Ray Bradbury Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

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

You've been put on the world to love the act of being alive. Ray Bradbury

I started writing every day. I never stopped. Ray Bradbury

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. Ray Bradbury

Heaven is a house with porch lights. Ray Bradbury

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

For about 150 days a year in Venice, the sun doesn't show through the mist until noon. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Ray Bradbury

I don't believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously. Ray Bradbury

There is no future for e-books, because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel. Ray Bradbury

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

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

You don't question Providence. If you can't have the reality, a dream is just as good. Ray Bradbury

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

We need our Arts to teach us how to breathe Ray Bradbury

An athlete may run ten thousand miles in order to prepare for one hundred yards. Quantity gives experience. Ray Bradbury

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

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

You can write a short story in two hours. Two hours a day, you have a novel in a year Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

We should back on the moon right now. And we should be going off to Mars immediately. Ray Bradbury

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

I can work anywhere. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

I'll hold on to the world tight some day. I've got one finger on it now; that's a beginning. Ray Bradbury

There's no use going to school unless your final destination is the library. Ray Bradbury

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

Acting without knowing takes you right off the cliff. Ray Bradbury

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

Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. Ray Bradbury

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

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

In your reading, find books to improve your color sense, your sense of shape and size in the world. Ray Bradbury

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall. Ray Bradbury

Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. Real brains don't do that. Ray Bradbury

I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it. Ray Bradbury

It's not going to do any good to land on Mars if we're stupid. Ray Bradbury

If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn. Ray Bradbury

The Internet is a big distraction. It's distracting, it's meaningless; it's not real. It's in the air somewhere. 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, 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

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

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

Don't talk about it; write. Ray Bradbury

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

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

I have my favorite cat, who is my paperweight, on my desk while I am writing. Ray Bradbury

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

Why go to a machine when you could go to a human being? Ray Bradbury

Most members of Congress are politicians. They're bores. Ray Bradbury

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

Everything is generated through your own will power. Ray Bradbury

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

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

I got started as an actor when I was 12. Ray Bradbury

I don't control my writing - it controls me. Ray Bradbury

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