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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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Time is so strange and life is twice as strange. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I"ve learned that by doing things, things get done 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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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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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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I laugh until I weep And weep until I smile Ray Bradbury
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People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Ray Bradbury
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In that film Love Story, there's a line, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." That's the dumbest thing I ever heard. Love means saying you're sorry every day for some little thing or other. Ray Bradbury
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I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room. Ray Bradbury
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Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle. Ray Bradbury
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The trouble with Jim was he looked at the world and could not look away. And when you never look away all your life, by the time you are thirteen you have done twenty years taking in the laundry of the world. Ray Bradbury
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What are the best things and the worst things in your life, and when are you going to get around to whispering or shouting them? Ray Bradbury
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Digression is the soul of wit. Take the philosophic asides away from Dante, Milton or Hamlet's father's ghost and what stays is dry bones. Ray Bradbury
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It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime. Ray Bradbury
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You'll be found, your nickels, dimes and Indian-heads fused by electroplating. Abe Lincolns melted into Miss Columbias, eagles plucked raw on the backs of quarters, all run to quicksilver in your jeans. More! Any boy hit by lightning, lift his lid and there on his eyeball, pretty as the Lord's Prayer on a pin, find the last scene the boy ever saw! A box-Brownie photo, by God, of that fire climbing down the sky to blow you like a penny whistle, suck your soul back up along the bright stair! Ray Bradbury
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Write what you love and love what you write. Ray Bradbury
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Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything. Ray Bradbury
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Don't think about things, just do them; don't predict them, just make them. Ray Bradbury
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He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back. Ray Bradbury
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The problem in our country isn't with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. Look at the magazines, the newspapers around us - it's all junk, all trash, tidbits of news. The average TV ad has 120 images a minute. Everything just falls off your mind. ... You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. Ray Bradbury
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Thank God for that. You can shut them, say, 'Hold on a moment.' You play God to it. But who has ever torn himself from the claw that encloses you when you drop a seed in a TV parlour? It grows you any shape it wishes! It is an environment as real as the world. It becomes and is the truth. Books can be beaten down with reason. But with all my knowledge and scepticism, I have never been able to argue with a one-hundred-piece symphony orchestra, full colour, three dimensions, and I being in and part of those incredible parlours. Ray Bradbury
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I shall remain on Mars and read a book. Ray Bradbury
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Programs like 'Jeopardy' and 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' are ridiculous. They're the stupidest shows in history. They're making us dumber. They don't give us information, they give us facts, factoids. You don't learn who Napoleon was and how he was motivated. You learn what year he was born, and when he died. That's useless. 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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