Ray Bradbury Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

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

My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm really alive! he thought. I never knew it before, or if I did I do' remember! Ray Bradbury

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

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

It was a pleasure to burn. Ray Bradbury

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

Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury

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

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

[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

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

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

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

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

Creativity is a continual surprise. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn 'em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That's our official slogan. Ray Bradbury

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

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

And he remembered thinking then that if she died, he was certain he wouldn't cry. For it would be the dying face of an unknown, a street face, a newspaper image, and it was suddenly so very wrong that he had begun to cry, not at death but at the thought of not crying at death, a silly empty man near a silly empty woman. Ray Bradbury

Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don't have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere. Ray Bradbury

Love is the answer to everything. It's the only reason to do anything. If you don't write stories you love, you'll never make it. If you don't write stories that other people love, you'll never make it. Ray Bradbury

My stories run up and bite me on the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off. Ray Bradbury

Books are alive, you see. They're not dead, they're alive. Ray Bradbury

I have total recall. I remember being born. I remember being in the womb, I remember being inside. Coming out was great. Ray Bradbury

All of us, no matter how we look born into this world, feel something like the Hunchback. It doesn't matter if you have a beautiful face or not. Ray Bradbury

If you're living in your time, you cannot help but to write about the things that are important. Ray Bradbury

You don't read in your own field. You read in that field when you're young, so that you can learn. Ray Bradbury

We've gotta reinvest in space travel. We should've never left the moon. Ray Bradbury

If you want to find the source of much of the music of modern day Russia, you will find it in the incredible compositions of that crazed lunatic Berlioz. Ray Bradbury

Look at the Chandra Levy case. It's become a Star Chamber. The major networks, the cable networks, they're being prosecutors. They're judges and jurors and executioners. Well, c'mon, that's ridiculous. But they're doing it. Ray Bradbury

My business is to prevent the future. Ray Bradbury

I think we're doing a dreadful job of educating. Ray Bradbury

Bo Derek is a really good friend of mine, and I'd like to spend more time with her. Ray Bradbury

I believe in Darwin and God together. Ray Bradbury

A life's work should be based on love. Ray Bradbury

Do what you love and love what you do. Don't do anything for money. Everything should be for love. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

May you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world. Ray Bradbury

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

Each person was himself one alone. One oneness, a unit in a society, but always afraid, always alone. If I should scream, if I should call for help, would anyone hear would it even matter? Ray Bradbury

How men envy and often hate these warm clocks, these wives, who know they will live forever. So what do we do? We men turn terribly mean, because we can't hold to the world or ourselves or anything. We are blind to continuity, all breaks down, falls, melts, stops, rots, or runs away. So, since we cannot shape Time, where does that leave men? Sleepless. Staring. Ray Bradbury

Comic strips introduced me to metaphors. They are pure metaphor, so you learn how to tell a story with symbols, which is a very valuable thing to learn. And I learned that from motion pictures, too, and from poetry. Poetry is mainly metaphor. If it doesn't have a metaphor, it doesn't work. Ray Bradbury

Stuff your eyes with wonder... live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ray Bradbury

The blizzard doesn't last forever; it just seems so. Ray Bradbury

We're all fools," said Clemens, "all the time. It's just we're a different kind each day. We think, I'm not a fool today. I've learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we're not perfect and live accordingly. Ray Bradbury

It didn't come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. Ray Bradbury

Savory...that's a swell word. And Basil and Betel. Capsicum. Curry. All great. But Relish, now, Relish with a capital R. No argument, that' the best. Ray Bradbury

Ideas result from the collision of metaphors inside the head. Ray Bradbury

Writing is not a serious business. It's a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it. Ray Bradbury

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 do' schedule it. It says: Get to the typewriter right now and finish this. Ray Bradbury

We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost. Ray Bradbury

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

If you had your way you"d pass a law to abolish all the little jobs, the little things. But then you"d leave yourselves nothing to do between the big jobs and you"d have a devil of a time thinking up things to do so you would' go crazy. Instead of that, why not let nature show you a few things? Cutting grass and pulling weeds can be a way of life, son. Ray Bradbury

A computer does not smell ... if a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better... And it stays with you forever. But the computer does' do that for you. I'm sorry. Ray Bradbury

Death doesn't exist. It never did, it never will. But we've drawn so many pictures of it, so many years, trying to pin it down, comprehend it, we've got to thinking of it as an entity, strangely alive and greedy. All it is, however, is a stopped watch, a loss, an end, a darkness. Nothing. Ray Bradbury



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