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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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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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Life should be touched, not strangled. Ray Bradbury
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Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers. Ray Bradbury
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If you can't read and write you can't think. Your thoughts are dispersed if you don't know how to read and write. You've got to be able to look at your thoughts on paper and discover what a fool you were. 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 . Ray Bradbury
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The gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly. Ray Bradbury
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I'll hold on to the world tight some day. I've got one finger on it now; that's a beginning. 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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We have too many cellphones. We've got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now. Ray Bradbury
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When I was born in 1920, the auto was only 20 years old. Radio didn't exist. TV didn't exist. I was born at just the right time to write about all of these things. Ray Bradbury
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I got started as an actor when I was 12. Ray Bradbury
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I don't control my writing - it controls me. Ray Bradbury
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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
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I can write faster on a typewriter than you can on a computer. I do 120 words a minute, and you can't do that on a computer. Ray Bradbury
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I have four daughters and eight grandchildren. My soul lives on in them. That's immortality. That's the only immortality I care about. Ray Bradbury
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First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down. 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 ca' act if you do' know. Ray Bradbury
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Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it's the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself... Science fiction is central to everything we've ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don't know what they're talking about. Ray Bradbury
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Montag, you're looking at a coward. I saw the way things were going, a long time back. I said nothing. I'm 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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Beware, Charlie, old men only lie in wait for people to ask them to talk. Then they rattle on like a rusty elevator wheezing up a shaft. Ray Bradbury
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You are the jailer and the jailed, You the impaler and the one that your own Million-fleshed self in dreams by night do hold in thrall and now at noon must kill. Ray Bradbury
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We should back on the moon right now. And we should be going off to Mars immediately. Ray Bradbury
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Whereas back then I wrote about the tyranny of the majority, today I'd combine that with the tyranny of the minorities. These days, you have to be careful of both. Ray Bradbury
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I can work anywhere. Ray Bradbury
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I have what I call the theater of morning inside my head, all these voices talking to me. When they come up with a good metaphor, then I jump out of bed and trap them before they're gone. Ray Bradbury
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In that film Love Story, there's a line, Love means never having to say you're sorry. That's the dumbest thing I ever heard. Love means saying you're sorry every day for some little thing or other. 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 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
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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
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Do' try to write a novel. Write short stories and then figure out how to connect them. Ray Bradbury
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The only good writing is intuitive writing. It would be a big bore if you knew where it was going. It has to be exciting, instantaneous and it has to be a surprise. Then it all comes blurting out and it's beautiful. I"ve had a sign by my typewriter for 25 years now which reads, "DON"T THINK!" Ray Bradbury
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You can write a short story in two hours. Two hours a day, you have a novel in a year Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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Do what you love, don't do anything else. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The ability to fantasize is the ability to survive, and the ability to fantasize is the ability to grow 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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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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