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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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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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Those who don't build must burn. It's as old as history and juvenile delinquents. Ray Bradbury
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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
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I'm the thing you most desire, you represent the thing I least desire, death. It's just the opposite of love. 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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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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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
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Treasure this day and Treasure yourself, truly, neither will ever happen again. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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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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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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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Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don't have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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Books are alive, you see. They're not dead, they're alive. Ray Bradbury
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I have total recall. I remember being born. I remember being in the womb, I remember being inside. Coming out was great. Ray Bradbury
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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
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If you're living in your time, you cannot help but to write about the things that are important. Ray Bradbury
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You don't read in your own field. You read in that field when you're young, so that you can learn. Ray Bradbury
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We've gotta reinvest in space travel. We should've never left the moon. Ray Bradbury
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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
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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
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My business is to prevent the future. Ray Bradbury
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I think we're doing a dreadful job of educating. Ray Bradbury
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Bo Derek is a really good friend of mine, and I'd like to spend more time with her. 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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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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Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. Ray Bradbury
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Old men only lie in wait for people to ask them to talk. Then they rattle on like a rusty elevator wheezing up a shaft. Ray Bradbury
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All flesh is one: what matter scores; Or color of the suit Or if the helmet glints with blue or gold? All is one bold achievement, All is fine spring-found-again-in-autumn day When juices run in antelopes along our blood, And green our flag, forever green... Ray Bradbury
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Joy is the grace we say to God. Ray Bradbury
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I'm seventeen and I'm crazy. My uncle says the two always go together. When people ask your age, he said, always say seventeen and insane. Ray Bradbury
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First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. Ray Bradbury
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The terrible tyranny of the majority. Ray Bradbury
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The autumn leaves blew over the moonlit pavement in such a way as to make the girl who was moving there seem fixed to a sliding walk, letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry her forward. [...] The trees overhead made a great sound of letting down their dry rain. Ray Bradbury
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You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. Ray Bradbury
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I don't talk things, sir. I talk the meaning of things. Ray Bradbury
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The blizzard doesn't last forever; it just seems so. 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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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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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
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