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In your life, did you know enthusiasm?' If the answer is yes you enter the sky. If no, you fall to burn in the pit. -- Ray Bradbury
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Trains and boxcars and the smell of coal and fire are not ugly to children. Ugliness is a concept that we happen on later and become self-conscious about. -- Ray Bradbury
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Men are nuts. Young men are crazy. We all love toys. I'm toy oriented. I write about toys. I've got a lot of toys. Hundreds of things. But computers are toys, and men like to mess around with smart dumb things. They feel creative. -- Ray Bradbury
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You must write every single day of your life ... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads ... 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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The rain continued. It was a hard rain, a perpetual rain, a sweating and steaming rain; it was a mizzle, a downpour, a fountain, a whipping at the eyes, an undertow at the ankles; it was a rain to drown all rains and the memory of rains. -- Ray Bradbury
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See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security. -- Ray Bradbury
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Halloween. Sly does it. Tiptoe catspaws. Slide and creep. But why? What for? How? Who? When! Where did it all begin? 'You don't know, do you?' asks Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud climbing out under the pile of leaves under the Halloween Tree. 'You don't really know!' -- Ray Bradbury
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We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. -- Ray Bradbury
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Love what you do and do what you love. Don't listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life. -- Ray Bradbury
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And looking at one single label on a jar, he felt himself gone round the calendar to the private day this summer when he had looked at the circling world and found himself at its center.
The word on the jar was RELISH.
And he was glad that he had decided to live. -- Ray Bradbury
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For about 150 days a year in Venice, the sun doesn't show through the mist until noon. -- Ray Bradbury
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In most cases I don't even know the metaphors lay waiting to be printed off my retina. -- Ray Bradbury
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Stage 13 was, then, a toy shop, a magic chest, a sorcerer's trunk, a trick manufactory, and an aerial hangar of dreams at the center of which Roy stood each day, waving his long piano fingers at mythic beasts to stir them, whispering, in the ten-billion-year slumbers. -- Ray Bradbury
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They're Caesar's praetorian guard, whispering as the parade roars down the avenue, 'Remember, Caesar, thou art mortal. -- Ray Bradbury
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Bet I know something else you don't. There's dew on the grass in the morning.'
He suddenly couldn't remember if he had known this or not, and it made him quite irritable.
'And if you look' - she nodded at the sky - 'there's a man on the moon.'
He hadn't looked for a long time. -- Ray Bradbury
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Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays?"
"You sound so very old"
"Sometimes I'm ancient. I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always used to be that way? -- Ray Bradbury
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You can't ever have my books. -- Ray Bradbury
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Write what you love and love what you write. -- 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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But no man's a hero to himself. I've lived with me a lifetime. I know everything worth knowing about myself--"

~Something Wicked This Way Comes -- Ray Bradbury
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Any man who can take a TV wall apart and put it back together again, and most men can nowadays, is happier than any man who tries to slide-rule, measure, and equate the universe, which just won't be measured or equated without making man feel bestial and lonely. -- Ray Bradbury
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The years go by. The time, it does fly. Every single second is a moment in time that passes. And it seems like nothing - but when you're looking back ... well, it amounts to everything. -- Ray Bradbury
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Now, with the message sent, the words said, she wanted to call them back, to censor, to rearrange them, to make a prettier sentence, a fairer explanation of her soul. -- Ray Bradbury
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But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom, the solid unmoving cattle of the majority -- Ray Bradbury
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There was a damn silly bird called a Phoenix back before Christ: every few hundred years he built a pyre and burned himself up. He must have been first cousin to Man. -- Ray Bradbury
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If you learn only methods, you'll be tied to your methods, but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods. -- Ray Bradbury
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You don't question Providence. If you can't have the reality, a dream is just as good. -- 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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And the men of Mars realized that in order to survive they would have to forgo asking that one question any longer: Why live? Life was its own answer. -- 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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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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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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Her face was slender and milk-white, and in it was a kind of gentle hunger that touched over everything with tireless curiosity. It was a look, almost, of pale surprise; the dark eyes were so fixed to the world that no moved escaped them. -- Ray Bradbury
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God, here and there, makes madness a calling. -- Ray Bradbury
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That's life for you," said MacDunn. "Someone always waiting for someone who never comes home. Always someone loving some thing more than that thing loves them. And after a while you want to destroy whatever that thing is, so it can't hurt you no more. -- Ray Bradbury
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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
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The library was like a stone quarry where no rain had fallen in ten thousand years. Way off in that direction: silence. Way off in that direction: hush. It was the time between things finished and things begun. Nobody died here. Nobody was born. The library, and all its books, just were. We -- Ray Bradbury
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If you know how to read, you have a complete education about life, then you know how to vote within a democracy. But if you don't know how to read, you don't know how to decide. That's the great thing about our country - we're a democracy of readers, and we should keep it that way. -- Ray Bradbury
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Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. Real brains don't do that. On occasion? Sure. As relaxation? Great. But not full time - And a lot of people are doing that. And while they're doing that, I'll go ahead and write another novel. -- Ray Bradbury
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People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better. -- Ray Bradbury
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Fix the image before it fades. -- Ray Bradbury
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People don't talk about anything ... No, not anything. They name a lot of cars or clothes or swimming pools mostly and say how swell! But they all say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else. -- Ray Bradbury
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We all do what we do. -- Ray Bradbury
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Edgar Allen Poe really started me when I was 8. I fell in love with everything of his. -- Ray Bradbury
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Isn't this a nice time of night to walk? I like to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking, and watch the sun rise. -- Ray Bradbury
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Everything of mine is permeated with my love of ideas-both big and small. It doesn't matter what it is, as long as it grabs me and holds me, facinates me. And then I'll run out and something about it ... I write for fun. -- Ray Bradbury
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Millie? Does the White Clown love you? -- Ray Bradbury
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For being good is a fearful occupation; men strain at it & sometimes break in two. I've known a few. You work twice as hard to be a farmer as to be his hog. -- Ray Bradbury
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I prefer to see myself as the Janus, the two-faced god who is half Pollyanna and half Cassandra, warning of the future and perhaps living too much in the past-a combination of both. -- Ray Bradbury
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I never ask anyone else's opinion. They don't count. -- Ray Bradbury
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My personal telephone book is a book of the dead now. I'm so old. Almost all of my friends have died, and I don't have the guts to take their names out of the book. -- Ray Bradbury
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Nobody listens anymore. I can't talk to the walls because they're yelling at me, I can't talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough it'll make sense. And I want you to teach me to understand what I read. -- Ray Bradbury
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Why live? Life was its own answer. Life was the propagation of more life and the living of as good a life as possible. -- Ray Bradbury
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Sometimes I am stunned at my capacity as a nine-year-old, to understand my entrapment and escape it... Where did I find the courage to rebel, to change my life, live alone? I don't want to over-estimate all this, but damn it, I love that nine-year-old, whoever in hell he was. -- Ray Bradbury
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I've learned that by doing things, things get done -- Ray Bradbury
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Don't write for money. Write because you love to do something. If you write for money, you won't write anything worth reading. -- 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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Jump and let's build our wings on the way down -- 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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Way out in the country tonight he could smell the pumpkins ripening toward the knife and the triangle eye and the singeing candle. -- 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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Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures. -- Ray Bradbury
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Is there a Bible chapter, I wonder? Futilities, verse four, paragraph two?'
'There will be.'
'And will I write it?'
'I have faith in you, Father!'
'Reverend!' he cried.
'Reverend,' I said. -- Ray Bradbury
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If you love people you criticize them, and if you don't love them you don't criticize them, you let them go to hell, don't you? To help any kind of friendship, your marriage, your children, you criticize because you love. -- 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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The reason I shift gears constantly, why I'm doing an opera, why I've done essays, why I've written poetry for years that nobody wanted, why I do short stories and novels and screenplays ... is so I will have new ways of failing. This means becoming a student again. -- Ray Bradbury
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There are too many of us, he thought. There are billions of us and that's too many. Nobody knows anyone. Strangers come and violate you. Strangers come and cut your heart out. Strangers come and take your blood. Good God, who were those men? I never saw them before in my life! -- Ray Bradbury
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Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I've worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior. -- Ray Bradbury
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I've grown up on a diet of metaphors. If young writers would find those writers who can give them metaphors by the bushel and the peck, then they'll become better writers - to learn how to capsualize things and present them in metaphorical form. -- Ray Bradbury
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You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. -- 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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The numbness will go away, he thought. It'll take time, but I'll do it, or Faber will do it for me. Someone somewhere will give me back the old face and the old hands the way they were. Even the smile, he thought, the old burnt-in smile, that's gone. I'm lost without it -- Ray Bradbury
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The most important single thing we had to pound into ourselves is that we were not important, we musn't be pedants; we were not to feel superior to anyone else in the world. We're nothing more than dust jackets for books, of no significance otherwise. -- Ray Bradbury
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You can't learn to write that way - by writing directly for the screen. Wait until you're 30. But in the meantime write 200 short stories. You've got to learn how to write! -- Ray Bradbury
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If you have to ask yourself whether or not you love a girl or you love a boy, forget it. You don't. -- Ray Bradbury
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A book is a loaded gun in the house next door ... Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man? -- Ray Bradbury
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What church could compete with the fireworks of the pure soul? -- Ray Bradbury
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Books are flesh-and-blood ideas and cry out, silently, when put to the torch. -- Ray Bradbury
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I'm afraid of them and they don't like me
because I'm afraid. -- Ray Bradbury
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I feel like I've been saving up a lot of things, and I don't know what. -- Ray Bradbury
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They peered at him with their shining honey warm molasses-brown eyes. Their smiles, the white smiles pinned to their faces, were wide as all of summer. -- Ray Bradbury
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If you want to be a good writer, be the best writer in the world. That's what I've done. -- Ray Bradbury
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I don't believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously.
[Writer's Digest Interview (Robert Jacobs, Writer's Digest, February 1976)] -- 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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The blizzard doesn't last forever; it just seems so. -- Ray Bradbury
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I was partially raised by an aunt who was a dress designer, so I was around her studio all of my early life. I know materials. I can look through Harper's Bazaar and decide what works and what doesn't, or any other magazine, Seventeen if you wish. -- Ray Bradbury
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So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless. -- Ray Bradbury
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Memories, as my father once said, are porcupines. To hell with them! Stay away from them! They make you unhappy. They ruin your work. They make you cry -- Ray Bradbury
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Men throw huge shadows on the lawn, don't they? Then, all their lives, they try to run to fit the shadows. But the shadows are always longer. -- Ray Bradbury
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A red ganglion, no bigger than a scarlet thread, snapped and quivered; a nerve, no greater than a red linen fiber twisted. Deep in her one little mech was gone and the entire machine, imbalanced, was about to steadily shake itself to bits. -- Ray Bradbury
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If there were no war, if there was peace in the world, I'd say fine, have fun! But, Montag, you mustn't go back to being just a fireman. All isn't well with the world. -- Ray Bradbury
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Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together. -- Ray Bradbury
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I laugh until I weep And weep until I smile -- Ray Bradbury
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And the sun goes on, day after day, burning and burning. The sun and time. The sun and time and burning. Burning. -- Ray Bradbury
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He raged for hours. And the skeleton, ever the frail and solelmn philosopher, hung quietly inside, saying not a word, suspended like a delicate insect within a chrysalis, waiting and waiting. -- Ray Bradbury
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If you are going to describe the history of animation, you'd look at the early Disney work, then 'Bugs Bunny,' 'Road Runner' and other Warner Brothers theatrical productions. But when you got to 'Rocky and Bullwinkle,' you'd see they were unique: They assumed you had a brain in your head. -- Ray Bradbury
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We are an impossibility in an impossible universe. -- Ray Bradbury
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In science fiction, we dream. In order to colonize in space, to rebuild our cities, which are so far out of whack, to tackle any number of problems, we must imagine the future, including the new technologies that are required. -- 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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You have to learn to take rejection not as an indication of personal failing but as a wrong address. -- Ray Bradbury
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Stand by for the lovely concussion. -- Ray Bradbury
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It is good to renew one's wonder, said the philosopher. Space travel has again made children of us all. -- Ray Bradbury
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I never in my life argued with a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream. -- Ray Bradbury
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There it is."
And he watched with now-gentle sorrow and now-quick delight, and at last quiet acceptance as all the bits and pieces of his house mixed, stirred, settled, poised, and ran steadily again.
"The Happiness Machine," he said. "The Happiness Machine. -- Ray Bradbury
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Do you understand now why books are hated and feared? Because they reveal the pores on the face of life. The comfortable people want only the faces of the full moon, wax, faces without pores, hairless, expressionless. -- Ray Bradbury
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A regrettable situation," said Bierce, smiling, "for the Yuletide merchants who, toward the last there, as I recall, were beginning to put up holly and sing Noel the day before Halloween. With any luck at all this year they might have started on Labor Day! -- 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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My gosh, if you're going away, we got a million things to talk about! All the things we would've talked about next month, the month after! Praying mantises, zeppelins, acrobats, sword swallowers! -- Ray Bradbury
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They whispered to Caesar that he was mortal, then sold daggers at half-price in the grand March sale. -- Ray Bradbury
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No one said anything. We all just looked up at the sky and we breathed out and in and we all thought the same things, but nobody said. -- Ray Bradbury
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You ask Why to a lot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed, if you keep at it. The poor girl's better off dead -- Ray Bradbury
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Writing is like sex. You have to save your love for the love object. If you go around spouting about your idea, there'll be no "charge" left. You can't father children that way. -- Ray Bradbury
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But what is shape? Only a cup for the blazing soul that God provides us all. -- 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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I remember the newspapers dying like huge moths. No one wanted them back. No one missed them. -- Ray Bradbury
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We meet on the common ground of an uncommon age and share out our gifts of dark and light, good and bad, simple joy and not so simple sorrow. -- Ray Bradbury
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I take this continent with me into the grave. -- Ray Bradbury
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Teachers say if you write a story you must never name what you're trying to write. Just do it. When it's over you'll know what you've done. -- Ray Bradbury
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Sleep is a patch of death, but three in the morn, full wide-eyed staring, is living death! You dream with your eyes open. God, if you had the strength to rouse up, you'd slaughter your half-dreams with a buckshot! But no, you lie pinned to a deep well-bottom that's burned dry. -- Ray Bradbury
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And besides, I like to cry. After I cry hard it's like it's morning again and I'm starting the day over. -- Ray Bradbury
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I have been the patient one. I have waited for the world to stop being silly. I have waited for it to stop wars. I have waited for politicians to be honest. I have waited for real estate men to be good citizens. But while I wait, I dance! -- Ray Bradbury
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I try to keep up with what's being done in every field, and most children's books are ten times more enjoyable than the average American novel right now. -- Ray Bradbury
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In ballet, any dancer who asks himself what step comes next must freeze. Any man who takes a sex manual to bed with him invites frigidity. Dancing, sex, writing a novel
all are a living process, quick thought, emotion making yet more quick thought, and so on, cycling round. -- Ray Bradbury
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In that film Love Story, there's a line, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." That's the dumbest thing I ever heard. Love means saying you're sorry every day for some little thing or other. -- Ray Bradbury
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She knew a thing she should have known all along: that dead people are like wax memory-you take them in your mind, you shape and squeeze them, push a bump here, stretch one out there, pull the body tall, shape and reshape, handle, sculp and finish a man-memory until he's all out of kilter. -- Ray Bradbury
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It was like a great bee come home from some field where the honey is full of poison wildness, of insanity and nightmare, its body crammed with that over-rich nectar and now it was sleeping the evil out of itself. -- Ray Bradbury
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It was only the other night everything was fine and the next thing I know Im drowning. How many times can a man go down and still be alive? I can't breathe -- Ray Bradbury
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I was only kicking down the Christmas tree to get the star on top. -- Ray Bradbury
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Each of the men I have listed seized a bit of the quicksilver of life, froze it for all time and turned, in the blaze of their creativity, to point at it and cry, "Isn't this good!" And it was good. -- Ray Bradbury
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Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered ... sealed away for opening on a January day with snow falling fast and the sun unseen for weeks ... -- Ray Bradbury
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No sound, once made, is ever truly lost. In electric clouds, all are safely trapped, and with a touch, if we find them, we can recapture those echoes of sad, forgotten wars, long summers, and sweet autumns. -- Ray Bradbury
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Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man? Me? -- Ray Bradbury
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Ideas and philosophies change just as machines do. Religions changed because of the birth control pill. Politics changes because of the hydrogen bomb. All because of science fictional inventions. -- Ray Bradbury
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I don't understand this whole thing about computers and the superhighway. Who wants to be in touch with all of those people? -- Ray Bradbury
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Life shoould be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at other move forward with it. -- Ray Bradbury
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Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. -- 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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Shakespeare wrote Moby-Dick, using Melville as a Ouija board. -- Ray Bradbury
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Like a fall of timber he chopped himself to bed. -- Ray Bradbury
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The man just opened his mouth, which meant that all kinds of secret doors in his body gave way. He did not sing so much as let his soul free. - Green Shadows, White Whale -- Ray Bradbury
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Because sometimes the Church seems like those posed circus tableaus where the curtain lifts and men, white, zinc-oxide, talcum-powder statues, freeze to represent abstract Beauty. Very wonderful. But I hope there will always be room for me to dart about among the statues, don't you, Father Stone? -- Ray Bradbury
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There it sat, perfect as a fresh-laid egg on the dead sea bottom, the only nucleus of light and warmth in hundreds of miles of lonely wasteland. It was like a heart beating alone in a great dark body. He felt almost sorrowful with pride, gazing at it with wet eyes. -- Ray Bradbury
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Whirl man's mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought! -- Ray Bradbury
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Look at it this way, child, life is a magic show, or should be if people didn't go to sleep on each other. Always leave folks with a bit of mystery, son. -- Ray Bradbury
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The library is the biggest cracker box factory in the world. The more you eat, the more you want. -- Ray Bradbury
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I might be dead by noon -- Ray Bradbury
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I sat and three hours later realized I had been seized by an idea that started short but grew to wild size by day's end. The concept was so riveting I found it hard at sunset to flee the library basement and take the bus home to reality: my house, my wife, and our baby daughter. -- 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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The trouble with a lot of people who try to write is they intellectualize about it. That comes after. The intellect is given to us by God to test things once they're done, not to worry about things ahead of time. -- Ray Bradbury
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And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right. -- Ray Bradbury
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The nightmare of living was begun. -- Ray Bradbury
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I'm ALIVE. Thinking about it, noticing it, is new. You do things and don't watch. Then all of a sudden you look and see what you're doing and it's the first time, really. -- Ray Bradbury
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For the first thing a writer should be is - excited. He should be a thing of fevers and enthusiasms. Without such vigor, he might as well be out picking peaches or digging ditches; God knows it would be better for his health. -- Ray Bradbury
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Ah, no, ah, no. There, senor, you would be wrong. Knowing that after the first year the rent is liable not to be paid, we bury the poorest two feet down. It is less work, you understand? of course, we must judge by the family who owns a body. -- Ray Bradbury
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Think of Shakespeare and Melville and you think of thunder, lightning, wind. They all knew the joy of creating in large or small forms, on unlimited or restricted canvases. These are the children of the gods. -- Ray Bradbury
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And the lesson was this; sit in the sun, head down, within a prickly vine, in a flickery light, or open light, and the world will come to you. The sky will come in its time, bringing rain, and the earth will rise through you, from beneath, and make you rich and make you full. -- Ray Bradbury
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There was a crash like the falling parts of a dream fashioned out of warped glass, mirrors, and crystal prisms. -- Ray Bradbury
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Everything that happens before Death is what counts. -- Ray Bradbury
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For if we're destroyed, the knowledge is dead ... We're nothing more than dust jackets for books ... so many pages to a person ... -- Ray Bradbury
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When you reach the stars, boy, yes, and live there forever, all the fears will go, and Death himself will die. -- Ray Bradbury
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The suit caught light and stirred like a bed of black tweed-thorns, interminably itching, covering the man's long body with motion so it seemed he should excruciate, cry out, and tear the clothes free. -- Ray Bradbury
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Custodians of our peace of mind, the focus of our understandable and rightful dread of being inferior; official censors, judges, and executors. -- Ray Bradbury
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You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. -- 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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Melt all the guns, I thought, break the knives, burn the guillotines-and the malicious will still write letters that kill. -- Ray Bradbury
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Ah, art! Ah, life! The pendulum swinging back and forth, from complex to simple, again to complex. From romantic to realistic, back to romantic. -- Ray Bradbury
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Those who don't build must burn. -- Ray Bradbury
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So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all. -- Ray Bradbury
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What is the greatest reward a writer can have? Isn't it that day when someone rushes up to you, his face bursting with honesty, his eyes afire with admiration and cries, That new story of yours was fine, really wonderful! -- Ray Bradbury
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The mosquitos were gone from the porch, and surely when they abandoned the conflict the war with Time was really done, there was nothing for it but that humans also forsake the battleground. -- Ray Bradbury
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Why go to a machine when you could go to a human being? -- Ray Bradbury
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Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.
[1967 interview] -- Ray Bradbury
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Yell. Jump. Play. Out-run those sons-of-bitches. They'll never live the way you live. Go do it. -- Ray Bradbury
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These are all novels, all about people that never existed, the people that read them it makes them unhappy with their own lives. Makes them want to live in other ways they can never really be. -- 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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He almost turned back to make the walk again, to give her time to appear. He was certain if he tried the same route, everything would work out fine. -- Ray Bradbury
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This was all he wanted now. Some signs that the immense world would accept him and give him the long time he needed to think all the things that must be thought. -- Ray Bradbury
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Through lack of education, we're not teaching kids to read and write. So there is the danger that you raise up a generation of morons. -- Ray Bradbury
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The quality of death, like that of life, must be of an infinite variety, and if one has already died once, then what was there to look for in dying for good and all, as he was now? -- Ray Bradbury
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Get rid of those friends of yours who make fun of you and don't believe in you. And when you leave here tonight, go home, make a phone call and fire them. Anyone that doesn't believe in you and your future, to hell with them. -- Ray Bradbury
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But the full moon soothes all sick animal, be they human or plan field beast. there is a serenity of color, a quietude of touch, a sweet sculpturing of mind and body in full moonlight. -- Ray Bradbury
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Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal. -- Ray Bradbury
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Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline! -- Ray Bradbury
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In other words, if your boy is a poet, horse manure can only mean flowers to him; which is, of course, what horse manure has always been about. -- 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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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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Every time you take a step, even when you don't want to ... When it hurts, when it means you rub chins with death, or even if it means dying, that's good. Anything that moves ahead, wins. No chess game was ever won by the player who sat for a lifetime thinking over his next move. -- Ray Bradbury
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The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me. -- Ray Bradbury
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Americans are far more remarkable than we give ourselves credit for. We've been so busy damning ourselves for years. We've done it all, and yet we don't take credit for it. -- Ray Bradbury
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If she fell, if she broke, you'd find a million fragments in the morning. Bright crystal and clear wine on the parquet flooring, that's all you'd see at dawn. -- Ray Bradbury
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Here at this far lost end of the continent, where the trail wagons had stopped and the people with them ... -- Ray Bradbury
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He carries no burden, he feels no pain. What man, like woman, lies down in the darkness and gets up with child? The gentle, smiling ones own the good secret. Oh, what strange wonderful clocks women are. They nest in Time. They make flesh that holds fast and binds eternity. -- 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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But that was another Mildred so deep inside this one, and so bothered, really bothered, that the two women had never met. -- Ray Bradbury
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What are you up to now?" "I'm sill crazy. The rain feels good. I love to walk in it. -- Ray Bradbury
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Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, 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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I hate a Roman named Status Quo!' he said to me. 'Stuff your eyes with wonder, ' he said, '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. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. -- Ray Bradbury
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You've got to love libraries. You've got to love books. You've got to love poetry. You've got to love everything about literature. Then, you can pick the one thing you love most and write about it. -- Ray Bradbury
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Ridges of his thumbprint. He touched me. As I said -- Ray Bradbury
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It had moved in the midnight waters of space like a pale sea leviathan; it had passed the ancient moon and thrown itself onward into one nothingness following another. -- Ray Bradbury
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The hot blue-glass eyes of the mannequins watched as the ladies drifted down the empty river bottom street, their images shimmering in the windows like blossoms seen under darkly moving waters. -- Ray Bradbury
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Maybe I don't have enough to do. Maybe I have time to think too much. Why don't we shut the whole house off for a few days and take a vacation? -- 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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Kill two birds with one stone, feed the homeless to the hungry. -- Ray Bradbury
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So there you have it, a lifetime of first smelling the books, they all smell wonderful, reading the books, loving the books, and remembering the books. -- Ray Bradbury
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It's important to read a book, but also to hold the book, to smell the book ... it's perfume, it's incense, it's the dust of Egypt ... -- Ray Bradbury
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And finally, have you trained well enough so you can say what you want to say without getting hamstrung? Have you written enough so that you are relaxed and can allow the truth to get out without being ruined by self-conscious posturings or changed by a desire to become rich? -- Ray Bradbury
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I used to take my short stories to girls' homes and read them to them. Can you imagine the reaction reading a short story to a girl instead of pawing her? -- Ray Bradbury
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You could see her thoughts swimming around in her eyes, like fish - some bright, some dark, some fast, quick, some slow and easy, and sometimes, like when she looked up where Earth was, being nothing but colour and nothing else. -- Ray Bradbury
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Do what you love and love what you do. Don't do anything for money. Everything should be for love. -- 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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Sometimes I'm ancient. I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always use to be that way? -- Ray Bradbury
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He smelled of moon swamps and old Egyptian bandages. He was something found in museums, wrapped in nicotine linens, sealed in glass. But he was alive, puling like a babe, and shriveling unto death, fast, very fast, before their eyes. -- Ray Bradbury
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And if it's around October twentieth and everything smoky-smelling and the sky orange and ash gray at twilight, it seems Halloween will never come in a fall of broomsticks and a soft flap of bed-sheets around corners. -- Ray Bradbury
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About this grass now. I didn't finish telling. It grows so close it's guaranteed to kill off clover and dandelions-"
"Great God in heaven! That means no dandelion wine next year! That means no bees crossing our lot! You're out of your mind, son -- Ray Bradbury
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It is the privilege of old people to seem to know everything. But it's an act and a mask, like every other act and mask. Between ourselves, we old ones wink at each other and smile, saying, How do you like my mask, my act, my certainty? Isn't life a play? Don't I play it well? -- Ray Bradbury
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More sports for everyone, group spirit, fun and you don't have to think, eh? Organize and organize and superorganize super-super sports. More cartoons in books. More pictures. The mind drinks less and less. -- 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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Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down. -- 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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Hers was simply not a pew-shaped spine. -- Ray Bradbury
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The thing that makes me happy is that I know that on Mars, two hundred years from now, my books are going to be read. They'll be up on dead Mars with no atmosphere. And late at night, with a flashlight, some little boy is going to peek under the covers and read The Martian Chronicles on Mars. -- Ray Bradbury
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You pay a certain penalty for going your own way. A lot of people think you're nuts, and you're not as popular with girls as you should be. -- Ray Bradbury
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But this was like old movies, the silent theater haunted with black-and-white ghosts, silvery mouths opening to let moonlight smoke out, gestures made in silence so hushed you could hear the wind fizz the hair on your cheeks. -- Ray Bradbury
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You take the books, you lie there in the pools of light and you drink life. That is how intensely I have loved libraries. -- Ray Bradbury
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I did what most writers do at their beginnings: emulated my elders, imitated my peers, thus turning away from any possibility of discovering truths beneath my skin and behind my eye. -- Ray Bradbury
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His destiny is in his genes. He can no more ignore this call, this summons, than he can ignore the beating of his heart. So it is with Man's becoming more than he now is. Not Superman, assuredly, for that name has been contaminated with misuse. But a creature with a superb destiny. -- Ray Bradbury
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In our time the search for extraterrestrial life will eventually change our laws, our religions, our philosophies, our arts, our recreations, as well as our sciences. Space, the mirror, waits for life to come look for itself there. -- 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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MOTHER:
Why, just lying there, Jim, you run so fast. I never saw anyone move so much, just sleeping. Promise me, Jim. Wherever you go and come back, bring lots of kids. Let them run wild. Let me spoil them, some day.
JIM:
I'm never going to own anything that can hurt me. -- Ray Bradbury
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It was in their friendship they just wanted to run forever, shadow and shadow. -- Ray Bradbury
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And suddenly everything, absolutely everything, was there. -- Ray Bradbury
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Montag wanted to fly near the sun and now that he's burnt his damn wings, he wonders why -- Ray Bradbury
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My favorite writers have been those who've said things well. -- 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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In quickness is truth. The more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth deadfalling or tiger-trapping. -- Ray Bradbury
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On the front porch where she had come to weigh them quietly with her eyes, her quietness a condemnation, the woman stood motionless. -- Ray Bradbury
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See the fish ... Just like war. War swims along, sees food, contracts. A moment later - Earth is gone. -- Ray Bradbury
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I'm seventeen and I'm crazy. -- Ray Bradbury
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And on either side of the river was there a tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Yes, -- 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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Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time, -- Ray Bradbury
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When I was a young writer if you went to a party and told somebody you were a science-fiction writer you would be insulted. They would call you Flash Gordon all evening, or Buck Rogers. -- 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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Who ever heard of a Martian not invading? Who! -- Ray Bradbury
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You really expect answers to your calling when you are young. You feel that whatever you may think can be real. And some times maybe that is not so wrong. -- Ray Bradbury
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Ask 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 trouble with Jim was he looked at the world and could not look away. And when you never look away all your life, by the time you are thirteen you have done twenty years taking in the laundry of the world. -- Ray Bradbury
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And he listened to me. That was the thing he did, as if he was trying to fill himself up with all the sound he could hear. He listened to the wind and the falling ocean and my voice, always with rapt attention, a concentration that almost excluded physical bodies themselves and kept only the sounds. -- Ray Bradbury
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I wish I had known him, but he was just another shadow outside my screen door and I already had a sufficiency of shadows in. -- Ray Bradbury
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I have three rules to live by: Get your work done. If that doesn't work, shut up and drink your gin, and when all else fails, run like hell. -- Ray Bradbury
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Boy," said the old man at last, "in five years, how would you like a job selling shoes in this emporium?"
"Gosh, thanks, Mr. Sanderson, but I don't know what I'm going to be yet."
"Anything you want to be son," said the old man, "you'll be. No one will ever stop you. -- Ray Bradbury
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Rubens! All bosom and bum, big cumulus clouds of pink flesh, eh? You can feel the heart beating like a kettledrum in a ton of that stuff. Every woman a bed; throw yourself on them, sink from sight. -- Ray Bradbury
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He felt as if he had left a stage behind and many actors.
He felt as if he had left the great seance and all the murmuring ghosts.
He was moving from an unreality that was frightening into a reality that was unreal because it was new. -- Ray Bradbury
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Not to write, for many of us, is to die. We must take ares each and every day, perhaps knowing that the battle cannot be entirely won, but fight we must, if only a gentle bout. The smallest effort to win means, at the end of each day, a sort of victory. -- Ray Bradbury
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He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back. -- Ray Bradbury
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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, while the hungry snake made her still more empty. How -- Ray Bradbury
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If we try to deny the darkness in our souls then we'll become completely dark. -- Ray Bradbury
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I love writing, it's the center of my life. If you don't love what you do, you'd better find something else to love. Otherwise, you don't have a reason for living. -- Ray Bradbury
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He was part of us and when he dies, all the actions stopped dead and there was no one to do them just the way he did. He was individual. He was an important man. -- Ray Bradbury
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All the women in my life have been librarians, English teachers and book sellers. -- 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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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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The house was an altar with ten thousand attendants, big, small, servicing, attending, in choirs. But the gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly. -- Ray Bradbury
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They sat on the edge of a brook and took off their shoes and let the water cut their feet off to the ankles with an exquisite cold razor. -- Ray Bradbury
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Good to evil seems evil a -- Ray Bradbury
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Good to evil seems evil -- Ray Bradbury
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Sit down, Montag. Watch. Delicately, like the petals of a flower. Light the first page, light the second page. Each becomes a black butterfly. Beautiful, eh?' ... There sat Beatty, perspiring gently, the floor littered with swarms of black moths that had died in a single storm. -- 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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The sun rose yellow as a lemon.
The sky was round and blue.
The birds looped clear water songs in the air.
Will and Jim leaned from their windows.
Nothing had changed.
Except the look in Jim's eyes.
"Last night ... " said Will. "Did or didn't it happen? -- Ray Bradbury
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You must never name the goal. You must never tell us the target you're hitting for. You must automatically go toward it without ever naming it. -- Ray Bradbury
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Well, I've kept you waiting long enough, he said, peering at me from that distance which drinking adds between people and which, at odd turns in the evening, seems closeness itself. -- 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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It's the Lord's space and the Lord's worlds in space, Father. We must not try to take our cathedrals with us, when all we need is an overnight case. -- Ray Bradbury
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There's no one way to be creative. Any old way will work. -- Ray Bradbury
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As Samuel Spaulding, Esquire, once said, 'Dig in the earth, delve in the soul.' Spin those mower blades, Bill, and walk in the spray of the Fountain of Youth. End of lecture. Besides, a mess of dandelion greens is good eating once in a while. -- Ray Bradbury
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We must move into the universe. Mankind must save itself. We must escape the danger of war and politics. We must become astronauts and go out into the universe and discover the God in ourselves. -- Ray Bradbury
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The remarkable thing about life quite often is meeting people you feel you were destined to meet -- 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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We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real? -- Ray Bradbury
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That's all science fiction was ever about. Hating the way things are, wanting to make things different. -- Ray Bradbury
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Why then you're as mad as me. No, madder. For I distrust 'reality' and its moron mother, the universe, while you fasten your innocence to fallible devices which pretend at happy endings. -- Ray Bradbury
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It is a lie to write in such way as to be rewarded by fame offered you by some snobbish quasi-literary groups in the intellectual gazettes. -- Ray Bradbury
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I never liked lobster in my life, and mainly because I'd never tried it. On my eightieth birthday I tried it. I can't say I'm greatly excited over lobster still, but I have no doubt as to its taste now, and I don't fear it. I dare say death will be a lobster, too, and I can come to terms with it. -- Ray Bradbury
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Perfect, faultless, in ruins, yes, but perfect,nevertheless. -- Ray Bradbury
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Do we have the Book of Ecclesiastes?"
"One. A man named Harris in Youngstown."
"Montag." Granger took Montag's shoulder firmly. "Walk carefully. Guard your health. If anything should happen to Harris, you are the Book of Ecclesiastes. See how important you've become in the last minute! -- Ray Bradbury
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And Quell asked, 'Ah, but what is nature?'
Socrates answered, sparks showering, 'God surprising himself with odd miracles of flesh. -- Ray Bradbury
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He saw himself in her eyes, suspended in two shining drops of bright water, himself
dark and tiny, in fine detail, the lines about his mouth, everything there, as if her eyes
were two miraculous bits of violet amber that might capture and hold him intact. -- Ray Bradbury
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When I look back now, I realize what a trial I must have been to my friends and relatives. It was one frenzy after one elation after one enthusiasm after one hysteria after another. I was always yelling and running somewhere, because I was afraid life was going to be over that very afternoon. -- Ray Bradbury
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You're peculiar, you're aggravating, yet you're easy to forgive. You say you're seventeen?..How odd. How strange. And my wife thirty and yet you seem so much older at times. I can't get over it. -- Ray Bradbury
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Fiction gives us empathy: It puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gift of seeing through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over. -- Ray Bradbury
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A single face turned upward toward all Time One flesh, one ecstasy, one peace. -- Ray Bradbury
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With nothing trembles.
To be afraid of nothing for no reason. And having to live with that nothing until dawn. -- Ray Bradbury
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We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. -- Ray Bradbury
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When I started writing seriously, I made the major discovery of my life - that I am right and everybody else is wrong if they disagree with me. What a great thing to learn: Don't listen to anyone else, and always go your own way. -- Ray Bradbury
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My dear, you never will understand time, will you? You're always trying to be the things you were, instead of the person you are tonight. Why do you save those ticket stubs and theater programs? They'll only hurt you later. Throw them away, my dear. -- Ray Bradbury
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I'm not a serious person, and I don't like serious people. -- Ray Bradbury
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I never thought of God as humorous," said Father Stone. "The Creator of the platypus, the camel, the ostrich, and man? Oh, come now! -- Ray Bradbury
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If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder. -- Ray Bradbury
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She looked at the skull and laughed. Death is a good thing in Mexico; it is a thing to talk of at dinner, at breakfast, with or without a drink, with or without a smile.
("The Candy Skull") -- Ray Bradbury
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The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that! All -- Ray Bradbury
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Perhaps I expected to look in and find a giant canary, stretched out on a carpet of dust, songless, capable of only heart murmurs for talk. -- Ray Bradbury
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Because her flesh knows heat, cold, affliction, I know fire, snow, and pain. -- Ray Bradbury
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There is too much government today. We've got to remember the government should be by the people, of the people, and for the people. -- Ray Bradbury
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I don't need to be vindicated, and I don't want attention. -- Ray Bradbury
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Their hands slapped library door handles together, their chests broke track tapes together, their tennis shoes beat parallel pony tracks over lawns, trimmed bushes, squirreled trees, no one losing, both winning, thus saving their friendship for other times of loss. -- Ray Bradbury
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I got started as an actor when I was 12. -- Ray Bradbury
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Here you lie in the tremendous web. Others are about you, but they are whole - whole hearts and bodies. But all of you that lives is back there walking the desolate seas in evening winds. This thing here, this cold clay thing, is already dead. -- Ray Bradbury
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Heaven is a house with porch lights. -- Ray Bradbury
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We all are rich and ignore the buried fact of accumulated wisdom. -- Ray Bradbury
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Once in a lifetime anyway, it's nice to make a mistake if you think it'll do somebody some good," she -- Ray Bradbury
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And the men with the cigarettes in their straight-lined mouths, the men with the eyes of puff adders, took up their load of machine and tube, their case of liquid melancholy and the slow dark sludge of nameless stuff, and strolled out the door. -- 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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The river was very real; it held him comfortably and gave him the time at last, the leisure, to consider this month, this year, and a lifetime of years. -- Ray Bradbury
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You can't build a house without nails and wood. If you don't want a house built, hide the nails and wood. If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides of a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. -- Ray Bradbury
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If you're embarrassed because you have some notion about how men are supposed to behave, and it doesn't include weeping, then you have some personal work to do. -- Ray Bradbury
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Don't let people interfere with you. Boot 'em out, turn off the phone, hide away, get it done. If you carry a short story over to the next day you may overnight intellectualize something about it and try to make it too fancy, try to please someone. -- Ray Bradbury
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He felt his smile slide away, melt, fold over and down on itself like a tallow skin, like the stuff of a fantastic candle burning too long and now collapsing and now blown out. -- Ray Bradbury
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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. -- 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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I believe in having fun first, and along the way, if you teach people, if you influence people, well and good. -- 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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There's no use going to school unless your final destination is the library. -- Ray Bradbury
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I don't know anything anymore -- Ray Bradbury
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Coloured people don't like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don't feel good about Uncle Tom's Cabin. Burn it. Someone's written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book. -- Ray Bradbury
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Anything that's strange is no good to the average American. If it doesn't have Chicago plumbing, it's nonsense. -- Ray Bradbury
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Everything is generated through your own will power. -- 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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Life gives us everything. Then it takes it away. Youth, love, happiness, friends. Darkness gets it all in the end. -- Ray Bradbury
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I shall remain on Mars and read a book. -- Ray Bradbury
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I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room. -- 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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The great thing about my life is that everything I've done is a result of what I was when I was 12 or 13, -- Ray Bradbury
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To feed your Muse, then, you should always have been hungry about life since you were a child. If not, it is a little late to start. -- Ray Bradbury
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All of the hot-dog stands were boarded up with strips of golden planking, sealing in all the mustard, onion, meat odors of the long, joyful summer. It was like nailing summer into a series of coffins. -- Ray Bradbury
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She wanted to get at the hate of them all, to pry at it and work at it until she found a little chink, and then pull out a pebble or a stone or a brick and then a part of the wall, and, once started, the whole edifice might roar down and be done away with. -- Ray Bradbury
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It shouldn't work. It shouldn't be magic. You shouldn't weep happy and then sad and then happy again.
But you do. And I do. And we all do. -- Ray Bradbury
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Don't worry about things. Don't 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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Today we haved touched Mars. There is life on Mars, and it us us-extensions of our eyes in all directions, extensions of our mind, extensions of our heart and soul have touched Mars today. That's the message to look for there: We are on Mars. We are the Martians! -- Ray Bradbury
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We are all bits and pieces of history and literature and international law, Byron, Tom Paine, Machiavelli or Christ, it's here. And the hour's late. And the war's begun. And we are out here, and the city is there, all wrapped up in its own coat of a thousand colors. -- 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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She was too wonderful a character to be allowed to die and I realize now that I should have allowed her to appear at hte end of my book. [Ray writes about the character Clarisse] -- 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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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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You can make yourself happy or miserable - it's the same amount of effort. -- Ray Bradbury
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I 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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Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them, at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us. - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 -- Ray Bradbury
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I've only written one science-fiction book: 'Fahrenheit 451.' That book is a book based on real facts and my hatred of people who destroy books. -- Ray Bradbury
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Where's your common sense? None of those books agree with each other. You've been locked up here for years with a regular damned Tower of Babel. Snap out of it! The people in those books never lived. Come on now! -- Ray Bradbury
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right from the start of Fahrenheit 451 everybody on the unit has begun to read. There are often hundreds of books on the set; each member of the unit chooses one, and sometimes you can hear nothing but the sound of turning pages. Wednesday, -- Ray Bradbury
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Books bombarded his shoulders, his arms, his upturned face. A book lit, almost obediently, like a white pigeon, in his hands, wings fluttering. -- Ray Bradbury
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When I reread it as a teenager, Fahrenheit 451 had become a book about independence, about thinking for yourself. It was about treasuring books and the dissent inside the covers of books. It was about how we as humans begin by burning books and end by burning people. -- Ray Bradbury
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The woman knelt among the books, touching the drenched leather and cardboard, reading the gilt titles with her fingers while her eyes accused Montage.
"You can't ever have my books," she said. -- Ray Bradbury
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There were only the great diamonds and sapphires and emerald mists and velvet inks of space, with God's voice mingling among the crystal fires. -- Ray Bradbury
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There was her face, like a summer peach, beautiful and warm, and the light of the candles reflected in her dark eyes. [He] held his breath. The entire world waited and held its breath. -- Ray Bradbury
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Faber sniffed the book. Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land? I loved to smell them when I was a boy. -- Ray Bradbury
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Fantasies are things that can't happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen. -- Ray Bradbury
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I have a big box of autographs. I took photographs of me and Marlene Dietrich, me and Ida Lupino. I took pictures of Myrna Loy and Joel McCrea in front of the studios. I loved Hollywood. I have 500 autographs and 500 photographs I took. -- Ray Bradbury
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They'll fry you, bleach you, change you! Crack you, flake you away until you're nothing but a husband, a working man, the one with the money who pays so they can come sit in there devouring their evil chocalates! Do you think you could control them? -- Ray Bradbury
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I believe in Darwin and God together. -- Ray Bradbury
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Stuff your eyes with wonder. -- Ray Bradbury
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Miraculously, smoke curled out of his own mouth, his nose, his ears, his eyes, as if his soul had been extinguished within his lungs at the very moment the sweet pumpkin gave up its incensed ghost. -- Ray Bradbury
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Death loves death, not life. Dying people love to know that others die with them; it is a comfort to learn you are not alone in the kiln, in the grave. -- Ray Bradbury
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Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land? I loved to smell them when I was a boy. Lord, there were a lot of lovely books once, before we let them go. -- Ray Bradbury
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You don't ask a dream if it is real, or you wake up. -- Ray Bradbury
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Out of the nursery into the college and back into the nursery; there's your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries or more. -- Ray Bradbury
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He held both hands over his eyes and applied a steady pressure there as if to crush memory into place. -- Ray Bradbury
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I love the musical form of books. It's a different way of doing things, it's very beautiful. You're able to sing things instead of saying them. So what the heck - why not do them? -- Ray Bradbury
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The bombers crossed the sky and crossed the sky over the house, gasping, murmuring, whistling like an immense, invisible fan, circling in emptiness. -- Ray Bradbury
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We haven't been too bad, have we?"
"No, nor enormously good. I suppose that's the trouble - we haven't been much of anything except us, while a big part of the world was busy being lots of awful things. -- Ray Bradbury
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And right now he and Douglas were hiking out beyond town on another warm and marble-round day, the sky blue blown-glass reaching high, the creeks bright with mirror waters fanning over white stones. It was a day as perfect as the flame of a candle. -- Ray Bradbury
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The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love. -- Ray Bradbury
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Most members of Congress are politicians. They're bores. -- Ray Bradbury
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Write 1000 words a day. That's only about four pages, but force yourself to do it. Put your finger down your throat and throw up. That's what writing's all about. -- Ray Bradbury
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What a dreadful surprise. For everyone knows, is absolutely certain, that nothing will ever happen to me. Others die, I go on. There are no consequences and no responsibilities. Except that there are. But lets not talk about em eh? By the time the consequences catch up to you its too late isn't it? -- Ray Bradbury
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They knew how to combine science and religion so the two worked side by side, neither denying the other, each enriching the other. -- Ray Bradbury
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He felt that the stars had been pulverized by the sound of the black jets and that in the morning the earth would be covered with their dust like a strange snow. -- Ray Bradbury
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Her face was like a snow-covered island upon which rain might fall, but it felt no rain; over which clouds might pass their moving shadows, but she felt no shadow. -- Ray Bradbury
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You feed yourself. Make sure you have all the information, whether it's aesthetic, scientific, mathematical, I don't care what it is. Then you walk away from it and let it ferment. You ignore it and pretend you don't care. Next thing you know, the answer comes. -- 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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For your file ... in case you decide to be angry with me. -- Ray Bradbury
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The most improbable tales can be made believable, if your reader, through his sense, feels certain that he stands at the middle of events. -- Ray Bradbury
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A great thunderstorm of sound gushed from the walls. Music bombarded him at such an immense volume that his bones were almost shaken from their tendons; he felt his jaw vibrate, his eyes wobble in his head. -- Ray Bradbury
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And then, to the sound of death, the sound of the jets cutting the sky in two black pieces beyond the horizon, he would lie in the loft, hidden and safe, watching those strange new stars over the rim of the earth, fleeing from the soft color of dawn. -- Ray Bradbury
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An athlete may run ten thousand miles in order to prepare for one hundred yards. Quantity gives experience. -- Ray Bradbury
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Fire is bright and fire is clean. That way lies melancholy. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world. -- Ray Bradbury
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How talented was death. How many expressions and manipulations of hand, face, body, no two alike. -- Ray Bradbury
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In the morning he would not have needed sleep, for all the warm odors and sights of a complete country night would have rested and slept him while his eyes were wide and his mouth, when he thought to test it, was half a smile. -- Ray Bradbury
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The odors of perfume were fanned out on the summer air by the whirling vents of the grottoes where the women hid like undersea creatures, under electric cones, their hair curled into wild whorls and peaks, their eyes shrewd and glassy, animal and sly, their mouths painted a neon red. -- Ray Bradbury
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You want to cry some more, go on ahead. I did the same last night." "You, sir?" "God's truth. Thinking of everything ahead. Both sides figuring the other side will just give up, and soon, and the war done in weeks, and us all home. Well, that's not how it's going to be. And maybe that's why I cried. -- Ray Bradbury
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The men were making too much noise, laughing, joking, to cover her terrible accusing silence below. She made the empty rooms roar with accusation and shake down a fine dust go guilt that was sucked in their nostrils as they plunged about. -- Ray Bradbury
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There's a lot of crap out there. Most of the science fiction films alone are abominations, you know. They're mindless. So you can't learn from those kinds of films. -- Ray Bradbury
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(If this goes on, all communication everywhere will be through text messages or computers, and direct speech between two people, without a machine, will be outlawed.) -- Ray Bradbury
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To everything there is a season. Yes. A time to break down, and a time to build up. Yes. A time to keep silence and a time to speak. Yes. -- Ray Bradbury
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I'm a California boy. I don't tell anyone how to write and no one tells me.
(Paris Review Interview) -- Ray Bradbury
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I don't go around thinking I'm Ray Bradbury all the time. -- Ray Bradbury
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You fail only if you stop writing. -- Ray Bradbury
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The fire crackled up the stairs. It fed upon Picassos and Matisses in the upper halls, like delicacies, baking off the oily flesh, tenderly crisping the canvases into black shavings. -- Ray Bradbury
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I'd like to know what a place is like when I'm not there. I'd like to be sure. -- Ray Bradbury
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Oh, the luxury of lying in the fern night and the grass night and the night of the susurrant, slumbrous voices weaving the night together. -- Ray Bradbury
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When I graduated from high school I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library 3 days a week for 10 years. -- Ray Bradbury
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Ah, love, let us be true To one another! for the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; -- Ray Bradbury
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To solve the drug problem, we have to start at the root - first grade. If a boy has all the toys in his head that reading can give him, and you hook him into science fiction, then you've got the future secured. -- Ray Bradbury
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Science fiction is really sociological studies of the future, things that the writer believes are going to happen by putting two and two together. -- 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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We theorize about what goes on in the brain, but it is mostly undiscovered country. A writer's work is to coax the stuff out and see how it plays. Surprise, as I have often said, is everything. -- Ray Bradbury
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Your mind's always juggling, isn't it?-mirrors, torches, plates. -- Ray Bradbury
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First and foremost, [Writing] reminds us that we are alive and that it is gift and a privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for rewards back because it has favored us with animation. -- Ray Bradbury
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But souls can't be sold. They can only be lost and never found again. -- Ray Bradbury
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Science Fiction has always been and will always be a fable teacher of morality. -- Ray Bradbury
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I think the reason my stories have been so successful is that I have a strong sense of metaphor. -- Ray Bradbury
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Walking, eh?' said the officer. 'Just walking?' I nodded and waited for the obvious truth to sink in. 'Well,' said the officer, 'don't do it again!' And the police car drove away. -- Ray Bradbury
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The dust was antique spice, burnt maple leaves, a prickling blue that teemed and sifted to earth. Swarming its own shadows, the dust filtered over the tents. -- Ray Bradbury
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It's bad to get up early, stand at your typewriter and work, then find it's nothing and take a bottle to bed. -- Ray Bradbury
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How long has it been since you wrote a story where your real love or your real hatred somehow got onto the paper? When was the last time you dared release a cherished prejudice so it slammed the page like a lightning bolt? -- Ray Bradbury
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A young reader finding this book today, or the day after tomorrow, is going to have to imagine first a past, and then a future that belongs to that past. -- Ray Bradbury
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Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down. Over -- Ray Bradbury
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The people there were gods and midgets and knew themselves mortal and so the midgets walked tall so as not to embarrass the gods and the gods crouched so as to make the small ones feel at home. -- Ray Bradbury
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But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can't last. -- Ray Bradbury
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everything tried to get its living done in the brief hour of respite. It -- Ray Bradbury
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Oh, death in space was most humorous. -- Ray Bradbury
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We'll just start walking today and see the world and the way the world walks around and talks, the way it really looks...And while none of it will be me when it goes in, after a while it'll all gather together inside and it'll be me. -- Ray Bradbury
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There must be something in books, something we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing. -- Ray Bradbury
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Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers. -- Ray Bradbury
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Ignorance is fatal. -- Ray Bradbury
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That's friendship, each playing the potter to see what shapes we can make of the other -- 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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went to the Rock to hide my face And the Rock cried out, "No Hiding Place, There's no Hiding Place down here. -- Ray Bradbury
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When you go home tonight, make a list of the people who are impediments, who don't believe in you, and call them up and tell them, 'Get the hell out of my life.' You don't need them. Writing is tough enough without having people around you who contribute to a writer's insecurity. -- Ray Bradbury
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Happiness is important. Fun is everything. And yet I kept sitting there saying to myself, I'm not happy, I'm not happy. -- 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 don't believe in government. I hate politics. I'm against it. And I hope that sometime this fall, we can destroy part of our government, and next year destroy even more of it. The less government, the happier I will be. -- Ray Bradbury
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This is the result of six billion years of evolution. Tonight, we have given the lie to gravity.We have reached for the stars. -- Ray Bradbury
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Somewhere on the Earth tonight, my Tylla, there is a Man with a Lever, which, when he pulls it, Will Save The World. The man is now unemployed. His switch gathers dust. He himself plays pinochle. -- Ray Bradbury
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My business is to prevent the future. -- Ray Bradbury
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Do what you love, don't do anything else. -- 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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The women in my life have all been librarians, English teachers, or booksellers. If they couldn't speak pidgin Tolstoy, articulate Henry James, or give me directions to Usher and Ox, it was no go. I have always longed for education, and pillow talk's the best. -- Ray Bradbury
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Live in the library, for Christ's sake! Don't live on your goddamn computers and the internet and all that crap. Go to the library! -- Ray Bradbury
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If this goes on . . ." fiction takes an element of life today, something clear and obvious and normally something troubling, and asks what would happen if that thing, that one thing, became bigger, became all-pervasive, changed the way we thought and behaved. -- Ray Bradbury
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I'm numb and I'm tired. Too much has happened today. I feel as if I'd been out in a pounding rain for forty-eight hours without an umbrella or a coat. I'm soaked to the skin with emotion. -- Ray Bradbury
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I've tasted every victual and danced every dance; now there's one last tart I haven't bit on, one time I haven't whistled. but I'm not afraid. I'm truly curious. Death won't get a crumb by my mouth I won't keep and savor. So don't you worry over me. Now, all of you go, and let me find my sleep ... -- 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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This is a book of warning. It is a reminder that what we have is valuable, and that sometimes we take what we value for granted. There -- Ray Bradbury
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Reality and Fiction are different in that fiction has to make sense. -- Ray Bradbury
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The Greek philosophies teach us that we are a combination of dark and light, good and evil, and murderer and savior, hmm? And until we know this completely about ourselves we cannot love well, and we cannot forgive ourselves. -- Ray Bradbury
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In the dim, wavering light, a page hung open and it was like a snowy feather, the words delicately painted thereon. In all the rush and fervor, Montag had only an instant to read a line, but it blazed in his mind for the next minute as if stamped there with fiery steel. -- Ray Bradbury
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Raw, gentle, and easy, it mizzled out of the high air, a special elixir, tasting of spells and stars and air, carrying a peppery dust in it, and moving like a rare light sherry on his tongue. Rain. -- Ray Bradbury
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If teachers and grammar school editors find my jawbreaker sentences shatter their mushmilk teeth, let them eat stale cake dunked in weak tea of their own ungodly manufacture. -- 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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Ignorance is fatal, M. Garrett -- 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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There are billions of us and that's too many. Nobody knows anyone. Strangers come and violate you. Strangers come and cut your heart out. Strangers come and take your blood. -- Ray Bradbury
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Too much of anything isn't good for anyone. -- Ray Bradbury
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There is no cause for nostalgia save the good and life-enhancing nostalgia for the present. -- Ray Bradbury
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Write. Don't think. Relax. -- Ray Bradbury
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If God treats you well by teaching you a disastrous lesson, you never forget it. -- Ray Bradbury
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Thus through half-belief, we are often doomed to repeat that very past we should have learned from. -- Ray Bradbury
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Chain-smoking, chapter by chapter, all the silly things the words mean, all the false promises, all the second-hand notions and time-worn philosophies. -- Ray Bradbury
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Her eyes reversed into herself, to watch the secret heart of herself pounding itself into pieces against the side of her chest. -- Ray Bradbury
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Everyone has a telephone. Whether they can afford it or not. It's one of those things that people have, regardless of their income. -- 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. People should educate themselves
you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories. -- Ray Bradbury
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[He] was always here to offer cups of good clear Walden Pond, or shout down the deep well of Shakespeare and listen, with satisfaction, for echoes. Here the lion and the hartebeest lay together, here the jackass became a unicorn. -- Ray Bradbury
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Write a thousand words a day and in three years you'll be a writer! -- Ray Bradbury
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Books were only a receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we would forget. -- Ray Bradbury
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There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. -- Ray Bradbury
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Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage. -- Ray Bradbury
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And there were two moons; the clock moon with four faces in four night directions above the solemn black courthouse, and the real moon rising in vanilla whiteness from the dark east. -- Ray Bradbury
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Joy is the grace we say to God. -- Ray Bradbury
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All you umpires, back to the bleachers. Referees, hit the showers. It's my game. I pitch, I hit, I catch. I run the bases. At sunset, I've won or lost. At sunrise, I'm out again, giving it the old try. -- Ray Bradbury
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She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but why ... Luckily, queer ones like her don't happen often. -- Ray Bradbury
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You don't stay for nothing. -- Ray Bradbury
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In your reading, find books to improve your color sense, your sense of shape and size in the world. -- Ray Bradbury
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Get the big truth first. If you get the big truth, the small truths will accumulate around it. -- Ray Bradbury
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men do love sin, Will, oh how they love it, never doubt, in all shapes, sizes, colors, and smells. -- Ray Bradbury
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There were so many things a tree could do: add color, provide shade, drop fruit, or become a children's playground, a whole sky universe to climb and hang from; an architecture of food and pleasure, that was a tree. -- Ray Bradbury
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I'm really alive! he thought. I never knew it before, or if I did I don't remember! -- Ray Bradbury
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Will any of those men under you ever really understand all this? They're professional cynics, and it's too late for them. Why do you want to go back with them? So you can keep up with the Joneses? To buy a gyro just like the Smith has? To listen to music with your pocketbook instead of your glands? -- Ray Bradbury
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I want your loves to be multiple. I don't want you to be a snob about anything. Anything you love, you do it. -- Ray Bradbury
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Work. Don't Think. Relax. -- Ray Bradbury
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The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies. -- Ray Bradbury
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Most of us can't rush around, talk to everyone, know all the cities of the world, we haven't time, money or that many friends. The things you're looking for ... are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book. -- Ray Bradbury
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I want to feel all there is to feel, he thought. Let me feel tired, now, let me feel tired. I mustn't forget, I'm alive, I know I'm alive, I mustn't forget it tonight or tomorrow or the day after that. -- Ray Bradbury
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In order to be creative, you don't have to be original. -- Ray Bradbury
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Painting fulfills a need to be non-intellectual. There are times when we have to get our brains out in our fingers. -- Ray Bradbury
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First you jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down. -- Ray Bradbury
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There were fireworks the very first night, things that you should be afraid of perhaps, for they might remind you of other more horrible things, but these were beautiful, rockets that ascended into the ancient soft air of Mexico and shook the stars apart in blue and white fragments. -- Ray Bradbury
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No use going to class unless you go to the library. -- Ray Bradbury
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There are three phrases that make possible the world of writing about the world of not-yet (you can call it science fiction or speculative fiction; you can call it anything you wish) and they are simple phrases: What if . . . ? If only . . . If this goes on -- Ray Bradbury
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I don't write science fiction. I've only done one science fiction book and that's Fahrenheit 451, based on reality. Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal. -- Ray Bradbury
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The critics are generally wrong, or they're fifteen, twenty years late. It's a great shame. They miss out on a lot. -- Ray Bradbury
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and sleeping put an end to summer, 1928, -- Ray Bradbury
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Who said childhood was the best time of life? When in reality it was the most terrible, the most merciless era, the barbaric time when there were no police to protect you, only parents preoccupied with themselves and their taller world. -- Ray Bradbury
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First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. -- Ray Bradbury
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If someone sends you a love letter you've got to answer back. -- Ray Bradbury
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I wonder how many men, hiding their youngness, rise as I do, Saturday mornings, filled with the hope that Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam and Daffy Duck will be there waiting as our one true always and forever salvation? -- 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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When I was born in 1920, the auto was only 20 years old. Radio didn't exist. TV didn't exist. I was born at just the right time to write about all of these things. -- Ray Bradbury
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That's the good part of dying; when you've nothing to lose, you run any risk you want. -- 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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And then he was a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling gibbering manikin, no longer human or known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid fire on him. -- Ray Bradbury
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So, yeah, insane people give me hope. Courage to go on being sane and alive, always with the cure at hand, should I ever tire and need it: madness. -- Ray Bradbury
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The train skimmed on softly, slithering, black pennants fluttering, black confetti lost on its own sick-sweet candy wind, down the hill, with the two boys pursuing, the air was so cold they ate ice cream with each breath. -- Ray Bradbury
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He knew what the wind was doing to them, where it was taking them, to all the secret places that were never so secret again in life. -- Ray Bradbury
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Sunsets we always liked because they only happen once and go away."
"But, Lena, that's sad."
"No, if the sunset stayed and we got bored, that would be a real sadness. -- 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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It was summer and moonlight and we had lemonade to drink, and we held the cold glasses in our hands, and Dad read the stereo-newspapers inserted into the special hat you put on your head and which turned the microscopic page in front of the magnifying lens if you blinked three times in succession. -- 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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Kerosene," he said, because the silence had lengthened, "is nothing but perfume to me. -- Ray Bradbury
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It's just ... It's just, if I didn't see these windows until today, what else did I miss? -- Ray Bradbury
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I like to watch people. Sometimes I ride the subway all day and look at them and listen to them. I just want to figure out who they are and what they want and where they're going. -- Ray Bradbury
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I'm inclined to believe you need the psychiatrist. -- Ray Bradbury
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I don't talk things, sir. I talk the meaning of things. -- 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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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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Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much? -- Ray Bradbury
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Remember, with writing, what you're looking for is just one person to come up and tell you, 'I love you for what you do.' -- Ray Bradbury
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I feel I'm doing what I should've done a lifetime ago.
For a little while I'm not afraid.
Maybe it's because I'm doing the right thing at last.
Maybe it's because I've done a rash thing and don't want to look the coward to you. -- Ray Bradbury
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With school 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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It followed then that when Hitler burned a book I felt it as keenly, please forgive me, as his killing a human, for in the long sum of history they are one and the same flesh. -- Ray Bradbury
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There is only one type of story in the world-your story. -- Ray Bradbury
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It wasn't going places. It was being between ... Mostly it was space. So much space. I liked the idea of nothing on top, nothing on the bottom, and a lot of nothing in between, and me in the middle of the nothing. -- Ray Bradbury
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Not about mean old nasty Mars, I tell you, mister! It's your type that is going to boil for years, and suffer and break out in black pimples and be tortured - "
"I must admit Earth isn't very nice. You've described it beautifully. -- Ray Bradbury
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Creativity is a continual surprise. -- Ray Bradbury
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Once you kill all of us, and you're alone, you'll die! The hate will die. That hate is what moves you, nothing else! That envy moves you. Nothing else! You'll die, inevitably. You're not immortal. You're not even alive, you're nothing but moving hate. -- Ray Bradbury
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I love all of the arts. I love motion pictures. I love stage. I love theater. -- Ray Bradbury
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Sometimes you have intuitive insight about how you think things are going to be, and you write that. Other times you fantasize completely, which has nothing to do with predicting the future. -- Ray Bradbury
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They were all alone. Their voices had died like echoes of the words of God spoken and vibrating in the shared deep. -- Ray Bradbury
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Digression is the soul of wit. Take the philosophic asides away from Dante, Milton or Hamlet's father's ghost and what stays is dry bones. -- Ray Bradbury
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We are all ... children of this universe. Not just Earth, or Mars, or this system, but the whole grand fireworks. And if we are interested in Mars at all, it is only because we wonder over our past and worry terribly about our possible future. -- Ray Bradbury
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The girl stopped and looked as if she might pull back in surprise, but instead stood regarding Montag with eyes so dark and shining and alive, that he felt he had said something quite wonderful. But he knew his his mouth had only moved to say hello, -- Ray Bradbury
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You don't have to burn books, do you, if the world starts to fill up with nonreaders, nonlearners, non-knowers? -- Ray Bradbury
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The jungle looked back at them with a vastness, a breathing moss-and-leaf silence, with a billion diamond and emerald insect eyes. -- 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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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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Man has always been half-monster, half-dreamer. -- Ray Bradbury
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Look for the little loves. Find and shape the little bitternesses. -- Ray Bradbury
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Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. -- Ray Bradbury
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Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you're doomed. -- Ray Bradbury
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Sure, it's money runs the world," Doone agreed, seated there. "But it is music that holds down the friction. -- 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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Think I'll go eat me a doughnut and take me a nap. -- Ray Bradbury
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You must remember, burn them or they'll burn you. -- Ray Bradbury
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Love what you do and do what you love. -- Ray Bradbury
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How do you get so empty? Who takes it out of you? -- Ray Bradbury
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Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I'm one of them. -- Ray Bradbury
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Amoebas cannot sin because they reproduce by fission. They do not covet wives or murder each other. -- Ray Bradbury
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People come to films drowned in reality, leaving behind heart failures, cancer, failed marriages, bad jobs, mean bosses, and future sickness. What they need is not happy endings, but proper endings. -- Ray Bradbury
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So in sum, what are we? We are the creatures that know and know too much. That leaves us with such a burden again we have a choice, to laugh or cry. No other animal does either. We do, depending on the season and the need. -- Ray Bradbury
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Every story I've written was written because I had to write it. Writing stories is like breathing for me; it is my life. -- Ray Bradbury
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. . .don't face a problem, burn it. -- Ray Bradbury
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e-books "smell like burned fuel -- 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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There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house. -- Ray Bradbury
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Grandma, he had often wanted to say, Is this where the world began? For surely it had begun in no other than a place like this. The kitchen, without doubt, was the center of creation, all things revolved about it; it was the pediment that sustained the temple. -- Ray Bradbury
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First grade is very cheap. It's the later grades where you have to spend a lot of money if you don't do it right. -- 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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I was one of Them: the Strange Ones. The Funny People. The Odd Tribes of autograph collectors and photographers. The Ones who waited through long days and nights, who used other people's dreams for their lives. -- Ray Bradbury
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The great thing about growing up with science fiction is that you have an interest in everything. -- Ray Bradbury
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All the things which had uses. All the mountains which had names. We'll give them new names, but the old names are there, somewhere in time ... -Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles -- 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 Blake said that, said Father Brian, he never lived in Dublin. -- Ray Bradbury