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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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You grow ravenous. You run fevers. You know exhilarations. You can't sleep at night, because your beast-creature ideas want out and turn you in your bed. It is a grand way to live. Ray Bradbury
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What is The Subconscious to every other man, in its creative aspect becomes, for writers, The Muse. Ray Bradbury
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This is the result of six billion years of evolution. Tonight, we have given the lie to gravity.We have reached for the stars. 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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Why live? Life was its own answer. Life was the propagation of more life and the living of as good a life as possible. Ray Bradbury
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Good writers touch life often. Ray Bradbury
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Forget them. Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean. Ray Bradbury
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Memory is an illusion, nothing more. It is a fire that needs constant tending. Ray Bradbury
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I've written about 2,000 short stories; I've only published 300 and I feel I'm still learning. Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer. Ray Bradbury, 1967 interview (Doing the Math - that means for every story he sold, he wrote six "un-publishable" ones. Keep typing!) Ray Bradbury
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And when he died, I suddenly realized I wasn't crying for him at all, but for the things he did. I cried because he would never do them again... Ray Bradbury
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Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there was it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. Ray Bradbury
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Why the Egyptian, Arabic, Abyssinian, Choctaw? Well, what tongue does the wind talk? What nationality is a storm? What country do rains come from? What color is lightning? Where does thunder goe when it dies? Ray Bradbury
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Get the big truth first. If you get the big truth, the small truths will accumulate around it. Ray Bradbury
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Why then you're as mad as me. No, madder. For I distrust 'reality' and its moron mother, the universe, while you fasten your innocence to fallible devices which pretend at happy endings. Ray Bradbury
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First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him. 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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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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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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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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Orwell was dealing with communism and his disillusionment with communism in Russia and what he saw the communists do in Spain. His novel was a response to those political situations. Whereas I was interested in more things than the political atmosphere. I was considering the whole social atmosphere: the impact of TV and radio and the lack of education. I could see the coming event of schoolteachers not teaching reading anymore. The less they taught, the more you wouldn't need books. 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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If Blake said that, said Father Brian, he never lived in Dublin. 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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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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Fantasies are things that can't happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen. Ray Bradbury
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The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. Ray Bradbury
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The most improbable tales can be made believable, if your reader, through his sense, feels certain that he stands at the middle of events. 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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I am a dedicated madman, and that becomes its own training. If you can't resist, if the typewriter is like candy to you, you train yourself for a lifetime. Every single day of your life, some wild new thing to be done. You write to please yourself. You write for the joy of writing. Then your public reads you and it begins to gather around your selling a potato peeler in an alley, you know. The enthusiasm, the joy itself draws me. So that means every day of my life I've written. When the joy stops, I'll stop writing. 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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Oh come, please come, to the Poor Mouth Fair Where the Saints kneel round in their underwear And say out prayers that most need saying For needful sinners who've forgotten praying; And in every alcove and niche you spy The living dead who envy the long since gone Who never wished to die. Ray Bradbury
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There is no reason to write pornography when your own sex life is good. Why waste time writing about it? Ray Bradbury
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When I wrote the novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, the first draft was a hundred and fifty thousand words. So I went through and cut out fifty thousand. It's important to get out of your own way. Clean the kindling away, the rubbish. Make it clear. Ray Bradbury
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