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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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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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I'll be damned if death wears my sadness as glad rags. 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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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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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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Mars is empty now. Five hundred years from now, it'll be full of people. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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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Stuff your eyes with wonder. 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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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
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But at least I don't suffer from self-deluding identity problem like, say, Carl Sagan does. 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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Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together. Ray Bradbury
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I've only written one science-fiction book: 'Fahrenheit 451.' That book is a book based on real facts and my hatred of people who destroy books. Ray Bradbury
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If an idea isn't exciting, you shouldn't do it. Ray Bradbury
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All my stories are like the Greek and Roman myths, and the Egyptian myths, and the Old and New Testament. Ray Bradbury
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I don't go around thinking I'm Ray Bradbury all the time. Ray Bradbury
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I don't believe in colleges and universities. Ray Bradbury
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I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. Ray Bradbury
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My favorite writers have been those who've said things well. Ray Bradbury
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You have to be very productive in order to become excellent. You have to go through a poor period and a mediocre period, and then you move into your excellent period. It may be very well be that some of you have done quite a bit of writing already. You maybe ready to move into your good period and your excellent period. But you shouldn't be surprised if it becomes a very long process. Ray Bradbury
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Every day is Christmas Day to a dog. Ray Bradbury
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The wind outside nested in each tree, prowled the sidewalks in invisible treads like unseen cats. Tom Skelton shivered. Anyone could see that the wind was a special wind this night, and the darkness took on a special feel because it was All Hallows' Eve. Everything seemed cut from soft black velvet or gold or orange velvet. Smoke panted up out of a thousand chimneys like the plumes of funeral parades. From kitchen windows drifted two pumpkin smells: gourds being cut, pies being baked. Ray Bradbury
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That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Ray Bradbury
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...We're allotted a little space on earth and that we survive in that wilderness that can take back what it has given, as easily as blowing its breath on us or sending the sea to tell us we are not so big. When we forget how close the wilderness is in the night, my grandpa said, someday it will come in and get us, for we will have forgotten how terrible and real it can be. Ray Bradbury
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They whispered to Caesar that he was mortal, then sold daggers at half-price in the grand March sale. Ray Bradbury
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When a man talks from his heart, in his moment of truth, he speaks poetry. Ray Bradbury
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How many times can a man go down and still be alive? Ray Bradbury
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Don't write for money. Write because you love to do something. If you write for money, you won't write anything worth reading. Ray Bradbury
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I don't like realism. We already know the real facts about li[fe], most of the basic facts. I'm not interested in repeating what we already know. We know about sex, about violence, about murder, about war. All these things, by the time we're 18, we're up to here. From there on we need interpreters. We need poets. We need philosophers. We need theologians, who take the same basic facts and work with them and help us make do with those facts. Facts alone are not enough. It's interpretation. Ray Bradbury
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Halloween. Sly does it. Tiptoe catspaws. Slide and creep. But why? What for? How? Who? When! Where did it all begin? 'You don't know, do you?' asks Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud climbing out under the pile of leaves under the Halloween Tree. 'You don't really know!' Ray Bradbury
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Write a thousand words a day and in three years you'll be a writer! Ray Bradbury
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Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change. Don't give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy. Ray Bradbury
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I feel like I've been saving up a lot of things, and I don't know what. Ray Bradbury
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Write. Don't think. Relax. Ray Bradbury
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When you go home tonight, make a list of the people who are impediments, who don't believe in you, and call them up and tell them, 'Get the hell out of my life.' You don't need them. Writing is tough enough without having people around you who contribute to a writer's insecurity. Ray Bradbury
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I"ve learned that by doing things, things get done Ray Bradbury
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You knew the sweetness of now, now, TONIGHT! who cares for tomorrow, tomorrow is nothing, yesterday is over and done, tonight live, tonight! 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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You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. Ray Bradbury
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Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible. Ray Bradbury
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You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. Ray Bradbury
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You fail only if you stop writing. Ray Bradbury
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Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together. Ray Bradbury
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Everybody has forgotten that Russia helped start the Second World War. Ray Bradbury
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When I was seven or eight years old, I began to read the science-fiction magazines that were brought by guests into my grandparents' boarding house in Waukegan, Illinois. Those were the years when Hugo Gernsback was publishing 'Amazing Stories,' with vivid, appallingly imaginative cover paintings that fed my hungry imagination. Ray Bradbury
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In order for a thing to be horrible it has to suffer a change you can recognize. Ray Bradbury
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Out in the world not much happened. But here in the special night, a land bricked with paper and leather anything might happen, always did. Ray Bradbury
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So it was the hand that started it all . . . His hands had been infected, and soon it would be his arms . . . His hands were ravenous. Ray Bradbury
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From this outer edge of his life, looking back, there was only one remorse, and that was only that he wished to go on living. Did all dying people feel this way, as if they had never lived? Did life seem that short, indeed, over and done before you took a breath? Did it seem this abrupt and impossible to everyone, or only to himself, here, now, with a few hours left to him for thought and deliberation? Ray Bradbury
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I am madness maddened when it comes to books, writers, and the great granary silos where their wits are stored. Ray Bradbury
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You ask Why to a lot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed, if you keep at it. The poor girl's better off dead 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. Ray Bradbury
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