Ray Bradbury Quotes & Wallpapers

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

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

See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream. Ray Bradbury

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

Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much? Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

Reading is at the center of our lives. The library is our brain. Without the library, you have no civilization. Ray Bradbury

I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. Ray Bradbury

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

I'm inclined to believe you need the psychiatrist. Ray Bradbury

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

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

A day without writing was a little death. Ray Bradbury

I'm interested in having fun with ideas, throwing them up in the air like confetti and then running under them. Ray Bradbury

Writing is supposed to be difficult, agonizing, a dreadful exercise, a terrible occupation. Ray Bradbury

Now that I have you thoroughly confused, let me pause to hear your own dismayed cry. Ray Bradbury

Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row. Ray Bradbury

Those who don't build must burn. Ray Bradbury

I'm being ironic. Don't interrupt a man in the midst of being ironic, it's not polite. There! Ray Bradbury

But no man's a hero to himself. Ray Bradbury

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

Your mind's always juggling, isn't it?-mirrors, torches, plates. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

You let the story cool off and then, instead of rewriting it, you relive it. Ray Bradbury

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

Fire the doubters out of your life. Ray Bradbury

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

In touch! There's a slimy phrase. Touch, hell. Gripped! Pawed, rather. Mauled and massaged and pounded by FM voices. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From reading so much poetry every day of my life. My favorite writers have been those who've said things well. Ray Bradbury

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

You should love literature. You should live in the library. Forget about films. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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

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

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

Men read science fiction to build the future. Women don't need to read it. They are the future. Ray Bradbury

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

The automobile is the most dangerous weapon in our society - cars kill more than wars do. Ray Bradbury

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

Sandwich outdoors isn't a sandwich anymore. Tastes different than indoors, notice? Got more spice. Tastes like mint and pinesap. Does wonders for the appetite. Ray Bradbury

First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. Ray Bradbury

The terrible tyranny of the majority. Ray Bradbury

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

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. Ray Bradbury

I don't talk things, sir. I talk the meaning of things. Ray Bradbury

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

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

The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school. Ray Bradbury

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

And the odd think in Dad's voice was the sound truth makes being said. Ray Bradbury

I'm not trying to PREDICT the future. I'm just trying to PREVENT it. Ray Bradbury

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

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

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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