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Ray Bradbury
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We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of on good rain and black loam. Ray Bradbury
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I think the sun is a flower, That blooms for just one hour. 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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The one sure way I can dishonor myself is by worrying about my reputation. Ray Bradbury
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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
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The moon is a good, solid base to build a space travel organization in the community. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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I'm really alive! he thought. I never knew it before, or if I did I do' remember! Ray Bradbury
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Have you ever watched the jet cars race on the boulevard?...I sometimes think drivers do' know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly...If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! He'd say, that's grass! A pink blur! That's a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. Ray Bradbury
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There must be something in books, something we ca' imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You do' stay for nothing. 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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My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. Ray Bradbury
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When he came to me, he touched me on the brow, and on the nose, and on the chin, and he said to me, in a whisper, Live forever. And I decided to. Ray Bradbury
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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
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Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore. 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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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
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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
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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
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Without the library, you have no civilization. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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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Treasure this day and Treasure yourself, truly, neither will ever happen again. Ray Bradbury
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A conglomerate heap of trash, that's what I am. But it burns with a high flame. Ray Bradbury
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Do what you love and love what you do. Don't do anything for money. Everything should be for love. Ray Bradbury
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The father hesitated only a moment. He felt the vague pain in his chest. If I run, he thought, what will happen? Is Death important? No. Everything that happens before Death is what counts. And we've done fine tonight. Even Death can't spoil it. Ray Bradbury
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My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. So I never have to worry about schedules. Some new thing is always exploding in me, and it schedules me, I don't schedule it. It says: Get to the typewriter right now and finish this. Ray Bradbury
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Libraries are absolutely at the center of my life. Since I couldn't afford to go to college, I attended the library three or four days a week from the age of eighteen on, and graduated from the library when I was twenty-eight. Ray Bradbury
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May you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world. Ray Bradbury
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But with the library, it's like catnip, I suppose: you begin to run in circles because there's so much to look at and read. Ray Bradbury
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Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row. Ray Bradbury
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Those who don't build must burn. Ray Bradbury
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I'm being ironic. Don't interrupt a man in the midst of being ironic, it's not polite. There! Ray Bradbury
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But no man's a hero to himself. Ray Bradbury
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A story should be like a river, flowing and never stopping, your readers passengers on a boat, whirling downstream through constantly refreshing and changing scemery. Ray Bradbury
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We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost. Ray Bradbury
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I want to hold onto this funny thing. God, it's gotten big on me. I don't know what it is. I'm so damned unhappy, I'm so mad, and I don't know why. I feel like I'm putting on weight. I feel fat. I feel like I'm saving a lot of things, and I don't know what. I might even start reading books. Ray Bradbury
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Reading is at the center of our lives. The library is our brain. Without the library, you have no civilization. Ray Bradbury
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I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. Ray Bradbury
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Tell us again, for we forget, that work done without love is stillborn, mindless, and lost in the very hour of its deliverance. Ray Bradbury
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You'd type like hell. I spent $9.80 and in nine days I had Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury
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I've often been accused of being too emotional and sentimental, but I believe in honest sentiment, and the need to purge ourselves at certain times, which is ancient. Men would live at least five or six more years and not have ulcers if they could cry better. Ray Bradbury
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I don't think the robots are taking over. I think the men who play with toys have taken over. And if we don't take the toys out of their hands, we're fools. Ray Bradbury
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Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. Ray Bradbury
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You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
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If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you. Ray Bradbury
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