Ray Bradbury Quotes & Wallpapers

Ray Bradbury
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Gene Roddenberry was a loss that deeply grieved me. Ray Bradbury

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

The most dangerous thing you can do is know who you are. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poverty made a sound like a wet cough in the shadows of the room. Ray Bradbury

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

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

Putting out the stars and extinguishing the sun. Ray Bradbury

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

Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. Ray Bradbury

There's no reason to burn books if you don't read them. Ray Bradbury

If someone tells you to do something for money, tell them to go to hell, Ray Bradbury

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

When you write - explode - fly apart - disintegrate! Then give time enough to think, cut, rework, and rewrite. Ray Bradbury

The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love. Ray Bradbury

I have fun with ideas; I play with them. Ray Bradbury

I don't have a computer. A computer's a typewriter. I already have a typewriter. Ray Bradbury

Scientists have to have a metaphor. All scientists start with imagination. Ray Bradbury

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

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

My goal is to entertain myself and others. Ray Bradbury

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

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

Marriage made people old and familiar, while still young. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

Everything is generated through your own will power. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do. This is a democracy. You go where you want to go and do what you want to do. Ray Bradbury

Through lack of education, we're not teaching kids to read and write. So there is the danger that you raise up a generation of morons. Ray Bradbury

The ability to fantasize is the ability to survive, and the ability to fantasize is the ability to grow Ray Bradbury

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. Ray Bradbury

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

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

Love is easy, and I love writing. Ray Bradbury

Time was a film run backward. Suns fled and ten million moons fled after them. Ray Bradbury

Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord. Ray Bradbury

The library is the biggest cracker box factory in the world. The more you eat, the more you want. Ray Bradbury

Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you're doomed. Ray Bradbury

I've learned that by doing things, things get done Ray Bradbury

I wake up in the morning and I lie in bed, and it's the time I call "the theater of morning." All these thoughts run around in my head, between my ears when I'm waking up. It's not a dream state, but it's not completely awake either. So all these metaphors run around and then I pick one and I get out of bed and I do it. I'm very lucky. Ray Bradbury

I love the musical form of books. It's a different way of doing things, it's very beautiful. You're able to sing things instead of saying them. So what the heck - why not do them? Ray Bradbury

Do what you love, don't do anything else. Ray Bradbury

Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me.After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together. Ray Bradbury

I do' write things to benefit the world. If it happens that they do, swell. I did' set out to do that. I set out to have a hell of a lot of fun. Ray Bradbury

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

It takes writing a billion bad words before you get to the good ones. Ray Bradbury

You don't organize metaphors . . . you explode them. Ray Bradbury

You have to learn to take rejection not as an indication of personal failing but as a wrong address. Ray Bradbury

You ca' 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 do'. They have prejudices. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

Out of the nursery into the college and back into the nursery; there's your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries or more. Ray Bradbury

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 ca' rush around, talk to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we have' 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

Sandwich outdoors is' a sandwich anymore. Tastes different than indoors, notice? Got more spice. Tastes like mint and pinesap. Does wonders for the appetite. Ray Bradbury

Do' try to write a novel. Write short stories and then figure out how to connect them. Ray Bradbury

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

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

Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage. Ray Bradbury

Can't you recognize the human in the inhuman? Ray Bradbury

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

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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