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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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Hello!" He said hello and then said, "What are you up to now?" "I'm still crazy. The rain feels good. I love to walk in it. "I don't think I'd like that," he said. "You might if you tried." "I never have." She licked her lips. "Rain even tastes good." "What do you do, go around trying everything once?" he asked. "Sometimes twice. Ray Bradbury
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Good to evil seems evil Ray Bradbury
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I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it'll make sense. Ray Bradbury
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...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
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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
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It was in their friendship they just wanted to run forever, shadow and shadow. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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If you are going to describe the history of animation, you'd look at the early Disney work, then 'Bugs Bunny,' 'Road Runner' and other Warner Brothers theatrical productions. But when you got to 'Rocky and Bullwinkle,' you'd see they were unique: They assumed you had a brain in your head. Ray Bradbury
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We are anthill men upon an anthill world. Ray Bradbury
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All the women in my life have been librarians, English teachers and book sellers. Ray Bradbury
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I'm not a serious person, and I don't like serious people. Ray Bradbury
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The first stories I wrote when I was 12 were about Mars and landing on Mars. Ray Bradbury
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When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. Ray Bradbury
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If you're embarrassed because you have some notion about how men are supposed to behave, and it doesn't include weeping, then you have some personal work to do. Ray Bradbury
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I find it amusing that I'm on the Internet now, because I've criticized it, but mainly I've criticized it on the basis of, 'What are you going to do with it?' Ray Bradbury
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I have a big box of autographs. I took photographs of me and Marlene Dietrich, me and Ida Lupino. I took pictures of Myrna Loy and Joel McCrea in front of the studios. I loved Hollywood. I have 500 autographs and 500 photographs I took. Ray Bradbury
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I don't see myself as a philosopher. That's awfully boring. Ray Bradbury
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If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder. Ray Bradbury
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I felt a bit bookish, cut off from life. Ray Bradbury
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If you want to be a good writer, be the best writer in the world. That's what I've done. Ray Bradbury
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The Internet is a big distraction. Ray Bradbury
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I'm never going to go to Mars, but I've helped inspire, thank goodness, the people who built the rockets and sent our photographic equipment off to Mars. 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 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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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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Sometimes I think I understand everything. Then I regain consciousness Ray Bradbury
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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
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I've been writing every day of my life for 65 years. Ray Bradbury
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There is more than one way to burn a book. Ray Bradbury
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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
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Hollywood was a good influence because I was madly in love with films, and the films had a direct influence on me. Ray Bradbury
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I've grown up on a diet of metaphors. If young writers would find those writers who can give them metaphors by the bushel and the peck, then they'll become better writers - to learn how to capsualize things and present them in metaphorical form. Ray Bradbury
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There's a lot of crap out there. Most of the science fiction films alone are abominations, you know. They're mindless. So you can't learn from those kinds of films. Ray Bradbury
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If you love people you criticize them, and if you don't love them you don't criticize them, you let them go to hell, don't you? To help any kind of friendship, your marriage, your children, you criticize because you love. Ray Bradbury
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If we try to deny the darkness in our souls then we'll become completely dark. Ray Bradbury
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The whole concept of higher education is negated unless the sole criterion used to determine if students qualify is the grades they score on standardized tests. Education is purely an issue of learning - we can no longer afford to have it polluted by damn politics. Leave pollution up to the politicians Ray Bradbury
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Once you let yourself begin to be grown-up, you face a world full of problems you can't solve. The politicians and specialists - adults, all - have a hard enough time trying to figure out where to look. It doesn't have to be that way. The greatest solutions in society are reached by corporate thinking, ruled by a motive to either make a profit or go out of business. Ray Bradbury
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All flesh is one: what matter scores; Or color of the suit Or if the helmet glints with blue or gold? All is one bold achievement, All is fine spring-found-again-in-autumn day When juices run in antelopes along our blood, And green our flag, forever green... Ray Bradbury
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And what happened next? Silence happened next. God, it was beautiful. Ray Bradbury
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The telephone rang like a spoiled brat. Ray Bradbury
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It will only take a minute, said Uncle Einar's sweet wife. I refuse, he said. And that takes but a second. Ray Bradbury
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The crowd upon the cross gives anguished roar; A moment terrible to hear. Ray Bradbury
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Computers are toys, and men like to mess around with smart dumb things. They feel creative. Ray Bradbury
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The problem is, of course, our politicians, men who have no romance in their hearts or dreams in their heads. Ray Bradbury
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It makes me furious that I can't find any articles to read anymore. I used to enjoy Forbes and Fortune, but now the pages are completely cluttered with ads. Ray Bradbury
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No. I don't believe in the anthropomorphic God. Ray Bradbury
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I used to study Eudora Welty. She has the remarkable ability to give you atmosphere, character, and motion in a single line. In one line! You must study these things to be a good writer. Ray Bradbury
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Do you know why teachers use me? Because I speak in tongues. I write metaphors. Every one of my stories is a metaphor you can remember. Ray Bradbury
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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
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