Quotation Explorer - 'Ray Bradbury'

Work. Don't Think. Relax. - Ray Bradbury
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
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
So few want to be rebels anymore. And out of those few, most, like myself, scare easily. - Ray Bradbury
There were differences between memories and dreams. He had only dreams of things he had wanted to do, while Lespere had memories of things done and accomplished. And this knowledge began to pull Hollis apart, with a slow, quivering precision. - Ray Bradbury
Be your own self. Love what YOU love. - Ray Bradbury
Writing keeps death at bay. Every book I write is a triumph over death. ... If we did not know we’d die, we’d wander around and sleep like cats. - Ray Bradbury
The August noon in us works to stave off the November chills. We survive by what little Fourth of July wits we’ve stashed away. But there are times when we’re all autumn people. - Ray Bradbury
I was not predicting the future, I was trying to prevent it. - Ray Bradbury
Y el amor está unido al humor, ¿no es cierto? Pues no se puede amar a alguien si no se está dispuesto a aguantarlo. Y no se puede aguantar constantemente a alguien sin reírse de el, ¿no es verdad?(El hombre ilustrado) - Ray Bradbury
First you jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down. - Ray Bradbury
Creativity is a continual surprise. - Ray Bradbury
We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing. - Ray Bradbury
Life should be touched, not strangled. - Ray Bradbury
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
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. - Ray Bradbury
I have spent my life going from mania to mania. Somehow it has all paid off. - Ray Bradbury
Jump and let's build our wings on the way down - Ray Bradbury
No man is as big as his own idea. - Ray Bradbury
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
Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. - Ray Bradbury
Create a character with an obsession, then follow. - Ray Bradbury
Science fiction is the art of the possible not the impossible. - Ray Bradbury
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. - 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. - Ray Bradbury
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
We are an impossibility in an impossible universe. - Ray Bradbury
The blizzard doesn't last forever; it just seems so. - 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. - Ray Bradbury
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
إذا أردت أن تدمر ثقافة .. لا تحرق الكتب، فقط اجعل الناس لا يقرأوها - Ray Bradbury
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
When Douglas walked, his mind ran, when he ran, his mind walked. - Ray Bradbury
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. - Ray Bradbury
It takes writing a billion bad words before you get to the good ones. - Ray Bradbury
Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down. - Ray Bradbury
You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. - Ray Bradbury
Libraries raised me. - Ray Bradbury
I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years. - Ray Bradbury
Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art, be it acting, writing, painting, or living itself, which is the greatest art of all. - Ray Bradbury
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
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
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
We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of on good rain and black loam. - Ray Bradbury
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
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
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
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
Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. - Ray Bradbury
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
How talented was death. How many expressions and manipulations of hand, face, body, no two alike. They stood like the naked pipes of a vast derelict calliope, their mouths cut into frantic vents. And now the great hand of mania descended upon one hundred-throated, unending scream. - Ray Bradbury
The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible. - Ray Bradbury
How do you get so empty? he wondered. Who takes it out of you? - Ray Bradbury
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. - Ray Bradbury
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
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
To hell with you. To hell with you and to hell with the Internet. - Ray Bradbury
Into the air, over the valleys, under the stars, above a river, a pond, a road, flew Cecy. Invisible as new spring winds, fresh as the breath of clover rising from twilight fields, she flew. - Ray Bradbury
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
Surprise is where creativity comes in. - Ray Bradbury
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
When a man talks from the heart, in his moment of truth, he speaks poetry. - Ray Bradbury
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