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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

That's the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you. Ray Bradbury

You're insane!" "I won't argue that point. Ray Bradbury

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

Writing is not a serious business. It's a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it. Ray Bradbury

Time is so strange and life is twice as strange. Ray Bradbury

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

If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you, and you'll never learn. Ray Bradbury

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

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

I tell my lecture audiences to never, ever watch local TV news. Ray Bradbury

You teach a kid to read and write by the second grade, and the rest will take care of itself. Ray Bradbury

To solve the drug problem, we have to start at the root - first grade. Ray Bradbury

I knew I was going into one of the arts: I was drawing, acting, and writing. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Ray Bradbury

Everything that happens before Death is what counts. Ray Bradbury

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

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

Do you ever read any of the books you burn?" He laughed. "That's against the law!" "Oh. Of course. Ray Bradbury

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. Ray Bradbury

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

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. Ray Bradbury

You fail only if you stop writing. Ray Bradbury

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

Everybody has forgotten that Russia helped start the Second World War. Ray Bradbury

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

In order for a thing to be horrible it has to suffer a change you can recognize. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

If an idea isn't exciting, you shouldn't do it. Ray Bradbury

All my stories are like the Greek and Roman myths, and the Egyptian myths, and the Old and New Testament. Ray Bradbury

I don't go around thinking I'm Ray Bradbury all the time. Ray Bradbury

I don't believe in colleges and universities. Ray Bradbury

I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. Ray Bradbury

My favorite writers have been those who've said things well. Ray Bradbury

All silence is. All emptiness. And now: The dawn. Ray Bradbury

I believe the universe created us we are an audience for miracles. In that sense, I guess, I'm religious. Ray Bradbury

Night had come on like the closing of a great but gentle eye. Ray Bradbury

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

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

Sometimes I think I understand everything. Then I regain consciousness Ray Bradbury

I'm not a science-fiction writer. I've only written one book that's science fiction, and that's Fahrenheit 451. All the others are fantasy. Ray Bradbury

I've been writing every day of my life for 65 years. Ray Bradbury

Please, please, help me grow to be like them, the ones'll soon be here, who never grow old, can't die, that's what they say, can't die, no matter what, or maybe they died a long time ago but Cecy calls, and Mother and Father call, and Grandmere who only whispers, and now they're coming and I'm nothing, not like them who pass through walls and live in trees or live underneath until seventeen-year rains flood them up and out, and the ones who run in packs, let me be the one! If they live forever, why not me? Ray Bradbury

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

Write what you love and love what you write. Ray Bradbury

There is more than one way to burn a book. Ray Bradbury

My parents read the comics to me, and I fell in love with comic strips. I've collected them all of my life. I have a complete collection of all the "Buck Rogers" Sunday funnies and daily paper strips, I have all of "Prince Valiant" put away, all of "Tarzan," which appeared in the Sunday funnies in 1932 right on up through high school. So I've learned a lot from reading comics as a child. Ray Bradbury

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

Impossible; for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you? Ray Bradbury

A book is a loaded gun. Ray Bradbury

I often wonder if God recognizes His own son the way we've dressed him up, or is it dressed him down? Ray Bradbury

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

Write 1000 words a day. That's only about four pages, but force yourself to do it. Put your finger down your throat and throw up. That's what writing's all about. Ray Bradbury

I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it'll make sense. Ray Bradbury

...trees to cool the towns in the boiling summer, trees to hold back the winter winds. There were so many things a tree could do: add color, provide shade, drop fruit, or become a children's playground, a whole sky universe to climb and hang from; an architecture of food and pleasure, that was a tree. But most of all the trees would distill an icy air for the lungs, and a gentle rustling for the ear when you lay nights in your snowy bed and were gentled to sleep by the sound. Ray Bradbury

So in sum, what are we? We are the creatures that know and know too much. That leaves us with such a burden again we have a choice, to laugh or cry. No other animal does either. We do, depending on the season and the need. Ray Bradbury

It was in their friendship they just wanted to run forever, shadow and shadow. Ray Bradbury

Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered...sealed away for opening on a January day with snow falling fast and the sun unseen for weeks... Ray Bradbury

And there, row upon row, with the soft gleam of flowers opened at morning, with the light of this June sun glowing through a faint skin of dust, would stand the dandelion wine. Peer through it at the wintry day - the snow melted to grass, the trees were reinhabitated with bird, leaf, and blossoms like a continent of butterflies breathing on the wind. And peering through, color sky from iron to blue. Hold summer in your hand, pour summer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the smallest tingling sip for children; change the season in your veins by raising glass to lip and tilting summer in Ray Bradbury

The problem in our country isn't with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. Ray Bradbury

It was only the other night everything was fine and the next thing I know Im drowning. How many times can a man go down and still be alive? I can't breathe Ray Bradbury

You take the books, you lie there in the pools of light and you drink life. That is how intensely I have loved libraries. Ray Bradbury



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