Best Quotes from Ray Bradbury

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.

Ray Bradbury

I hate all politics. I don’t like either political party. One should not belong to them – one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking.

Ray Bradbury

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Ray Bradbury

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

Ray Bradbury

A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. An old book smells like ancient Egypt.

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Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.

Ray Bradbury

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

Ray Bradbury

Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. Real brains don’t do that.

Ray Bradbury

In my later years, I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. 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.

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I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library.

Ray Bradbury

I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library.

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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

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.

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Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.

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After Hiroshima was bombed, I saw a photograph of the side of a house with the shadows of the people who had lived there burned into the wall from the intensity of the bomb. The people were gone, but their shadows remained.

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If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

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Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I’m borrowing energy from the ideas themselves.

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Everything is generated through your own will power.

Ray Bradbury

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.

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Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.

Ray Bradbury

Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

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Once the automobile appeared you could have predicted that it would destroy as many people as it did.

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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.

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Journalism keeps you planted in the earth.

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When I was seven or eight years old, I began to read the science-fiction magazines that were brought by guests into my grandparents’ boarding house in Waukegan, Illinois. Those were the years when Hugo Gernsback was publishing ‘Amazing Stories,’ with vivid, appallingly imaginative cover paintings that fed my hungry imagination.

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I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.

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If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it.

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Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don’t have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere.

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We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.

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We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.

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I don’t do research. I never have.

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If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.

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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.

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Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together.

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I have my favorite cat, who is my paperweight, on my desk while I am writing.

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The important thing is to be in love with something.

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I don’t go around thinking I’m Ray Bradbury all the time.

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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.

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It’s not going to do any good to land on Mars if we’re stupid.

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We have too many cellphones. We’ve got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.

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Why go to a machine when you could go to a human being?

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My religion encompasses all religions. I believe in God, I believe in the universe. I believe you are god, I believe I am god; I believe the earth is god and the universe is god. We’re all god.

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Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.

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Books are alive, you see. They’re not dead, they’re alive.

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You fail only if you stop writing.

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Burroughs is crap. Crap.

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I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.

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Touch a scientist and you touch a child.

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My business is to prevent the future.

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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.

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I don’t have a computer. A computer’s a typewriter. I already have a typewriter.

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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.

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Everything is my demon muse. I have a muse which whispers in my ear and says, ‘Do this, do that,’ but it’s my demon who provokes me.

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