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Ray Bradbury
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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
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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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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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How do you get so empty? Who takes it out of you? 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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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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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
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We all are rich and ignore the buried fact of accumulated wisdom. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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Life is trying things to see if they work. 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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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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Richard Bach with this book does two things. He gives me Flight. He makes me Young. For both I am deeply grateful. Ray Bradbury
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We're all fools... all the time. It's just we're a different kind each day. 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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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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I prefer to see myself as the Janus, the two-faced god who is half Pollyanna and half Cassandra, warning of the future and perhaps living too much in the past a combination of both. Ray Bradbury
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