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Ray Bradbury
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The psychiatrist wants to know why I go out and hike around in the forests and watch the birds and collect butterflies. I'll show you my collection some day.Good.They want to know what I do with my time. I tell them that sometimes I just sit and think. But I won't tell them what. I've got them running. And sometimes, I tell them, I like to put my head back, like this, and let the rain fall in my mouth. It tastes just like wine. Have you ever tried it? Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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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
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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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Too late, I found you can't wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else. Ray Bradbury
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You must live feverishly in a library. Colleges are not going to do any good unless you are raised and live in a library everyday of your life. Ray Bradbury
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See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream. Ray Bradbury
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There was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves Ray Bradbury
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Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much? Ray Bradbury
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I'm inclined to believe you need the psychiatrist. Ray Bradbury
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Last night I thought about all the kerosene I've used in the past ten years. And I thought about books. And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books. A man had to think them up. A man had to take a long time to put them down on paper. And I'd never even thought that thought before...It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thoughts down, looking around at the world and life, and then I come along in two minutes and boom! it's all over. Ray Bradbury
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I do a first draft as passionately and as quickly as I can. I believe a story is valid only when it's immediate and passionate, when it dances out of your subconscious. If you interfere in any way, you destroy it. Ray Bradbury
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A day without writing was a little death. Ray Bradbury
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I'm interested in having fun with ideas, throwing them up in the air like confetti and then running under them. Ray Bradbury
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Writing is supposed to be difficult, agonizing, a dreadful exercise, a terrible occupation. Ray Bradbury
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Now that I have you thoroughly confused, let me pause to hear your own dismayed cry. 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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