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Ray Bradbury
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My goal is to entertain myself and others. 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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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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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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(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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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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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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Evil has only the power we give it. 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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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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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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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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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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There's no use going to school unless your final destination is the library. Ray Bradbury
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A stranger is shot in the street, you hardly move to help. But if, half an hour before, you spent just ten minutes with the fellow and knew a little about him and his family, you might just jump in front of his killer and try to stop it. 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. Ray Bradbury
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Acting without knowing takes you right off the cliff. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sunsets are loved because they vanish. Flowers are loved because they go. The dogs of the field and the cats of the kitchen are loved because soon they must depart. These are not the sole reasons, but at the heart of morning welcomes and afternoon laughters is the promise of farewell. In the gray muzzle of an old dog we see goodbye. In the tired face of an old friend we read long journeys beyond returns. 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. 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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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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Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage. 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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Dad," said Will, his voice very faint. "Are you a good person?" "To you and your mother, yes, I try. But no man's a hero to himself. I've lived with me a lifetime, Will. I know everything worth knowing about myself-" "And, adding it all up...?" "The sum? As they come and go, and I mostly sit very still and tight, yes, I'm all right. 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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