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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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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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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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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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The important thing is to be in love with something. Ray Bradbury
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We've gotta become the Martians. I'm a Martian - I tell you to become Martians. And we've gotta go to Mars and civilize Mars and build a whole civilization on Mars and then move out, 300 years from now into the universe. And when we do that, we have a chance of living forever. Ray Bradbury
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Facts are not interesting to me. Ray Bradbury
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I don't tell anyone how to write and no one tells me. 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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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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Into the air, over the valleys, under the stars, above a river, a pond, a road, flew Cecy. Invisible as new spring winds, fresh as the breath of clover rising from twilight fields, she flew. Ray Bradbury
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The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school. Ray Bradbury
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Do you ever wonder if-well, if there are people living on the third planet?' 'The third planet is incapable of supporting life,' stated the husband patiently. 'Our scientists have said there's far too much oxygen in their atmosphere. 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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And the odd think in Dad's voice was the sound truth makes being said. Ray Bradbury
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I'm not trying to PREDICT the future. I'm just trying to PREVENT it. Ray Bradbury
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The minute you get a religion you stop thinking. Believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas. Ray Bradbury
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I was never young. Whoever I was then is dead. That's more of your quills. I don't want a hide full, thanks. I have always figured that you die each day and and each day is a is a box, you see, all numbered and neat; but never go back and lift the lids, because you have died a couple thousand times in your life, and that's a lot of corpses, each dead a different way, each with a worse expression. Each of those days is a different you, somebody you don't know or understand or want to understand. Ray Bradbury
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Don't ask for guarantees. And don't look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore. Ray Bradbury
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The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little. Ray Bradbury
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They crashed the front door and grabbed at a woman, though she was not running, she was not trying to escape. She was only standing, weaving from side to side, her eyes fixed upon a nothingness in the wall as if they had struck her a terrible blow upon the head. Her tongue was moving in her mouth, and her eyes seemed to be trying to remember something, and then they remembered and her tongue moved again: "Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out. 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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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
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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
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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
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The blizzard doesn't last forever; it just seems so. Ray Bradbury
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They are so confident that they will run on forever. But they won't run on. They don't know that this is all one huge big blazing meteor that makes a pretty fire in space, but that some day it'll have to hit. Ray Bradbury
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In touch! There's a slimy phrase. Touch, hell. Gripped! Pawed, rather. Mauled and massaged and pounded by FM voices. Ray Bradbury
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War! The thought stood in Sim's brain. It shocked and beat at him. These men were running to fight, to kill, over there in those small black cliffs where other people lived. But why? Wasn't life short enough without fighting and killing? Ray Bradbury
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Trapped in the blood, athirst for air, Christ, who once was employed as single Son of God Now finds Himself among three billion on a billion Brother sons, their arms thrown wide to grasp and hold and walk them everywhere Now weaving this, now weaving that in swoons... Ray Bradbury
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Science fiction is also a great way to pretend you are writing about the future when in reality you are attacking the recent past and the present. Ray Bradbury
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People are talking about the Internet as a creative tool for writers. I say, B.S. Stay away from that. Stop talking to people around the world and get your work done. Ray Bradbury
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If NASA's budgeters could be convinced that there are riches on Mars, we would explode overnight to stand on the rim of the Martian abyss. Ray Bradbury
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We need something larger than ourselves - that's a real religious activity. That's what space travel can be - relating ourselves to the universe. Ray Bradbury
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I don't think I'm Ray Bradbury. That's a big distinction. It doesn't matter who you are. You mustn't go around saying who you are, or else you get captured by the mask of false identity. It's the work that identifies you. Ray Bradbury
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All this political correctness that's rampant on campuses is b.s. You can't fool around with the dangerous notion of telling a university what to teach and what not to. Ray Bradbury
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If I'd found out that Norman Mailer liked me, I'd have killed myself. I think he was too hung up. I'm glad Kurt Vonnegut didn't like me either. Ray Bradbury
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I loved to illustrate, too, and I was a cartoonist. I always wanted my own comic strip. So I was not only writing about Tarzan, I was drawing my own Sunday panels. Ray Bradbury
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From reading so much poetry every day of my life. My favorite writers have been those who've said things well. Ray Bradbury
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The purpose of fiction is not to nail you to the ground as facts do, but to take you to the edge of the cliff and kick you off so you build your wings on the way down. Ray Bradbury
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You should love literature. You should live in the library. Forget about films. Ray Bradbury
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Screenplays are not writing. They're a fake form of writing. It's a lot of dialogue and very little atmosphere. Very little description. Very little character work. It's very dangerous. You'll never learn to write. Ray Bradbury
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People try to force things. It's disastrous. Just leave your mind alone. Your intuition knows what it wants to write, so get out of the way. Ray Bradbury
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My stories are warnings; they're not predictions. If they were predictions, I wouldn't do them. Because then I'd be part of the doom-ridden psychology. But every time I name a problem, I try to give a solution. Ray Bradbury
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I'm trying to teach people of all ages to, number one: how to criticize, how to offer creative analysis on top of that, how to try to build things in a new direction and how to compliment people when the thing gets done. Ray Bradbury
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Science fiction is a great way to pretend you are writing about the future when in reality you are attacking the recent past and the present. You can criticize communists, racists, fascists or any other clear and present danger, and they can't imagine you are writing about them. Ray Bradbury
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Men read science fiction to build the future. Women don't need to read it. They are the future. Ray Bradbury
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I had decided to be a magician well before I decided to be a writer. I was the little boy who would get up on-stage and do magic wearing a fake mustache, which would fall off during the performance. I'm still trying to perform those tricks. Now I do it with writing. Ray Bradbury
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The automobile is the most dangerous weapon in our society - cars kill more than wars do. Ray Bradbury
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Kids love me because I write stories that tell them about their capacity for evil. I'm one of the few writers who lets you cleanse yourself that way. 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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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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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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