Ray Bradbury Quotes & Wallpapers

Ray Bradbury
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Life should be touched, not strangled. Ray Bradbury

Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers. Ray Bradbury

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

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

The gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly. Ray Bradbury

I would not see our candle blown out in the wind. It is a small thing, this dear gift of life handed us mysteriously out of immensity. I would not have that gift expire... If I seem to be beating a dead horse again and again, I must protest: No! I am beating, again and again, living man to keep him awake and move his limbs and jump his mind... What's the use of looking at Mars through a telescope, sitting on panels, writing books, if it isn't to guarantee, not just the survival of mankind, but mankind surviving forever! Ray Bradbury

The years go by. The time, it does fly. Every single second is a moment in time that passes. And it seems like nothing - but when you're looking back ... well, it amounts to everything. Ray Bradbury

..holding a book but reading the empty spaces. Ray Bradbury

And I saw then and there you take a man half-bad and a women half-bad and put their two good halves together and you got one human all good to share between. Ray Bradbury

When rivers flooded, when fire fell from the sky, what a fine place the library was, the many rooms, the books. With luck, no one found you. How could they!-when you were off to Tanganyika in '98, Cairo in 1812, Florence in 1492!? Ray Bradbury

...passing swiftly on toward further darknesses, but moving also toward a new sun. Ray Bradbury

Any man who can take a TV wall apart and put it back together again, and most men can nowadays, is happier than any man who tries to slide-rule, measure, and equate the universe, which just won't be measured or equated without making man feel bestial and lonely. Ray Bradbury

A library is all the university you will ever need. Ray Bradbury

I take this continent with me into the grave. Ray Bradbury

If you had your way you'd pass a law to abolish all the little jobs, the little things. But then you'd leave yourselves nothing to do between the big jobs and you'd have a devil of a time thinking up things to do so you wouldn't go crazy. Instead of that, why not let nature show you a few things? Cutting grass and pulling weeds can be a way of life, son. Ray Bradbury

I never went to college, so I went to the library. Ray Bradbury

I'm scared of myself. I think I'd be a bad driver. I'm scared of cars, period. I've had too many friends killed now, and I've seen too many people killed in my life when I drove across the country when I was 12. I'm sure that has a lot to do with it. If you see a few real dead bodies with brains on the pavement, it does a lot to change your attitude. It means you can get it too. I've had a lot of relatives killed. I've had a lot of dear friends killed. It's stupid. The whole activity is stupid. Ray Bradbury

Remember, with writing, what you're looking for is just one person to come up and tell you, 'I love you for what you do.' Ray Bradbury

How working for the wrong motives poisons our creativity and warps our ideas of success and failure. Ray Bradbury

The first thing you learn in life is you're a fool. The last thing you learn in life is you're the same fool. Ray Bradbury

I'm not anyone, I'm just myself; whatever I am, I am something, and now I'm something you can't help. Ray Bradbury

"Oh, ancient god, whatever your name," whispered Ahmed. "Help this lost son of a good father, this evil boy who meant no harm but slept in school, ran errands slowly, did not pray from his heart, ignored his mother, and did not hold his family in great esteem. For all this I know I must suffer. But here in the midst of silence, at the desert's heart, where even the wind knows not my name? Must I die so young? Am I to be forgotten without having been?" Ray Bradbury

I don't know anything anymore Ray Bradbury

Writing can be described in two verbs: Throw up and clean up. Ray Bradbury

The television is 'real'. It is immediate, it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in. It must be right. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions your mind hasn't time to protest, 'What nonsense!'. Ray Bradbury

Do' 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

I'm the thing you most desire, you represent the thing I least desire, death. It's just the opposite of love. Ray Bradbury

If you learn only methods, you'll be tied to your methods, but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods. Ray Bradbury

Remember, Montag, we're the happiness boys. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. Ray Bradbury

The reason I shift gears constantly, why I'm doing an opera, why I've done essays, why I've written poetry for years that nobody wanted, why I do short stories and novels and screenplays... is so I will have new ways of failing. This means becoming a student again. Ray Bradbury

It won't work,' Mr. Bentley continued, sipping his tea. 'No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now. Time hypnotizes. When you're nine, you think you've always been nine years old and will always be. When you're thirty, it seems you've always been balanced there on that bright rim of middle life. And then when you turn seventy, you are always and forever seventy. You're in the present, you're trapped in a young now or an old now, but there is no other now to be seen. Ray Bradbury

Where would you like to go, what would you really like to do with your life? See Istanbul, Port Said, Nairobi, Budapest. Write a book. Smoke too many cigarettes. Fall off a cliff but get caught in a tree halfway down. Get shot at a few times in a dark alley on a Morrocan midnight. Love a beautiful woman. Ray Bradbury

He had never liked October. Ever since he had first lay in the autumn leaves before his grandmother's house many years ago and heard the wind and saw the empty trees. It had made him cry, without a reason. And a little of that sadness returned each year to him. It always went away with spring. But, it was a little different tonight. There was a feeling of autumn coming to last a million years. There would be no spring. ("The October Game") Ray Bradbury

I'll be darned!" said Douglas. "I never thought of that. That's brilliant! It's true. Old people never were children!" "And it's kind of sad," said Tom, sitting still."There's nothing we can do to help them. Ray Bradbury

I got a statistic for you right now. Grab your pencil, Doug. There are five billion trees in the world. I looked it up. Under every tree is a shadow, right? So, then, what makes night? I'll tell you: shadows crawling out from under five billion trees! Think of it! Shadows running around in the air, muddying the waters you might say. If only we could figure a way to keep those darn five billion shadows under those trees, we could stay up half the night, Doug, because there'd be no night! Ray Bradbury

The trouble with a lot of people who try to write is they intellectualize about it. That comes after. The intellect is given to us by God to test things once they're done, not to worry about things ahead of time. Ray Bradbury

Don't worry about things. Don't push. Just do your work and you'll survive. The important thing is to have a ball, to be joyful, to be loving and to be explosive. Out of that comes everything and you grow. Ray Bradbury

It could reach up and grab the moon. Ray Bradbury

I don't believe in government. I hate politics. I'm against it. And I hope that sometime this fall, we can destroy part of our government, and next year destroy even more of it. The less government, the happier I will be. Ray Bradbury

The gift of life is so precious that we should feel an obligation to pay back the universe for the gift of being alive. Ray Bradbury

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again-to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more. Ray Bradbury

The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time. The world rushed in a circle and turned on its axis and time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt Time, that meant that everything burnt! Ray Bradbury

My characters talk to one another, and when it reaches a certain pitch of excitement I jump out of bed and run and trap them before they are gone. Ray Bradbury

So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all. Ray Bradbury

At the top of your lungs, shout and listen to the echoes. You must live life at the top of your voice! Ray Bradbury

To feed your Muse, then, you should always have been hungry about life since you were a child. If not, it is a little late to start. Ray Bradbury

Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. Ray Bradbury

We have our Arts so we won't die of Truth Ray Bradbury

How do you get so empty? Who takes it out of you? Ray Bradbury

MOTHER: Why, just lying there, Jim, you run so fast. I never saw anyone move so much, just sleeping. Promise me, Jim. Wherever you go and come back, bring lots of kids. Let them run wild. Let me spoil them, some day. JIM: I'm never going to own anything that can hurt me. Ray Bradbury

We all are rich and ignore the buried fact of accumulated wisdom. Ray Bradbury

Hold summer in your hand, pour summer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the smallest tingling sip, for children; change the season in your veins by raising glass to lip and tilting summer in. Ray Bradbury

The first thing a writer should be is - excited. He should be a thing of fevers and enthusiasms. Without such vigor, he might as well be out picking peaches or digging ditches; God knows it'd be better for his health. Ray Bradbury

I don't understand this whole thing about computers and the superhighway. Who wants to be in touch with all of those people? Ray Bradbury

The trouble with a lot of people who try to write is they intellectualize about it. That comes after. The intellect is given to us by God to test things once they"re done, not to worry about things ahead of time. 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. They may like Henry James, but what if you do' 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 ca' understand why people read them and why they are taught. Ray Bradbury

You feed yourself. Make sure you have all the information, whether it's aesthetic, scientific, mathematical, I don't care what it is. Then you walk away from it and let it ferment. You ignore it and pretend you don't care. Next thing you know, the answer comes. Ray Bradbury

Why all this insistence on the senses? Because in order to convince your reader that he is THERE, you must assault each of his senses, in turn, with color, sound, taste, and texture. If your reader feels the sun on his flesh, the wind fluttering his shirt sleeves, half your fight is won. The most improbable tales can be made believable, if your reader, through his senses, feels certain that he stands at the middle of events. He cannot refuse, then, to participate. The logic of events always gives way to the logic of the senses. Ray Bradbury

And the lesson was this; sit in the sun, head down, within a prickly vine, in a flickery light, or open light, and the world will come to you. The sky will come in its time, bringing rain, and the earth will rise through you, from beneath, and make you rich and make you full. Ray Bradbury

Life is trying things to see if they work. Ray Bradbury

All silence is. All emptiness. And now: The dawn. Ray Bradbury

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

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

We think, I'm not a fool today. I've learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we're not perfect and live accordingly. Ray Bradbury

Why have you been so blind? Why have you never seen? The slave and master in one skin Is all your history, no more, no less Confess! This is what you've been. Ray Bradbury

The news is all rapes and murders we didn't commit, funerals we don't attend, AIDS we don't want to catch. All crammed into a quarter of a minute! But at least we still have a hand with which to switch channels or turn off altogether. Ray Bradbury

Magazines today are almost all stupid and moronic to start with. Ray Bradbury

As soon as I get an idea, I write a short story, or I start a novel, or I do a poem. So I have no need for a notebook. Ray Bradbury

Every so often, late at night, I come downstairs, open one of my books, read a paragraph and say, My God. I sit there and cry because I feel that I'm not responsible for any of this. It's from God. And I'm so grateful, so, so grateful. Ray Bradbury

There are a lot of wonderful women writers who would be good influences on writers. You've got to spread yourself out and educate yourself with all kinds of stories. Ray Bradbury



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