Ray Bradbury Quotes & Wallpapers

Ray Bradbury
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I don't see myself as a philosopher. That's awfully boring. Ray Bradbury

If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder. Ray Bradbury

I felt a bit bookish, cut off from life. Ray Bradbury

If you want to be a good writer, be the best writer in the world. That's what I've done. Ray Bradbury

The Internet is a big distraction. Ray Bradbury

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

I laugh until I weep And weep until I smile Ray Bradbury

People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Ray Bradbury

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

Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore. Ray Bradbury

Lone at night, when I was twelve years old, I looked at the planet Mars and I said, 'Take me home!' And the planet Mars took me home, and I never came back. So I've written every day in the last 75 years. I've never stopped writing. Ray Bradbury

We've got to reinvest in space travel. We should have never left the moon. Ray Bradbury

Somewhere in him, a shadow turned mournfully over. You had to run with a night like this so the sadness could not hurt Ray Bradbury

If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die, or act crazy or both-you must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. Ray Bradbury

I've never worked a day in my life. The joy of writing has propelled me from day to day and year to year. I want you to envy me, my joy. Get out of here tonight and say: 'Am I being joyful?' And if you've got a writer's block, you can cure it this evening by stopping whatever you're writing and doing something else. You picked the wrong subject. Ray Bradbury

The novel's not organized like a screenplay. If you shot the novel, you'd have a twelve-hour movie. Ray Bradbury

You don't pay any attention to anything anyone else says, no opinions. The important thing is to explode with a story, to emotionalize a story, not to think it. You start thinking - the story's going to die on its feet. Ray Bradbury

People who take books on sex to bed become frigid. You get self-conscious. You can't think a story. You can't think, "I shall do a story to improve mankind." Well, it's nonsense. All the great stories, all the really worthwhile plays, are emotional experiences. If you have to ask yourself whether or not you love a girl or you love a boy, forget it. You don't. A story is the same way. You either feel a story and need to write it, or you better not write it. Ray Bradbury

Too many of us have lost the passion and emotion of the remarkable things we-ve done in space. Let us not tear up the future, but rather again heed the creative metaphors that render space travel a religious experience. When the blast of a rocket launch slams you against the wall and all the rust is shaken off your body, you will hear the great shout of the universe and the joyful crying of people who have been changed by what they-ve seen. Ray Bradbury

Garrett," said Stendahl, "do you know why I've done this to you? Because you burned Mr. Poe's books without really reading them. You took other people's advice that they needed burning. Otherwise you'd have realized what I was going to do to you when we came down here a moment ago. Ignorance is fatal, Mr. Garrett. Ray Bradbury

The merry-go-round was running, yes, but... It was running backward. The small calliope inside the carousel machinery rattle-snapped its nervous-stallion shivering drums, clashed its harvest-moon cymbals, toothed its castanets, and throatily choked and sobbed its reeds, whistles, and baroque flutes. Ray Bradbury

Without the library, you have no civilization. Ray Bradbury

We're all watching each other, so there's no chance for censorship. The main problem is the idiot TV. If you watch local news, your head will turn to mush. Ray Bradbury

He lay far across the room from her, on a winter island separated by an empty sea. She talked to him for what seemed a long while and she talked about this and she talked about that and it was only words, like the words he had heard once in a nursery at a friend's house, a two-year-old child building word patters, like jargon, making pretty sounds in the air. Ray Bradbury

Do three things each night before you go to bed: read a poem, read a short story, read an essay. Ray Bradbury

Those who don't build must burn. It's as old as history and juvenile delinquents. Ray Bradbury

If you have moved over vast territories and dared to love silly things, you will have learned even from the most primitive items collected and put aside in your life. Ray Bradbury

I'm the thing you most desire, you represent the thing I least desire, death. It's just the opposite of love. Ray Bradbury

Forgive, I hope you won't be upset, but when I was a boy I used to look up and see you behind your desk, so near but far away, and, how can I say this, I used to think that you were Mrs. God, and that the library was a whole world, and that no matter what part of the world or what people or thing I wanted to see and read, you'd find and give it to me. Ray Bradbury

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 do' change. Do' give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy. Ray Bradbury

For these beings, fall is ever the normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond. Where do they come from? The dust. Where do they go? The grave. Does blood stir their veins? No: the night wind. What ticks in their head? The worm. What speaks from their mouth? The toad. What sees from their eye? The snake. What hears with their ear? The abyss between the stars. They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth....Such are the autumn people. Ray Bradbury

We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of on good rain and black loam. Ray Bradbury

I think the sun is a flower, That blooms for just one hour. Ray Bradbury

It's poor judgment', said Grandpa 'to call anything by a name. We don't know what a hobgoblin or a vampire or a troll is. Could be lots of things. You can't heave them into categories with labels and say they'll act one way or another. That'd be silly. They're people. People who do things. Yes, that's the way to put it. People who *do* things. Ray Bradbury

That's the good part of dying; when you've nothing to lose, you run any risk you want. Ray Bradbury

He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details of the land. He was not empty. There was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough. Ray Bradbury

The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are. Ray Bradbury

If I was ever a rare fine summer person, that's long ago. Most of us are half-and-half. The August noon in us works to stave off the November chills. We survive by what little Fourth of July wits we've stashed away. But there are times when we're all autumn people. Ray Bradbury

Work is the only answer. I have three rules to live by. One, get your work done. If that doesn't work, shut up and drink your gin. And when all else fails, run like hell! Ray Bradbury

The real fear isn't rejection, but that there won't be enough time in your life to write all the stories that you have in you. Ray Bradbury

Gardening is the handiest excuse for being a philosopher. Nobody guesses, nobody accuses, nobody knows, but there you are, Plato in the peonies, Socrates force-growing his own hemlock. A man toting a sack of blood manure across his lawn is kin to Atlas letting the world spin easy on his shoulder. Ray Bradbury

I never consciously place symbolism in my writing. That would be a self-conscious exercise and self-consciousness is defeating to any creative act. Better to get the subconscious to do the work for you, and get out of the way. The best symbolism is always unsuspected and natural. During a lifetime, one saves up information which collects itself around centers in the mind; these automatically become symbols on a subliminal level and need only be summoned in the heat of writing. Ray Bradbury

Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. Ray Bradbury

... someday we'll remember so much we'll build the biggest goddamn steamshovel in history and dig the biggest grave of all time and shove war in and cover it up. Ray Bradbury

Facts quite often, I fear to confess, like lawyers, put me to sleep at noon. Not theories, however. Theories are invigorating and tonic. Give me an ounce of fact and I will produce you a ton of theory by tea this afternoon. That is, after all, my job. Ray Bradbury

Important thing is not the me that's lying here, but the me that's sitting on the edge of the bed looking back at me, and the me that's downstairs cooking supper, or out in the garage under the car, or in the library reading. All the new parts, they count. I'm not really dying today. No person ever died that had a family. Ray Bradbury

You will have to write and put away or burn a lot of material before you are comfortable in this medium. You might as well start now and get the work done. For I believe that eventually quantity will make for quality. Ray Bradbury

Like every beginner, I have thought you could beat, pummel and thrash an idea into existence. Under such treatment, of course, any decent idea folds up its paws, turns on its back, fixes its eyes on eternity, and dies. Ray Bradbury

A conglomerate heap of trash, that's what I am. But it burns with a high flame. Ray Bradbury

They stood there, King of the Hill, Top of the Heap, Ruler of All They Surveyed, Unimpeachable Monarchs and Presidents, trying to understand what it meant to own a world and how big a world really was. Ray Bradbury

I was not predicting the future, I was trying to prevent it. Ray Bradbury

Don't try to write a novel. Write short stories and then figure out how to connect them. Ray Bradbury

Long before you knew what death was you were wishing it on someone else. Ray Bradbury

Treasure this day and Treasure yourself, truly, neither will ever happen again. Ray Bradbury

The one sure way I can dishonor myself is by worrying about my reputation. Ray Bradbury

The very first experiments with building rockets and firing them off were carried out by students at Cal Tech in 1937, '38 and '39. And later these people put together these jet propulsion labs in Pasadena and wound up sending aircraft and spacecraft to the moon. So it all began very primitively with love. Ray Bradbury

The moon is a good, solid base to build a space travel organization in the community. Ray Bradbury

We've let too much time go by. We've been busy with war instead of being busy with peace. And that's what space travel is all about. It's all about peace and exploration and wonder and beauty. Ray Bradbury

In order to be creative, you don't have to be original. Ray Bradbury

All education is self-discovery. Ray Bradbury

When I finished [writing it], I was crying. I knew at long last, after ten years of trying, I had written something good. Ray Bradbury

Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. Ray Bradbury

We clothe ourselves in flame And trade new myths for old. The Greek gods christen us With ghosts of comet swords; God smiles and names us thus: Arise! Run! Fly, my Lords! Ray Bradbury

At the center of religion is love. I love you and I forgive you. I am like you and you are like me. I love all people. I love the world. I love creating. Everything in our life should be based on love. Ray Bradbury

The rocket stood in the cold winter morning, making summer with every breath of its mighty exhausts. The rocket made climates, and summer lay for a brief moment upon the land. Ray Bradbury

With schools turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word intellectual, of course, became the swear word it deserved to be. Ray Bradbury

On the whole, the change had done Huxley a share of good. Death made him a handsomer man to deal with. You could talk to him now and he'd have to listen. Ray Bradbury

Leave off losings, and take on winnings, Erase all mortal ends, give birth to only new beginnings, In a billion years of morning and a billion years of sleep. Ray Bradbury

You should read in your own field only when you're young. When I was 8, 10, 12, 16, 25, I read science fiction. But then I went on to Alexander Pope and John Donne and Moliere to mix it up. Ray Bradbury

When a bright Sony inventor read about my seashell radios in that novel, he invented the Walkman. That was one good thing to emerge from that book - the banishment of most picnic-ruining ghetto blasters. But I had no idea I was doing it. Ray Bradbury



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