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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You don't organize metaphors . . . you explode them. Ray Bradbury
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You have to learn to take rejection not as an indication of personal failing but as a wrong address. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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