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Ray Bradbury
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The great thing about my life is that everything I've done is a result of what I was when I was 12 or 13, Ray Bradbury
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I was one of Them: the Strange Ones. The Funny People. The Odd Tribes of autograph collectors and photographers. The Ones who waited through long days and nights, who used other people's dreams for their lives. Ray Bradbury
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If Blake said that, said Father Brian, he never lived in Dublin. Ray Bradbury
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One year Halloween came on October 24, three hours after midnight. At that time, James Nightshade of 97 Oak Street was thirteen years, eleven months, twenty-three days old. Next door, William Halloway was thirteen years, eleven months, and twenty-four days old. Both touched toward fourteen; it almost trembled in their hands. And that was the October week when they grew up overnight, and were never so young any more... Ray Bradbury
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And some days, he went on, were days of hearing every trump and trill of the universe. Some days were good for tasting and some for touching. And some days were good for all the senses at once. This day now, he nodded, smelled as if a great and nameless orchard had grown up overnight beyond the hills to fill the entire visible land with its warm freshness. The air felt like rain, but there were no clouds. Ray Bradbury
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We are all . . . children of this universe. Not just Earth, or Mars, or this system, but the whole grand fireworks. And if we are interested in Mars at all, it is only because we wonder over our past and worry terribly about our possible future. Ray Bradbury
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All of the good, weird stories I've written are based on things I've dredged out of my subconscious. That's the real stuff. Everything else is fake. Ray Bradbury
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We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Ray Bradbury
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When I was a young man, I didn't think about having a family. My wife and I were too poor to have babies. Then all of a sudden, one came along and scared the hell out of us because we had no money. Once the baby arrives, you make do somehow. You fall in love with the baby and life adjusts itself. You find you don't need as much money as you thought. When that happens, you can ask the questions that should have come before the baby. Ray Bradbury
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Since everything is but an apparition, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter. Longchenpa Let's stuff our eyes with wonder, let's live as if we'd drop dead in ten seconds. Let's see the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ray Bradbury
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If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
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Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ray Bradbury
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Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
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I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library. Ray Bradbury
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The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible. Ray Bradbury
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Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I'm borrowing energy from the ideas themselves. Ray Bradbury
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We are an impossibility in an impossible universe. Ray Bradbury
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There is too much government today. We've got to remember the government should be by the people, of the people, and for the people. Ray Bradbury
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I have spent my life going from mania to mania. Somehow it has all paid off. Ray Bradbury
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I love all of the arts. I love motion pictures. I love stage. I love theater. Ray Bradbury
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I write screenplays in the middle of the night. Ray Bradbury
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There's no one way to be creative. Any old way will work. Ray Bradbury
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Millions of students now, in all the schools of America, are reading science fiction and especially, thank God, 'The Martian Chronicles.' Ray Bradbury
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We've got to dumb America up again. Ray Bradbury
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You can't 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 don't. They have prejudices. They may like Henry James, but what if you don't want to write like Henry James? They may like John Irving, for instance, who's the bore of all time. Ray Bradbury
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Electronic books are junk. Ray Bradbury
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First grade is very cheap. It's the later grades where you have to spend a lot of money if you don't do it right. Ray Bradbury
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My personal telephone book is a book of the dead now. I'm so old. Almost all of my friends have died, and I don't have the guts to take their names out of the book. Ray Bradbury
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The major networks, the cable networks, they're being prosecutors. They're judges and jurors and executioners. Well, c'mon, that's ridiculous. But they're doing it. Ray Bradbury
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Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there. Ray Bradbury
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For John was running, and this was terrible. Because if you ran, time ran. You yelled and screamed and raced and rolled and tumbled and all of a sudden the sun was gone and the whistle was blowing and you were on your long way home to supper. When you weren't looking, the sun got around behind you! The only way to keep things slow was to watch everything and do nothing! You could stretch a day to three days, sure, just by watching! Ray Bradbury
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No person ever died that had a family. Ray Bradbury
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Science Fiction has always been and will always be a fable teacher of morality. Ray Bradbury
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A Witch is born out of the true hungers of her time," she said. "I was born out of New York. The things that are most wrong here summoned me. ("Drink Entire: Against The Madness Of Crowds") Ray Bradbury
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Way out in the country tonight he could smell the pumpkins ripening toward the knife and the triangle eye and the singeing candle. Ray Bradbury
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Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damm insane mistakes! Ray Bradbury
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We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things. Ray Bradbury
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I like to watch people. Sometimes I ride the subway all day and look at them and listen to them. I just want to figure out who they are and what they want and where they're going. Ray Bradbury
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You can't 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 don't. They have prejudices. Ray Bradbury
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No," said a voice, "the only thing wrong on a night like that is that there is a world and you must come back to it. Ray Bradbury
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The jungle looked back at them with a vastness, a breathing moss-and-leaf silence, with a billion diamond and emerald insect eyes. Ray Bradbury
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Disbelief is catching. It rubs off on people. Ray Bradbury
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What's the point of having a library full of books you've already read? Ray Bradbury
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Have you ever watched the jet cars race on the boulevard?...I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly...If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! He'd say, that's grass! A pink blur! That's a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. Ray Bradbury
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The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies. Ray Bradbury
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My gosh, if you're going away, we got a million things to talk about! All the things we would've talked about next month, the month after! Praying mantises, zeppelins, acrobats, sword swallowers! Ray Bradbury
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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
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Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating, by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer's make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road he wants to go. I would only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto. Ray Bradbury
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It's important to read a book, but also to hold the book, to smell the book... it's perfume, it's incense, it's the dust of Egypt... Ray Bradbury
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I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years. Ray Bradbury
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Reality and Fiction are different in that fiction has to make sense. Ray Bradbury
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Get rid of those friends of yours who make fun of you and don't believe in you. And when you leave here tonight, go home, make a phone call and fire them. Anyone that doesn't believe in you and your future, to hell with them. Ray Bradbury
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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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Life is about trying things to see if they work. Ray Bradbury
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In our time the search for extraterrestrial life will eventually change our laws, our religions, our philosophies, our arts, our recreations, as well as our sciences. Space, the mirror, waits for life to come look for itself there. Ray Bradbury
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You don't have to worry about the future, you don't worry about the past - you just explode. Ray Bradbury
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I"ve often been accused of being too emotional and sentimental, but I believe in honest sentiment, and the need to purge ourselves at certain times, which is ancient. Men would live at least five or six more years and not have ulcers if they could cry better. Ray Bradbury
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Do' think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. Ray Bradbury
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If you have to ask yourself whether or not you love a girl or you love a boy, forget it. You don't. Ray Bradbury
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I'm ALIVE. Thinking about it, noticing it, is new. You do things and do' watch. Then all of a sudden you look and see what you're doing and it's the first time, really. Ray Bradbury
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You do' question Providence. If you ca' have the reality, a dream is just as good. Ray Bradbury
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I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it"ll make sense. Ray Bradbury
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I don't like to go to theaters, because I don't like the way most people behave in theaters. Ray Bradbury
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Any carefully planned thing destroys the creativity. You can't think your way through a story; you have to live it. So, you don't build a story; you allow it to explode. Ray Bradbury
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Television is very dangerous. Because it repeats and repeats and repeats our disasters, instead of our triumphs. Ray Bradbury
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The world doesn't give a damn about you unless you do something. Those are the rules; I didn't make them. If you are lazy, if you don't get the work that you love done, the world won't care if you die tomorrow and go into the grave and are gone and forgotten forever. Ray Bradbury
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Science and religion have to go hand in hand with the mystery, because there's a certain point beyond which you say, "There are no answers." Ray Bradbury
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There they go, off to Mars, just for the ride, thinking that they will find a planet like a seer's crystal, in which to read a miraculous future. What they'll find, instead, is the somewhat shopworn image of themselves. Mars is a mirror, not a crystal. Ray Bradbury
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I believe the universe created us - we are an audience for miracles. In that sense, I guess, I'm religious. Ray Bradbury
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Ignorance is fatal. Ray Bradbury
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