Ray Bradbury Quotes & Wallpapers

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

Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge. Ray Bradbury

I'm really alive! he thought. I never knew it before, or if I did I don't remember! Ray Bradbury

Thinking little at all about nothing in particular. Ray Bradbury

So few want to be rebels anymore. And out of those few, most, like myself, scare easily. Ray Bradbury

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

You're either in love with what you do, or you're not in love. Ray Bradbury

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

And suddenly everything, absolutely everything, was there. Ray Bradbury

Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness. Ray Bradbury

[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

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

Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction. Ray Bradbury

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

Kill two birds with one stone, feed the homeless to the hungry. Ray Bradbury

Teachers are to inspire; librarians are to fulfill. Ray Bradbury

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

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

Digression is the soul of wit. Ray Bradbury

Beer's intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it. Ray Bradbury

If you don't like what you're doing, then don't do it. Ray Bradbury

Once the automobile appeared you could have predicted that it would destroy as many people as it did. Ray Bradbury

Touch a scientist and you touch a child. Ray Bradbury

Burroughs is crap. Crap. Ray Bradbury

If I'd found out that Norman Mailer liked me. I'd have killed myself. Ray Bradbury

Most of my short stories are fantasy. Ray Bradbury

In Hollywood, they think they know it all. You, as a writer, are essentially an outsider. Novelists and short-story writers, especially. Ray Bradbury

When you're older you want to learn from other people. Ray Bradbury

I am not a science fiction writer. I am a fantasy writer. But the label got put on me and stuck. Ray Bradbury

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

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

Every day is Christmas Day to a dog. Ray Bradbury

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

That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Ray Bradbury

...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

They whispered to Caesar that he was mortal, then sold daggers at half-price in the grand March sale. Ray Bradbury

When a man talks from his heart, in his moment of truth, he speaks poetry. Ray Bradbury

How many times can a man go down and still be alive? Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

Write a thousand words a day and in three years you'll be a writer! Ray Bradbury

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

I feel like I've been saving up a lot of things, and I don't know what. Ray Bradbury

Write. Don't think. Relax. Ray Bradbury

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

I"ve learned that by doing things, things get done Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

I am madness maddened when it comes to books, writers, and the great granary silos where their wits are stored. Ray Bradbury

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

How talented was death. How many expressions and manipulations of hand, face, body, no two alike. Ray Bradbury

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

Melt all the guns, I thought, break the knives, burn the guillotines-and the malicious will still write letters that kill. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

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

Science-fiction balances you on the cliff. Fantasy shoves you off. Ray Bradbury

The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts. Ray Bradbury

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

If you're reluctant to weep, you won't live a full and complete life. Ray Bradbury

What church could compete with the fireworks of the pure soul? Ray Bradbury

It was a great place to write a novel about book burning, in the library basement. Ray Bradbury

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

... bums on the outside, libraries inside. Ray Bradbury

and sleeping put an end to summer, 1928, Ray Bradbury

A book has got to smell. You have to hold it in your hands and pray to it. Ray Bradbury

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