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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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Thus through half-belief, we are often doomed to repeat that very past we should have learned from. Ray Bradbury
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I believe in Darwin and God together. Ray Bradbury
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A life's work should be based on love. Ray Bradbury
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It was a pleasure to burn. Ray Bradbury
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I'll tell you," said Beatty, smiling at his cards. "That made you for a little while a drunkard. Read a few lines and off you go over the cliff. Bang, you're ready to blow up the world, chop off heads, knock down women and children, destroy authority. I know. I've been through it all. Ray Bradbury
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Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
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I was doing a terrible thing in using the very books you clung to, to rebut you on every hand, on every point! What traitors books can be! You think they're backing you up, and then they turn on you. Others can use them, too, and there you are, lost in the middle of the moor, in a great welter of nouns and verbs and adjectives. Ray Bradbury
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I am Plato's Republic. Mr. Simmons is Marcus. I want you to meet Jonathan Swift, the author of that evil political book, Gulliver's Travels! And this other fellow is Charles Darwin, and-this one is Schopenhauer, and this one is Einstein, and this one here at my elbow is Mr. Albert Schweitzer, a very kind philosopher indeed. Here we all are, Montag. Aristophanes and Mahatma Gandhi and Gautama Buddha and Confucius and Thomas Love Peacock and Thomas Jefferson and Mr. Lincoln, if you please. We are also Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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I was not predicting the future, I was trying to prevent it. Ray Bradbury
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Don't try to write a novel. Write short stories and then figure out how to connect them. Ray Bradbury
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Long before you knew what death was you were wishing it on someone else. Ray Bradbury
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Writing is like sex. You have to save your love for the love object. If you go around spouting about your idea, there'll be no "charge" left. You can't father children that way. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. Ray Bradbury
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... 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
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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
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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
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We've got to reinvest in space travel. We should have never left the moon. Ray Bradbury
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That's the good part of dying; when you've nothing to lose, you run any risk you want. Ray Bradbury
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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
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The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are. Ray Bradbury
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The novel's not organized like a screenplay. If you shot the novel, you'd have a twelve-hour movie. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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With school 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
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Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all. Ray Bradbury
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Remember, with writing, what you're looking for is just one person to come up and tell you, 'I love you for what you do.' Ray Bradbury
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Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn 'em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That's our official slogan. Ray Bradbury
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They walked still farther and the girl said, "Is it true that long ago firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?" No. Houses have always been fireproof, take my word for it." Strange. I heard once that a long time ago houses used to burn by accident and they needed firemen to stop the flames. Ray Bradbury
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After Hiroshima was bombed, I saw a photograph of the side of a house with the shadows of the people who had lived there burned into the wall from the intensity of the bomb. The people were gone, but their shadows remained. Ray Bradbury
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[His] library was a fine dark place bricked with books, so anything could happen there and always did. All you had to do was pull a book from the shelf and open it and suddenly the darkness was not so dark anymore. Ray Bradbury
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Through neglect, ignorance, or inability, the new intellectual Borgias cram hairballs down our throats and refuse us the convulsion that could make us well. They have forgotten, if they ever knew, the ancient knowledge that only by being truly sick can one regain health. Even beasts know when it is good and proper to throw up. Teach me how to be sick then, in the right time and place, so that I may again walk in the fields and with the wise and smiling dogs know enough to chew sweet grass. Ray Bradbury
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It doesn't matter what you do...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. Ray Bradbury
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That's the wonderful thing about man; he never gets so discouraged or disgusted that he gives up doing it all over again, because he knows very well it is important and WORTH the doing. Ray Bradbury
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Creativity is a continual surprise. Ray Bradbury
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In order to be creative, you don't have to be original. Ray Bradbury
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All education is self-discovery. Ray Bradbury
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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
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Do three things each night before you go to bed: read a poem, read a short story, read an essay. Ray Bradbury
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The important thing of any time you live in is to be in love yourself. You float above your time then. It's what you want that counts, not what your time wants. Ray Bradbury
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Most of my stories are ideas in action. In other words, I get a concept, and I let it run away. I find a character to act out the idea. And then the story takes care of itself. Ray Bradbury
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When you grow up in science fiction you grow up in everything! It's the greatest and only field worth growing up in. It's the total field. Ray Bradbury
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We can't live alone in any society. But the best way to help a society or group, is to be the best individual in it that we can be. Ray Bradbury
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A reason I became a writer was to escape the hopelessness and despair of the real world and enter the world of hope I could create with my imagination. Ray Bradbury
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I feel like I own all the kids in the world because, since I've never grown up myself, all my books are automatically for children. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Whether you're a majority or minority, bug off! To hell with anybody who wants to tell me what to write. Their society breaks down into subsections of minorities who then, in effect, burn books by banning them. Ray Bradbury
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I was madly in love with Hollywood. Of course back then you could go around town at night and never risk getting mugged or beaten up. Ray Bradbury
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Science and religion have to go hand in hand with the mystery, because there's a certain point beyond which you say, There are no answers. Ray Bradbury
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