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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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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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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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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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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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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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If Blake said that, said Father Brian, he never lived in Dublin. 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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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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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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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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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 mean, you don't just love people, you must LOVE them with exclamation points. Ray Bradbury
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When the wind is right, a faint odor of kerosene is exhaled from Senator McCarthy. Ray Bradbury
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The train skimmed on softly, slithering, black pennants fluttering, black confetti lost on its own sick-sweet candy wind, down the hill, with the two boys pursuing, the air was so cold they ate ice cream with each breath. Ray Bradbury
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I am a librarian. I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library. Before I fell in love with libraries, I was just a six-year-old boy. The library fueled all of my curiosities, from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt. When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week. I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was twenty-seven. I discovered that the library is the real school. Ray Bradbury
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There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist/Unitarian, Irish/Italian/Octogenarian/Zen Buddhist, Zionist/Seventh-day Adventist, Women's Lib/Republican, Mattachine/FourSquareGospel feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme. Ray Bradbury
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Here at this far lost end of the continent, where the trail wagons had stopped and the people with them.... 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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The books leapt and danced like roasted birds, their wings ablaze with red and yellow feathers. 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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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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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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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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