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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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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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Man has always been half-monster, half-dreamer. 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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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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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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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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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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Evil has only the power we give it. 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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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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(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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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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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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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'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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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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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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It takes writing a billion bad words before you get to the good ones. 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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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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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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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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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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