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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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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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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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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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The problem in our country isn't with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Books are flesh-and-blood ideas and cry out, silently, when put to the torch. Ray Bradbury
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If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape. Ray Bradbury
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I define science fiction as the art of the possible. Fantasy is the art of the impossible. Ray Bradbury
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I define science fiction as the art of the possible. Fantasy is the art of the impossible. Science fiction, again, is the history of ideas, and they're always ideas that work themselves out and become real and happen in the world. And fantasy comes along and says, 'We're going to break all the laws of physics.' ... Most people don't realize it, but the series of films which have made more money than any other series of films in the history of the universe is the James Bond series. They're all science fiction, too - romantic, adventurous, frivolous, fantastic science fiction! Ray Bradbury
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Thus through half-belief, we are often doomed to repeat that very past we should have learned from. 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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