Ray Bradbury Quotes & Wallpapers

Ray Bradbury
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We are an impossibility in an impossible universe. Ray Bradbury

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

I have spent my life going from mania to mania. Somehow it has all paid off. Ray Bradbury

I love all of the arts. I love motion pictures. I love stage. I love theater. Ray Bradbury

I write screenplays in the middle of the night. Ray Bradbury

There's no one way to be creative. Any old way will work. Ray Bradbury

Millions of students now, in all the schools of America, are reading science fiction and especially, thank God, 'The Martian Chronicles.' Ray Bradbury

We've got to dumb America up again. Ray Bradbury

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

Electronic books are junk. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

If Blake said that, said Father Brian, he never lived in Dublin. Ray Bradbury

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

Disbelief is catching. It rubs off on people. Ray Bradbury

I don't need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me. Ray Bradbury

Action is hope. At the end of each day, when you've done your work, you lie there and think, Well, I'll be damned, I did this today. It doesn't matter how good it is, or how bad-you did it. At the end of the week you'll have a certain amount of accumulation. At the end of a year, you look back and say, I'll be damned, it's been a good year. Ray Bradbury

There is only one type of story in the world-your story. Ray Bradbury

I like to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking, and watch the sun rise. Ray Bradbury

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

He says I'm a regular onion! I keep him busy peeling away the layers. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

How to feel your way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull. Ray Bradbury

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

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

Life is like underwear, should be changed twice a day. Ray Bradbury

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

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

What are you up to now?" "I'm sill crazy. The rain feels good. I love to walk in it. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom, the solid unmoving cattle of the majority Ray Bradbury

My job is to help you fall in love. Ray Bradbury

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

So there you have it, a lifetime of first smelling the books, they all smell wonderful, reading the books, loving the books, and remembering the books. Ray Bradbury

We meet on the common ground of an uncommon age and share out our gifts of dark and light, good and bad, simple joy and not so simple sorrow. Ray Bradbury

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

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

Suddenly the day was gone, night came out from under each tree and spread. Ray Bradbury

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

Notoriety and a fat bank balance must come after everything else is finished and done. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

I'll be damned if death wears my sadness as glad rags. Ray Bradbury

Who has more pockets than a magician? A boy. Whose pockets contain *more* than a magicians? A boy's. Ray Bradbury

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

Surprise is where creativity comes in. Ray Bradbury

Mars is empty now. Five hundred years from now, it'll be full of people. Ray Bradbury

We should have stayed on the moon. We should have made moon the base, instead of building space stations, which are fragile and which fly apart. Ray Bradbury

You either have an imaginative mind or you don't. All of my writing is God-given. I don't write my stories - they write themselves. Ray Bradbury

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

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

Stuff your eyes with wonder. Ray Bradbury


I'm being ironic. Don't interrupt a man in the midst of being ironic, it's not polite. Ray Bradbury

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

A single face turned upward toward all Time One flesh, one ecstasy, one peace. Ray Bradbury

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

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

I was the little boy who would get up on-stage and do magic wearing a fake mustache, which would fall off during the performance. I'm still trying to perform those tricks. Now I do it with writing. Ray Bradbury

But at least I don't suffer from self-deluding identity problem like, say, Carl Sagan does. Ray Bradbury

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

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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