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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You can't learn to write that way - by writing directly for the screen. Wait until you're 30. But in the meantime write 200 short stories. You've got to learn how to write! Ray Bradbury
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We're a free society; we've got television. We have radio. We have newspapers. We have the videocassette, which is coming into play. These are new freedoms. Ray Bradbury
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Men are nuts. Young men are crazy. We all love toys. I'm toy oriented. I write about toys. I've got a lot of toys. Hundreds of things. But computers are toys, and men like to mess around with smart dumb things. They feel creative. Ray Bradbury
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To solve the drug problem, we have to start at the root - first grade. If a boy has all the toys in his head that reading can give him, and you hook him into science fiction, then you've got the future secured. Ray Bradbury
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Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. Real brains don't do that. On occasion? Sure. As relaxation? Great. But not full time- And a lot of people are doing that. And while they're doing that, I'll go ahead and write another novel. Ray Bradbury
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If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you, and you'll never learn. Ray Bradbury
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All floated upon an evening carrousel, with fitful drifts of music wafting up here and there, and voices calling and murmuring from houses that were whitely haunted by television. Ray Bradbury
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Man warring on himself an old tale is; But Man discovering the source of all his sorrow in himself, Finding his left hand and his right Are similar sons, are children fighting In the porchyards of the void?! Ray Bradbury
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I tell my lecture audiences to never, ever watch local TV news. Ray Bradbury
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You teach a kid to read and write by the second grade, and the rest will take care of itself. Ray Bradbury
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To solve the drug problem, we have to start at the root - first grade. Ray Bradbury
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I knew I was going into one of the arts: I was drawing, acting, and writing. Ray Bradbury
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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. 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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Time is so strange and life is twice as strange. Ray Bradbury
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A good night's sleep, or a ten-minute brawl, or a pint of chocolate ice cream, or all three together, is good medicine. 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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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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No use going to class unless you go to the library. Ray Bradbury
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Action is hope. There is no hope without action. Ray Bradbury
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Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers. Ray Bradbury
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When I graduated from high school I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library 3 days a week for 10 years. Ray Bradbury
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Impossible; for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you? Ray Bradbury
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A book is a loaded gun. Ray Bradbury
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I often wonder if God recognizes His own son the way we've dressed him up, or is it dressed him down? Ray Bradbury
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Most of us can't rush around, talk to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven't time, money or that many friends. The things you're looking for... are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book. Ray Bradbury
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The sun burnt every day. It burnt time. Ray Bradbury
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Those women like to see their tongues dance. Ray Bradbury
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Why would you clone people when you can go to bed with them and make a baby? C'mon, it's stupid. Ray Bradbury
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But souls can't be sold. They can only be lost and never found again. Ray Bradbury
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Oh God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it's up to you to know with which ear you'll listen. Ray Bradbury
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Only if the third necessary thing could be given us. Number one, as I said: quality of information. Number two: leisure to digest it. And number three: the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two. Ray Bradbury
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This was all he wanted now. Some signs that the immense world would accept him and give him the long time he needed to think all the things that must be thought. Ray Bradbury
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Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures. Ray Bradbury
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It is a lie to write in such way as to be rewarded by fame offered you by some snobbish quasi-literary groups in the intellectual gazettes. Ray Bradbury
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(...) And metaphors like cats behind your smile, Each one wound up to purr, each one a pride, Each one a fine gold beast you've hid inside (...) Ray Bradbury
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I believe in having fun first, and along the way, if you teach people, if you influence people, well and good. Ray Bradbury
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Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. Plot is observed after the fact rather than before. It cannot precede action. It is the chart that remains when an action is through. That is all Plot ever should be. It is human desire let run, running, and reaching a goal. It cannot be mechanical. It can only be dynamic. Ray Bradbury
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We must move into the universe. Mankind must save itself. We must escape the danger of war and politics. We must become astronauts and go out into the universe and discover the God in ourselves. Ray Bradbury
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What can we writers learn from lizards, lift from birds? In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth deadfalling or tiger-trapping. Ray Bradbury
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You've got to be able to look at your thoughts on paper and discover what a fool you were. Ray Bradbury
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If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Ray Bradbury
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All isn't well with the world. Ray Bradbury
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