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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Time is so strange and life is twice as strange. 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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Every day is Christmas Day to a dog. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I'm numb and I'm tired. Too much has happened today. I feel as if I'd been out in a pounding rain for forty-eight hours without an umbrella or a coat. I'm soaked to the skin with emotion. 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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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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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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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
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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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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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Don't they get afraid, then?" "They have a religion for that. Ray Bradbury
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Not to write, for many of us, is to die. We must take ares each and every day, perhaps knowing that the battle cannot be entirely won, but fight we must, if only a gentle bout. The smallest effort to win means, at the end of each day, a sort of victory. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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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The sun burnt every day. It burnt time. Ray Bradbury
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Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things. Ray Bradbury
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