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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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Sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. 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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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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How working for the wrong motives poisons our creativity and warps our ideas of success and failure. 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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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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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 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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