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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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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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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
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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
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There are two races of people - men and women - no matter what women's libbers would have you pretend. The male is motivated by toys and science because men are born with no purpose in the universe except to procreate. There is lots of time to kill beyond that. They've got to find work. Men have no inherent center to themselves beyond procreating. Women, however, are born with a center. They can create the universe, mother it, teach it, nurture it. Men read science fiction to build the future. Women don't need to read it. They are the future. Ray Bradbury
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The stars are yours, if you have the head, the hands, and the heart for them. Ray Bradbury
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The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us. Ray Bradbury
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I ate them like salad, books were my sandwich for lunch, my tiffin and dinner and midnight munch. I tore out the pages, ate them with salt, doused them with relish, gnawed on the bindings, turned the chapters with my tongue! Books by the dozen, the score and the billion. I carried so many home I was hunchbacked for years. Philosophy, art history, politics, social science, the poem, the essay, the grandiose play, you name 'em, I ate 'em. Ray Bradbury
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You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... 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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Why is it," he said, one time, at the subway entrance, "I feel I've known you so many years?" "Because I like you," she said, "and I don't want anything from you. Ray Bradbury
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How working for the wrong motives poisons our creativity and warps our ideas of success and failure. Ray Bradbury
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..holding a book but reading the empty spaces. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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...passing swiftly on toward further darknesses, but moving also toward a new sun. Ray Bradbury
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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
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A library is all the university you will ever need. Ray Bradbury
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I take this continent with me into the grave. Ray Bradbury
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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
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I never went to college, so I went to the library. Ray Bradbury
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Sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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It could reach up and grab the moon. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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At the top of your lungs, shout and listen to the echoes. You must live life at the top of your voice! Ray Bradbury
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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
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Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. Ray Bradbury
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We have our Arts so we won't die of Truth Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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
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Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers. Ray Bradbury
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I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves - you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories. Ray Bradbury
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I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it. Ray Bradbury
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There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. Ray Bradbury
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Painting fulfills a need to be non-intellectual. There are times when we have to get our brains out in our fingers. Ray Bradbury
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The huge round lunar clock was a gristmill. Shake down all the grains of Time-the big grains of centuries, and the small grains of years, and the tiny grains of hours and minutes-and the clock pulverized them, slid Time silently out in all directions in a fine pollen, carried by cold winds to blanket the town like dust, everywhere. Spores from that clock lodged in your flesh to wrinkle it, to grow bones to monstrous size, to burst feet from shoes like turnips. Oh, how that great machine...dispensed Time in blowing weathers. Ray Bradbury
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There was her face, like a summer peach, beautiful and warm, and the light of the candles reflected in her dark eyes. [He] held his breath. The entire world waited and held its breath. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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I'm the thing you most desire, you represent the thing I least desire, death. It's just the opposite of love. Ray Bradbury
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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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If someone sends you a love letter you've got to answer back. Ray Bradbury
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The history of science fiction started in the caves 20,000 years ago. The ideas on the walls of the cave were problems to be solved. It's problem solving. Primitive scientific knowledge, primitive dreams, primitive blueprinting: to solve problems. Ray Bradbury
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As a result of reading science fiction when I was eight, I grew up with an interest in music, architecture, city planning, transportation, politics, ethics, aesthetics on any level, art...it's just total! It's a complete commitment to the whole human race on all the Earth. That's what science fiction is about. Ray Bradbury
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You must never name the goal. You must never tell us the target you're hitting for. You must automatically go toward it without ever naming it. Ray Bradbury
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I don't like the kind of writer who's out to change the world and beat up on people for their own good. Stalin did that and Hitler did that, and to hell with them. Ray Bradbury
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There are certain kinds of people who write science fiction. I think a lot of us married late. A lot of us are mama's boys. I lived at home until I was 27. But most of the writers I know in any field, especially science fiction, grew up late. They're so interested in doing what they do and in their science, they don't think about other things. Ray Bradbury
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All silence is. All emptiness. And now: The dawn. 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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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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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
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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
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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
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Magazines today are almost all stupid and moronic to start with. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. 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
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