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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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How to feel your way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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It was a great place to write a novel about book burning, in the library basement. Ray Bradbury
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If you write a hundred short stories and they're all bad, that doesn't mean you've failed. You fail only if you stop writing. Ray Bradbury
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Writing is not a serious business. It's a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it. 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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How talented was death. How many expressions and manipulations of hand, face, body, no two alike. Ray Bradbury
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We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. Ray Bradbury
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Melt all the guns, I thought, break the knives, burn the guillotines-and the malicious will still write letters that kill. Ray Bradbury
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For everyone nowadays knows, absolutely is CERTAIN, that nothing bad will ever happen to ME. Others die, I go on. There are no consequences and no responsibilities. Except that there ARE. But let's not talk about them, eh? By the time the consequences catch up to you, it's too late, isn't it, Montag? Ray Bradbury
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You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was young I shoved my ignorance in people's faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn. Ray Bradbury
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We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. Ray Bradbury
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The world, like a great iris of an even more gigantic eye, which has also just opened and stretched out to encompass everything, stared back at him. Ray Bradbury
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... bums on the outside, libraries inside. Ray Bradbury
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and sleeping put an end to summer, 1928, Ray Bradbury
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A book has got to smell. You have to hold it in your hands and pray to it. Ray Bradbury
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I came on the old and best ways of writing through ignorance and experiment and was startled when truths leaped out of brushes like quail before gunshot. Ray Bradbury
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That's the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you. Ray Bradbury
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The only good writing is intuitive writing. It would be a big bore if you knew where it was going. It has to be exciting, instantaneous and it has to be a surprise. Then it all comes blurting out and it's beautiful. I've had a sign by my typewriter for 25 years now which reads, 'DON'T THINK!' Ray Bradbury
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Science-fiction balances you on the cliff. Fantasy shoves you off. Ray Bradbury
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The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts. Ray Bradbury
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We should go to the moon and prepare a base to fire a rocket off to Mars and then go to Mars and colonize Mars. Then when we do that, we will live forever. Ray Bradbury
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If you're reluctant to weep, you won't live a full and complete life. Ray Bradbury
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What church could compete with the fireworks of the pure soul? Ray Bradbury
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You're insane!" "I won't argue that point. Ray Bradbury
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But no man's a hero to himself. I've lived with me a lifetime. I know everything worth knowing about myself-" ~Something Wicked This Way Comes 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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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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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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