my offspring will be biting sour apples in the gumwood shade. Ray Bradbury
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For about 150 days a year in Venice, the sun doesn't show through the mist until noon. Ray Bradbury
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Don't talk about it; write. Ray Bradbury
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The women in my life have all been librarians, English teachers, or booksellers. If they couldn't speak pidgin Tolstoy, articulate Henry James, or give me directions to Usher and Ox, it was no go. I have always longed for education, and pillow talk's the best. Ray Bradbury
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I don't think about what I do. I do it. That's Buddhism. I jump off the cliff and build my wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
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You've been put on the world to love the act of being alive. Ray Bradbury
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I started writing every day. I never stopped. Ray Bradbury
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Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. Ray Bradbury
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Heaven is a house with porch lights. Ray Bradbury
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Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall. Ray Bradbury
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Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. Real brains don't do that. Ray Bradbury
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I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it. Ray Bradbury
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It's not going to do any good to land on Mars if we're stupid. Ray Bradbury
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I hate all politics. I don't like either political party. One should not belong to them - one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking. Ray Bradbury
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I have my favorite cat, who is my paperweight, on my desk while I am writing. Ray Bradbury
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Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We've been so busy damning ourselves for years. We've done it all, and yet we don't take credit for it. Ray Bradbury
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Why go to a machine when you could go to a human being? Ray Bradbury
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