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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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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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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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I don't need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me. 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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Thinking little at all about nothing in particular. 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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How to feel your way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull. 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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This afternoon, burn down the house. Tomorrow, pour critical water upon the simmering coals. Time enough to think and cut and rewrite tomorrow. But today-explode-f ly-apart-disint egrate! The other six or seven drafts are going to be pure torture. So why not enjoy the first draft, in the hope that your joy will seek and find others in the world who, by reading your story, will catch fire, too? Ray Bradbury
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My tunes and numbers are here. They have filled my years, the years when I refused to die. And in order to do that I wrote, I wrote, I wrote, at noon or 3:00 A.M. So as not to be dead. Ray Bradbury
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He felt his smile slide away, melt, fold over and down on itself like a tallow skin, like the stuff of a fantastic candle burning too long and now collapsing and now blown out. Ray Bradbury
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My job is to help you fall in love. Ray Bradbury
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There is only one type of story in the world-your story. Ray Bradbury
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I like to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking, and watch the sun rise. 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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Libraries are the center of our lives. There's no use going to a university if you don't live at the library. Ray Bradbury
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Friendship is an island that you retreat to and you all fall on the floor and laugh at all the other ninnies that don't have enough brains to have your good taste. Ray Bradbury
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My stories run up and bite me in the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off. 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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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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[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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A science fiction story is just an attempt to solve a problem that exists in the world, sometimes a moral problem, sometimes a physical or social or theological problem. Ray Bradbury
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I write all of my novels and stories, as you have seen, in a great surge of delightful passion. Only recently, glancing at the novel, I realized that Montag is named after a paper manufacturing company. And Faber, of course, is a maker of pencils! What a sly thing my subconscious was, to name them thus. And not tell me! Ray Bradbury
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I don't write science fiction. I've only done one science fiction book and that's Fahrenheit 451, based on reality. Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal. Ray Bradbury
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Everyone has a telephone. Whether they can afford it or not. It's one of those things that people have, regardless of their income. Ray Bradbury
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YOUR INFLUENCE ON US ALL, FROM 1939 ON, CANNOT BE MEASURED. I CAN ONLY SAY I REMEMBER, WARMLY, YOUR MANY KINDNESSES TO ME WHEN I WAS 19-20-21 YEARS OLD. THAT YOUNG MAN BASKED IN YOUR LIGHT AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP YOU OFFERED WHEN I WAS SO POOR & NEEDFUL! Ray Bradbury
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I'm being ironic. Don't interrupt a man in the midst of being ironic, it's not polite. Ray Bradbury
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I've done a prideful thing, a thing more sinful than she ever done to me. I took the bottom out of her life. Ray Bradbury
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A single face turned upward toward all Time One flesh, one ecstasy, one peace. Ray Bradbury
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I am the dreamer and the doer I the hearer and the knower I the giver and the taker I the sword and the wound of sword. If this be true, then let sword fall free from hand. I embrace myself. I laugh until I weep And weep until I smile... Ray Bradbury
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Don't tell me how to write my novel. Don't tell me you've got a better ending for it. I have no time for that. Ray Bradbury
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