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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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Stuff your eyes with wonder. Ray Bradbury
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Life is like underwear, should be changed twice a day. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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I'll be damned if death wears my sadness as glad rags. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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What are you up to now?" "I'm sill crazy. The rain feels good. I love to walk in it. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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If you don't like what you're doing, then don't do it. Ray Bradbury
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Once the automobile appeared you could have predicted that it would destroy as many people as it did. Ray Bradbury
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Touch a scientist and you touch a child. Ray Bradbury
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Burroughs is crap. Crap. Ray Bradbury
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If I'd found out that Norman Mailer liked me. I'd have killed myself. Ray Bradbury
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Most of my short stories are fantasy. Ray Bradbury
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In Hollywood, they think they know it all. You, as a writer, are essentially an outsider. Novelists and short-story writers, especially. Ray Bradbury
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When you're older you want to learn from other people. 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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All silence is. All emptiness. And now: The dawn. Ray Bradbury
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I believe the universe created us we are an audience for miracles. In that sense, I guess, I'm religious. Ray Bradbury
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Night had come on like the closing of a great but gentle eye. 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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Everything that happens before Death is what counts. Ray Bradbury
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Christ is one of the 'family' now. I often wonder if God recognizes his own son the way we've dressed him up, or is it dressed him down? He's regular peppermint stick now, all sugar crystal and saccharine - when he isn't making veiled references to certain commercial products that ever worshiper absolutely needs. Ray Bradbury
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Out of the nursery into the college and back into the nursery; there's your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries or more. Ray Bradbury
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Do you ever read any of the books you burn?" He laughed. "That's against the law!" "Oh. Of course. 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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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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You're insane!" "I won't argue that point. 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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Every day is Christmas Day to a dog. 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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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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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 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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