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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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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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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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When you reach the stars, boy, yes, and live there forever, all the fears will go, and Death himself will die. Ray Bradbury
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Beware the autumn people 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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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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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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(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 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 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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Man has always been half-monster, half-dreamer. 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 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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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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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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Evil has only the power we give it. 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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Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage. Ray Bradbury
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Can't you recognize the human in the inhuman? Ray Bradbury
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I have something to fight for and live for; that makes me a better killer. I've got what amounts to a religion now. It's learning how to breathe all over again. And how to lie in the sun getting a tan, letting the sun work into you. And how to hear music and how to read a book. What does your civilization offer? Ray Bradbury
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That's life for you," said MacDunn. "Someone always waiting for someone who never comes home. Always someone loving some thing more than that thing loves them. And after a while you want to destroy whatever that thing is, so it can't hurt you no more. Ray Bradbury
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You're peculiar, you're aggravating, yet you're easy to forgive. You say you're seventeen?..How odd. How strange. And my wife thirty and yet you seem so much older at times. I can't get over it. Ray Bradbury
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He glanced back at the wall. How like a mirror, too, her face. Impossible; for how many people did you know who reflected your own light to you? People were more often-he searched for a simile, found one in his work-torches, blazing away until they whiffed out. How rarely did other people's faces take of you and throw back to you your own expression, your own innermost trembling thought? Ray Bradbury
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To sum it all up, if you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must write dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. Ray Bradbury
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I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. ... I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories - science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world. Ray Bradbury
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What is it about fire that's so lovely? No matter what age we are, what draws us to it?...The thing man wanted to invent, but never did...If you let it go on, it'd burn our lifetimes out. What is fire? It is a mystery. Scientists give us gobbledygook about friction and molecules. But they don't really know. Its real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences. Ray Bradbury
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Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Ray Bradbury
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An athlete may run ten thousand miles in order to prepare for one hundred yards. Quantity gives experience. Ray Bradbury
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Don't let people interfere with you. Boot 'em out, turn off the phone, hide away, get it done. If you carry a short story over to the next day you may overnight intellectualize something about it and try to make it too fancy, try to please someone. Ray Bradbury
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Mr. Montag, you are looking at a coward. I saw the way things were going a long time back. I said nothing. I am one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the 'guilty,' but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself. 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'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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The sun rose yellow as a lemon.The sky was round and blue.The birds looped clear water songs in the air.Will and Jim leaned from their windows.Nothing had changed.Except the look in Jim's eyes.Last night. . . said Will. Did or didn't it happen? Ray Bradbury
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Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. Ray Bradbury
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That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain. Ray Bradbury
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A book is a loaded gun in the house next door...Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man? Ray Bradbury
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In your reading, find books to improve your color sense, your sense of shape and size in the world. Ray Bradbury
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If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn. Ray Bradbury
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The Internet is a big distraction. It's distracting, it's meaningless; it's not real. It's in the air somewhere. Ray Bradbury
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You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that. The others would walk off and leave me talking. Or threaten me. No one has time any more for anyone else. You're one of the few who put up with me. That's why I think it's so strange you're a fireman, it just doesn't seem right for you, somehow. Ray Bradbury
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That's sad," said Montag, quietly,(referring to The Hound) "because all we put into it is hunting and finding and killing. What a shame if that's all it can ever know. Ray Bradbury
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Are you happy?" she [Clarisse] said. "Am I what?" he [Montag] cried. But she was gone- running in the moonlight. Her front door shut gently. Ray Bradbury
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Every story I've written was written because I had to write it. Writing stories is like breathing for me; it is my life. Ray Bradbury
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The river was mild and leisurely, going away from the people who ate shadows for breakfast and steam for lunch and vapors for supper. 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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Most members of Congress are politicians. They're bores. Ray Bradbury
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Everything is my demon muse. I have a muse which whispers in my ear and says, 'Do this, do that,' but it's my demon who provokes me. Ray Bradbury
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Everything is generated through your own will power. Ray Bradbury
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