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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. 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
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Your mind's always juggling, isn't it?-mirrors, torches, plates. Ray Bradbury
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We're going to become the martians when we land there. When we explore and build communities, we become the martians. That's a wonderful destiny for all of us. Ray Bradbury
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Most members of Congress are politicians. They're bores. They're damn boring. They have no imagination, and they don't know how to imagine the future. Ray Bradbury
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All of the good, weird stories I"ve written are based on things I"ve dredged out of my subconscious. That's the real stuff. Everything else is fake. Ray Bradbury
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Do' worry about things. Do' push. Just do your work and you"ll survive. The important thing is to have a ball, to be joyful, to be loving and to be explosive. Out of that comes everything and you grow. Ray Bradbury
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You let the story cool off and then, instead of rewriting it, you relive it. Ray Bradbury
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With a book tucked in one hand, and a computer shoved under my elbow, I will march, not sidle, shudder or quake, into the twenty-first century. Ray Bradbury
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Fire the doubters out of your life. 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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