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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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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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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've always known that the quality of love was the mind, even though the body sometimes refuses this knowledge. The body lives for itself. It lives only to feed and wait for the night. It's essentially nocturnal. But what of the mind which is born of the sun, William, and must spend thousands of hours of a lifetime awake and aware? Can you balance off the body, that pitiful, selfish thing of night against a whole lifetime of sun and intellect? I don't know. I only know there has been your mind here and my mind here, and the afternoons have been like none I can remember. Ray Bradbury
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What are you up to now?" "I'm sill crazy. The rain feels good. I love to walk in it. Ray Bradbury
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The average TV commercial of sixty seconds has one hundred and twenty half-second clips in it, or one-third of a second. We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for thinking. Ray Bradbury
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I am a child of the poisonous wind that copulated with the East River on an oil-slick, garbage infested midnight. I turn about on my own parentage. I inoculate against those very biles that brought me to light. I am a serum born of venoms. I am the antibody of all Time. I am the Cure. You do of the City, do you not? Manhattan is your punisher, let me be you shield. Ray Bradbury
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But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can't last. Ray Bradbury
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But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom, the solid unmoving cattle of the majority Ray Bradbury
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We have everything we need to be happy but we aren't happy. Something is missing... It is not books you need, it's some of the things that are in books. 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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But most of all, 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 are going. Sometimes I even go to Fun parks and ride in the jet cars when they race on the edge of town at midnight and the police don't care as long as they're insured. As long as everyone has ten thousand insurance everyone's happy. Sometimes I sneak around and listen in subways. Or I listen at soda fountains, and do you know what? People don't talk about anything. Ray Bradbury
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Suddenly the day was gone, night came out from under each tree and spread. Ray Bradbury
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Think of Shakespeare and Melville and you think of thunder, lightning, wind. They all knew the joy of creating in large or small forms, on unlimited or restricted canvases. These are the children of the gods. Ray Bradbury
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Notoriety and a fat bank balance must come after everything else is finished and done. Ray Bradbury
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He knew what the wind was doing to them, where it was taking them, to all the secret places that were never so secret again in life. Ray Bradbury
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The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn, a philosophical hour, and thus a melancholy hour. Ray Bradbury
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Who has more pockets than a magician? A boy. Whose pockets contain *more* than a magicians? A boy's. Ray Bradbury
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In my later years I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I've worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior. Ray Bradbury
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Surprise is where creativity comes in. Ray Bradbury
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I don't need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me. Ray Bradbury
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Venice was and is full of lost places where people put up for sale the last worn bits of their souls, hoping no one will buy. Ray Bradbury
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So few want to be rebels anymore. And out of those few, most, like myself, scare easily. Ray Bradbury
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The ability to "fantasize" is the ability to survive. It's wonderful to speak about this subject because there have been so many wrong-headed people dealing with it.... The so-called realists are trying to drive us insane, and I refuse to be driven insane.... We survive by fantasizing. Take that away from us and the whole damned human race goes down the drain. Ray Bradbury
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You're either in love with what you do, or you're not in love. Ray Bradbury
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When your dawn theater sounds to clear your sinuses: don't delay. Jump. Those voices may be gone before you hit the shower to align your wits. Speed is everything. The 90-mph dash to your machine is a sure cure for life rampant and death most real. Make haste to live. Oh, God, yes. Live. And write. With great haste. Ray Bradbury
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And suddenly everything, absolutely everything, was there. Ray Bradbury
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Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness. Ray Bradbury
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[He] was always here to offer cups of good clear Walden Pond, or shout down the deep well of Shakespeare and listen, with satisfaction, for echoes. Here the lion and the hartebeest lay together, here the jackass became a unicorn. Ray Bradbury
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Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction. Ray Bradbury
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I feel I'm doing what I should've done a lifetime ago. For a little while I'm not afraid. Maybe it's because I'm doing the right thing at last. Maybe it's because I've done a rash thing and don't want to look the coward to you. Ray Bradbury
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Kill two birds with one stone, feed the homeless to the hungry. Ray Bradbury
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Teachers are to inspire; librarians are to fulfill. Ray Bradbury
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Nobody listens anymore. I can't talk to the walls because they're yelling at me, I can't talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough it'll make sense. And I want you to teach me to understand what I read. Ray Bradbury
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For if we're destroyed, the knowledge is dead...We're nothing more than dust jackets for books...so many pages to a person... Ray Bradbury
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Digression is the soul of wit. Ray Bradbury
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Beer's intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it. Ray Bradbury
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If you don't like what you're doing, then don't do it. Ray Bradbury
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Once the automobile appeared you could have predicted that it would destroy as many people as it did. Ray Bradbury
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Touch a scientist and you touch a child. Ray Bradbury
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Burroughs is crap. Crap. Ray Bradbury
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If I'd found out that Norman Mailer liked me. I'd have killed myself. Ray Bradbury
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Most of my short stories are fantasy. Ray Bradbury
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In Hollywood, they think they know it all. You, as a writer, are essentially an outsider. Novelists and short-story writers, especially. Ray Bradbury
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When you're older you want to learn from other people. Ray Bradbury
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A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. An old book smells like ancient Egypt. Ray Bradbury
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My job is to help you fall in love. Ray Bradbury
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I am not a science fiction writer. I am a fantasy writer. But the label got put on me and stuck. Ray Bradbury
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Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land? I loved to smell them when I was a boy. Lord, there were a lot of lovely books once, before we let them go. Ray Bradbury
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Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge. Ray Bradbury
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I'm really alive! he thought. I never knew it before, or if I did I don't remember! Ray Bradbury
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Life is like underwear, should be changed twice a day. Ray Bradbury
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Life shoould be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at other move forward with it. Ray Bradbury
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Thinking little at all about nothing in particular. Ray Bradbury
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Why love the woman who is your wife? Her nose breathes in the air of a world that I know; therefore I love that nose. Her ears hear music I might sing half the night through; therefore I love her ears. Her eyes delight in seasons of the land; and so I love those eyes. Her tongue knows quince, peach, chokeberry, mint and lime; I love to hear it speaking. Because her flesh knows heat, cold, affliction, I know fire, snow, and pain. Shared and once again shared experience. Ray Bradbury
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The critics are generally wrong, or they're fifteen, twenty years late. It's a great shame. They miss out on a lot. Ray Bradbury
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There where hundreds of graves. There where hundreds of women. There were hundreds of daughters. There were hundreds of sons. And hundreds upon hundreds upon thousands of candles. The whole graveyard was one swarm of candleshine as if a population of fireflies had heard of a Grand Conglomeration and had flown here to settle in and flame upon the stones and light the brown faces and the dark eyes and the black hair. Ray Bradbury
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He says I'm a regular onion! I keep him busy peeling away the layers. Ray Bradbury
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