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516 Inspiring Quotes by Ray Bradbury

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Wikipedia Summary for Ray Bradbury

Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American author and screenwriter. One of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers, he worked in a variety of modes, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and realistic fiction.

Bradbury was mainly known for his novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and his short-story collections The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951). Most of his best known work is speculative fiction, but he also worked in other genres, such as the coming of age novel Dandelion Wine (1957) and the fictionalized memoir Green Shadows, White Whale (1992). He also wrote and consulted on screenplays and television scripts, including Moby Dick and It Came from Outer Space. Many of his works were adapted into television and film productions as well as comic books.

The New York Times called Bradbury "the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream."

brown and black jazz guitar with dim light

The bigger the population, the more minorities.

--Ray Bradbury

Longer Version:

The bigger the population, the more minorities. Don't step on the toes of the dog-lovers, the cat-lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico...The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that! All the minor minorities with their navels to be kept clean. Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. They did...There you have it Montag. 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. Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time, you are allowed to read comics, the good old confessions, or trade journals.


man in white and black button up shirt holding lighted candle

It's lack that gives us inspiration. It's not fullness.

--Ray Bradbury

white flowers in brown stem

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

silhouette photography of man illustration

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

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

--Ray Bradbury

red tulip in bloom during daytime

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

--Ray Bradbury

two persons holding each other hands

There's no one way to be creative. Any old way will work.

--Ray Bradbury


sunset

It was a simple thing. All terror is a simplicity.

--Ray Bradbury

white petaled flower

That's sad," said Montag, quietly, "because all we put into it is hunting and finding and killing. What a shame if that's all it can ever know.

--Ray Bradbury


clear hour glass beside pink flowers

Let me make it clear. People die every day, psychologically speaking. Some part of them gets tired.

--Ray Bradbury

two persons holding each other hands

I don't tell anyone how to write and no one tells me.

--Ray Bradbury

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

Good to evil seems evil.

--Ray Bradbury

white-and-pink flowers

Anything that's strange is no good to the average American. If it doesn't have Chicago plumbing, it's nonsense.

--Ray Bradbury

running white, brown, and black dog

If they give you lined paper, write the other way.

--Ray Bradbury

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

The moon is a good, solid base to build a space travel organization in the community.

--Ray Bradbury

brown mountain

We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will.

--Ray Bradbury

body of water under blue sky during daytime

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


group of people waving their hands

Everybody has forgotten that Russia helped start the Second World War.

--Ray Bradbury

purple textile with white line

We are the witnesses to the miracle. We are put here by creation, by God....We're here to be the audience to the magnificent. It is our job to celebrate.

--Ray Bradbury

brown and black butterfly on pink flower

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

aerial photo of foggy mountains

If God treats you well by teaching you a disastrous lesson, you never forget it.

--Ray Bradbury

white and pink roses on pink wall

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

pink umbrella

Passing swiftly on toward further darknesses, but moving also toward a new sun.

--Ray Bradbury


yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

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

person using laptop computer

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

woman standing between sunflower field during daytime

If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none.

--Ray Bradbury


brown grass field during daytime

The first stories I wrote when I was 12 were about Mars and landing on Mars.

--Ray Bradbury

woman lying on pool

The average TV commercial of sixty seconds has one hundred and twenty half-second clips in it, or one-third of a second. We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for thinking.

--Ray Bradbury


solid background

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

silhouette photography of man sitting on rock

Don't live on your goddamn computers, and the internet, and all that crap. Go to the library. Don't let them flim-flam you into owning all these devices.

--Ray Bradbury


round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

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

man in Burton shirt facing ocean

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

analog clock at 5:55

Bo Derek is a really good friend of mine, and I'd like to spend more time with her.

--Ray Bradbury




Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

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

green and white painted wall

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

None

I love you and I forgive you. I am like you and you are like me. I love all people. I love the world. I love creating. Everything in our life should be based on love.

--Ray Bradbury


brown trees on brown field during daytime

Life is like underwear, should be changed twice a day.

--Ray Bradbury

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

You don't organize metaphors ... you explode them.

--Ray Bradbury

light blue

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

backdrop

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


gray concrete floor

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

green leafed seedlings on black plastic pots

How do you get so empty? Who takes it out of you?

--Ray Bradbury

three people standing inside Big Ben building

We need our Arts to teach us how to breathe.

--Ray Bradbury

ice berg

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

boat on sea far away from island

At least you were a fool about the right things.

--Ray Bradbury

pink flower with green stem

Edgar Allen Poe really started me when I was 8. I fell in love with everything of his.

--Ray Bradbury



grayscale photography of person on beach

I sometimes get up at night when I can't sleep and walk down into my library and open one of my books and read a paragraph and say, 'My God, did I write that?

--Ray Bradbury

sunset highway

The gods had gone away, and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly, uselessly.

--Ray Bradbury

raindrops on clear window

Touch a scientist and you touch a child.

--Ray Bradbury


sunset highway

So few want to be rebels anymore. And out of those few, most, like myself, scare easily.

--Ray Bradbury

gray leaves

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

gray leaves

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.

--Ray Bradbury




woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Montag wanted to fly near the sun and now that he's burnt his damn wings, he wonders why.

--Ray Bradbury

person holding sunflower bouquet during daytime

Friendship is an island that you retreat to and you all fall on the floor and laugh at all the other ninnies that don't have enough brains to have your good taste.

--Ray Bradbury

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

If you read fast and read all, maybe some of the sand will stay in the sieve.

--Ray Bradbury

coffee mug on top of tablecloth beside ashtray

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

pink petaled flower

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



person holding yellow round analog clock

Ignorance is fatal.

--Ray Bradbury

pink and white abstract painting

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

silhouette of hugging couple

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

--Ray Bradbury



man wearing knit cap on grey background

You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon.

--Ray Bradbury


four person standing beside wall

I never ask anyone else's opinion. They don't count.

--Ray Bradbury

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

You must remember, burn them or they'll burn you.

--Ray Bradbury

brown wooden board

Far away, in the meadow, shadows flickered in the Mirror's Maze, as if parts of someone's life, yet unborn, were trapped there, waiting to be lived.

--Ray Bradbury

person walking on snowfield

Suddenly the day was gone, night came out from under each tree and spread.

--Ray Bradbury

brown wallpaper

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.

--Ray Bradbury


blue rose with water droplet

How talented was death. How many expressions and manipulations of hand, face, body, no two alike.

--Ray Bradbury

yellow and blue painted wall

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

--Ray Bradbury

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

Poverty made a sound like a wet cough in the shadows of the room.

--Ray Bradbury

pink umbrella

We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy,Something's missing!

--Ray Bradbury

pink and white light illustration

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

red textile in close up photography

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

woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

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

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn 'em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That's our official slogan.

--Ray Bradbury


red tulip in bloom close up photo

I ask you, doctor, what is there in the world more selfish than a baby? Nothing!

--Ray Bradbury






blue and white painted wall

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

brown wooden board

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

fine trees waving

I mean, you don't just love people, you must love them with exclamation points.

--Ray Bradbury

purple flower on purple textile

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


water on seashore

The answer I found is you stay away from the people who make fun of you, and you join these ad hoc groups who understand your craziness.

--Ray Bradbury

selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch

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

--Ray Bradbury

rocks near shore during nighttime

The sun burnt every day. It burnt time.

--Ray Bradbury

two person standing while watching sky

Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures.

--Ray Bradbury

Arizona landscape

Ne govorim o stvarima, gospodine. Govorim o značenju stvari."
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451.

--Ray Bradbury

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

Do you ever read any of the books you burn?" He laughed. "That's against the law!" "Oh. Of course.

--Ray Bradbury


macro shot photography of two votive candles

I never went to college, so I went to the library.

--Ray Bradbury

The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa

Beer's intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it.

--Ray Bradbury

worm's eye view of trees during night time

We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.

--Ray Bradbury

red rose

Life is trying things to see if they work.

--Ray Bradbury

bare trees under blue sky

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

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.

--Ray Bradbury

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.

--Ray Bradbury

closed door

You can't help people like her unless they want to be helped. That's the first law of mental health. You know it, I know it.

--Ray Bradbury

black and white butterfly on green leaf

The blizzard doesn't last forever; it just seems so.

--Ray Bradbury

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

The local TV news is the greatest danger in your life. It's all crap.

--Ray Bradbury


silhouette of man looking towards left

First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.

--Ray Bradbury

person behind fog glass

A science fiction story is just an attempt to solve a problem that exists in the world, sometimes a moral problem, sometimes a physical or social or theological problem.

--Ray Bradbury


birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

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

grayscale photography of raindrops

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

green artificial palm tree on seashore

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

person holding gray and beige roman numeral alarm clock

Life is about trying things to see if they work.

--Ray Bradbury


sunset over hill

Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers.

--Ray Bradbury

purple petaled flower with vase selective focus photography

Facts are not interesting to me.

--Ray Bradbury

man sitting on wooden bench near black metal railings

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


green sports court illustration

I don't like being up high. It took me three days to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

--Ray Bradbury


black

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

person in black hoodie using laptop computer

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

green-leafed plant

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

--Ray Bradbury


people raises hands

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

--Ray Bradbury

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

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

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts.

--Ray Bradbury



top view photography of heart latte coffee

Most members of Congress are politicians. They're bores.

--Ray Bradbury

green-leafed trees during daytime

Write what you love and love what you write.

--Ray Bradbury


full moon in the sky

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

person holding yellow sunflower bouquet

Writing can be described in two verbs: Throw up and clean up.

--Ray Bradbury

long-coated white and brown puppy

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

sunset

I am a passionate, not an intellectual writer, which means my characters must plunge ahead of me to live the story.

--Ray Bradbury

yellow and white abstract painting

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

green trees

I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.

--Ray Bradbury

white desk lamp beside green plant

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

brown tree branch during daytime

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

brown rock formation

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

--Ray Bradbury


white bicycle parked beside wall

All my stories are like the Greek and Roman myths, and the Egyptian myths, and the Old and New Testament.

--Ray Bradbury

purple moth orchids in bloom close up photo

I'm never going to go to Mars, but I've helped inspire, thank goodness, the people who built the rockets and sent our photographic equipment off to Mars.

--Ray Bradbury

purple textile in close up photography

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.

--Ray Bradbury

full-moon above snow-capped mountain painting

It is a subliminal thing. It is the tick of a clock that has ticked so long one no longer notices. Something is in a room when a man lives in it. Something is not in the room when a man is dead in it.

--Ray Bradbury

silhouette of mountains during sunset

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


mountain hills under blue sky

Burroughs is crap. Crap.

--Ray Bradbury


rock mountain during starry night

Men are men, unfortunately, no matter what their shape, and inclined to sin.

--Ray Bradbury


mountains under white mist at daytime

But souls can't be sold. They can only be lost and never found again.

--Ray Bradbury


road between yellow leaf trees at daytime

I'm not a serious person, and I don't like serious people.

--Ray Bradbury

crescent moon above mountain

Oh God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it's up to you to know with which ear you'll listen.

--Ray Bradbury

pink and white light illustration

Remember, Montag, we're the happiness boys. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought.

--Ray Bradbury

white petaled flowers beside gray wall

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

woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents

Those who live in the best cliffs think they are better than us. That is always man's attitude when he has power.

--Ray Bradbury

closeup photo of sunflower

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

--Ray Bradbury


black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

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




person surfing on sea waves during daytime

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

scenery of aurora

Action is hope. There is no hope without action.

--Ray Bradbury

pot on window with flowers

Time was a film run backward. Suns fled and ten million moons fled after them.

--Ray Bradbury

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

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

--Ray Bradbury


elephants on green grass field during daytime

I was only kicking down the Christmas tree to get the star on top.

--Ray Bradbury

blue and white painted wall

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



silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Whenever a light blinked out, life threw another switch; rooms were illumined afresh.

--Ray Bradbury


sun

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

smiling woman

I am not a science fiction writer. I am a fantasy writer. But the label got put on me and stuck.

--Ray Bradbury


pink tulip in bloom close up photo

There is no failure unless one stops. Not to work is to cease, tighten up, become nervous and therefore destructive of the creative process.

--Ray Bradbury


blue wall during daytime

I write screenplays in the middle of the night.

--Ray Bradbury


blooming pink flower

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

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

He had seen her painted sign by the road: Skin Illustration! Illustration instead of tattoo! Artistic!

--Ray Bradbury


purple flower

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

brown sands

A good night sleep or a ten-minute bawl, or a pint of chocolate ice cream, or all three together, is good medicine.

--Ray Bradbury

white flower in grayscale photography

We all are rich and ignore the buried fact of accumulated wisdom.

--Ray Bradbury

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

You'd type like hell. I spent $9.80 and in nine days I had Fahrenheit 451.

--Ray Bradbury



blue white and red flag

I'm not a futurist.

--Ray Bradbury




five silhouette of birds flying on sky

Libraries raised me.

--Ray Bradbury

milky way wallpaper

You laugh when I haven't been funny and you answer right off. You never stop to think what
I've asked you.

--Ray Bradbury


Arizona landscape

The books leapt and danced like roasted birds, their wings ablaze with red and yellow feathers.

--Ray Bradbury

selective focus photography of black and white bird on stem

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


blue boat on sand near body of water during daytime

You grow ravenous. You run fevers. You know exhilarations. You can't sleep at night, because your beast-creature ideas want out and turn you in your bed. It is a grand way to live.

--Ray Bradbury

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

"You're insane!"
"I won't argue that point."

--Ray Bradbury

black and white window illustration

We've gotta reinvest in space travel. We should've never left the moon.

--Ray Bradbury




gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

I don't believe in colleges and universities.

--Ray Bradbury


green textile

Everything that happens before Death is what counts.

--Ray Bradbury

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

woman carrying baby while walking

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





white wall paint beside white wall

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 headed for shore.

--Ray Bradbury

silhouette of man in water

I don't decide. My secret self decides. I just go with my subconscious. If it wants to do a poem, I do a poem, and if it wants to do a play, I do a play. So I'm not in charge, I'm not in control.

--Ray Bradbury

white bicycle parked beside wall

An athlete may run ten thousand miles in order to prepare for one hundred yards. Quantity gives experience.

--Ray Bradbury

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

The library is the biggest cracker box factory in the world. The more you eat, the more you want.

--Ray Bradbury


brown mountain under starry sky

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

man with LED headlight looking upward

I think the sun is a flower, That blooms for just one hour.

--Ray Bradbury

white and blue building under clear sky

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

sunflower

Shakespeare wrote Moby-Dick, using Melville as a Ouija board.

--Ray Bradbury

woman in black shirt walking on sidewalk near brown concrete wall partition

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



yellow sunflower in close up photography

What should I do?" "Throw up in your typewriter every morning." "Yeah." "Clean up every noon.

--Ray Bradbury

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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


person holding hands

The terrible tyranny of the majority.

--Ray Bradbury

gray elephant

We've got to reinvest in space travel.  We should have never left the moon.

--Ray Bradbury


green trees under white clouds

I don't think about what I do. I do it. That's Buddhism. I jump off the cliff and build my wings on the way down.

--Ray Bradbury

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Let the war turn off the families. Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge.

--Ray Bradbury


man standing outdoors

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


man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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


two person standing while watching sky

If someone tells you to do something for money, tell them to go to hell.

--Ray Bradbury


three clear glass cups

Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore.

--Ray Bradbury




brown and black jazz guitar with dim light

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

--Ray Bradbury

purple flower field during daytime

Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine.

--Ray Bradbury

rocky mountain

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

white and blue sky during daytime

Before the bus had run another fifty yards on the highway, its destination would be meaningless, and its point of departure changed from metropolis to junkyard.

--Ray Bradbury




orange abstract painting

I'll be damned if death wears my sadness for glad rags.

--Ray Bradbury

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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.

--Ray Bradbury

purple flowers under sunny sky

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

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

I have something to fight for and live for; that makes me a better killer. I've got what amounts to a religion , now .

--Ray Bradbury

black Sony point-and-shoot camera on yellow surface

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


plain background

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

adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.

--Ray Bradbury

green leafed tree with sunlight at daytime

All of my writing is God-given.

--Ray Bradbury

purple textile in close up photography

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

white tulips with green leaves

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.

--Ray Bradbury

silhouette of person jumping in mid air

Far away in the cool dim empty rooms of the big old house, a silver bell tinkled and faded.

--Ray Bradbury

pink and yellow flower painting

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

--Ray Bradbury



landscape photography of mountain hit by sun rays

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

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Putting out the stars and extinguishing the sun.

--Ray Bradbury

blue sky with white clouds

"Christ, you could massacre half a Hindu village and still look like Peter Rabbit. What are you stuffed with?"
"Chocolate bars. And I keep six kinds of ice-cream in my icebox, when I can afford it."

--Ray Bradbury

person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

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


silhouette of praying man

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

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money.

--Ray Bradbury

clear drinking glass with beer on black table

You can't ever have my books.

--Ray Bradbury


Light blue to dark blue gradient

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


cluster of stars in the sky

It is good to renew one's wonder, said the philosopher. Space travel has again made children of us all.

--Ray Bradbury




silhouette of person's hands forming heart

'Fahrenheit 451' postulates a lot of things I didn't want to have happen.

--Ray Bradbury

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

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

brown wooden surface

The other six or seven drafts are going to be pure torture. So why not enjoy the first draft, in the hope that your joy will seek and find others in the world who, reading your story, will catch fire, too?

--Ray Bradbury



green trees on forest during daytime

Work is the only answer. I have three rules to live by. One, 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




yellow and black striped background

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


selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

How do you get so empty? he wondered. Who takes it out of you?

--Ray Bradbury

green water in close up photography

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

close up photo of tree

He balanced in space with the book in his sweating cold fingers.

--Ray Bradbury


blue and white water waves

Why the Egyptian, Arabic, Abyssinian, Choctaw? Well, what tongue does the wind talk? What nationality is a storm? What country do rains come from? What color is lightning? Where does thunder goe when it dies?

--Ray Bradbury

gray hummingbird

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely.

--Ray Bradbury


mountains under white clouds at daytime

The man was cold as an albino frog.

--Ray Bradbury




brown humming bird flying in mid air

The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.

--Ray Bradbury

green grass field with smoke

Why is it," he said, one time, at the subway entrance, "I feel I've known you so many years?"
"Because I like you," she said, "and I don't want anything from you.

--Ray Bradbury

white wall tiles

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

mountains under white mist at daytime

It takes writing a billion bad words before you get to the good ones.

--Ray Bradbury

person behind fog glass

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

green ceramic mug on wooden desk

You have to learn to take rejection not as an indication of personal failing but as a wrong address.

--Ray Bradbury

rock formation in body of water

Le cose che voi cercate, Montag, sono su questa terra, ma il solo modo per cui l'uomo medio potrà vederne il novantanove per cento sarà un libro.

--Ray Bradbury


brown rugby ball

They whispered to Caesar that he was mortal, then sold daggers at half-price in the grand March sale.

--Ray Bradbury


white beans on white background

Love is easy, and I love writing.

--Ray Bradbury

closeup photography of wall

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

lights

I don't control my writing -- it controls me.

--Ray Bradbury


white petaled flower bloom during daytime

My goal is to entertain myself and others.

--Ray Bradbury

silver round analog wall clock

La verità è che non abbiamo bisogno soltanto di tranquillità. Ogni tanto dobbiamo essere turbati, tanto per cambiare.

--Ray Bradbury

aerial photo of foggy mountains

All the women in my life have been librarians, English teachers and book sellers.

--Ray Bradbury

bird's eye view of desert

Go out and make your own speeches. People need you. Go on TV. It can be done. After you speak up a few times, people say, "Hey, we got a crazy man in the community," and they'll begin talking to you.

--Ray Bradbury

silhouette of trees during sunset

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


person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

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

--Ray Bradbury







blue and white light digital wallpaper

We're a free society; we've got television. We have radio. We have newspapers. We have the videocassette, which is coming into play. These are new freedoms.

--Ray Bradbury

person's hand holding round silver analog watch with black leather strap

Life should be touched, not strangled.

--Ray Bradbury

blue and black abstract painting

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

--Ray Bradbury

snow covered brown mountain

To hell with you. To hell with you and to hell with the Internet.

--Ray Bradbury



clear hour glass

If you're living in your time, you cannot help but to write about the things that are important.

--Ray Bradbury

sunset

But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own
time,.

--Ray Bradbury





silhouette of mountains during sunset

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





purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that's life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever.

--Ray Bradbury

closeup photo of white petaled flowers

At the top of your lungs, shout and listen to the echoes. You must live life at the top of your voice!

--Ray Bradbury

sunset

All isn't well with the world.

--Ray Bradbury

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

You don't have to turn on the TV set. You don't have to work on the Internet. It's up to you.

--Ray Bradbury

bonfire on focus photography

Fire the doubters out of your life.

--Ray Bradbury


person holding hourglass

If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn.

--Ray Bradbury

woman standing on cliff

A conglomerate heap of trash, that's what I am. But it burns with a high flame.

--Ray Bradbury

blue and white abstract painting

To fail is to give up. But you are in the midst of a moving process. Nothing fails then. All goes on. Work is done. If good, you learn from it. If bad, you learn even more.

--Ray Bradbury

man and woman kissing

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

--Ray Bradbury


black and gray Canon AE-1 camera on gray sand under brown dock near body of water at daytime

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

time lapse photography body of water

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

--Ray Bradbury

red flame

You have got to jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.

--Ray Bradbury


silhouette of mountain during golden hour

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

toddler hugging siberian husky

Most of my short stories are fantasy.

--Ray Bradbury

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

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


white cow eating green grass

He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details of the land. He was not empty. There was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough.

--Ray Bradbury

yellow flower

For everyone nowadays knows, absolutely certain, that nothing will ever happen to me. Others die, I go on.

--Ray Bradbury

selective focus of common poppy flower

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



person running

Without the library, you have no civilization.

--Ray Bradbury

blue and white painted wall

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

yellow green leaf

The gift of life is so precious that we should feel an obligation to pay back the universe for the gift of being alive.

--Ray Bradbury




pink flowers in tilt shift lens

I'm inclined to believe you need the psychiatrist.

--Ray Bradbury

yellow and purple flower with white background

Her eyes reversed into herself, to watch the secret heart of herself pounding itself into pieces against the side of her chest.

--Ray Bradbury


pink and white roses on white surface

There was a smell like a cut potato from all the land, raw and cold and white from having the moon on it most of the night.

--Ray Bradbury


grayscale photography of woman

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


shallow focus photography of bee on flower

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

green leaf

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

rainbow

Half of the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness.

--Ray Bradbury

pink and white tulips on white surface

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

--Ray Bradbury

sunset

We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing.

--Ray Bradbury



body of water during sunset

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


backdrop

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


person sleeping on gray gang chair

Then, of course, the telephone's such a convenient thing; it just sits there and demands you call someone who doesn't want to be called.

--Ray Bradbury

birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

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

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

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.

--Ray Bradbury

person holding sunflower bouquet during daytime

"Why is it," he said, one time, at the subway entrance, "I feel I've known you so many years?" "Because I like you," she said, "and I don't want anything from you."

--Ray Bradbury


selective focus photography of red tulip

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

painting of man walking down a road holding umbrella

And sleeping put an end to summer, 1928,.

--Ray Bradbury

plain background

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

solid background

There are a lot of wonderful women writers who would be good influences on writers. You've got to spread yourself out and educate yourself with all kinds of stories.

--Ray Bradbury


woman holding cake looking up

We are anthill men upon an anthill world.

--Ray Bradbury

blue white and red flag

We're all dreamers.

--Ray Bradbury

black and white giraffe on brown grass field

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

jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime

Who ever heard of a Martian not invading? Who!

--Ray Bradbury

aerial view of green lake surrounded by green trees during daytime

But 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

black and white bird on seashore

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

four orange, green, blue, and red paint rollers

I'm seventeen and I'm crazy.

--Ray Bradbury


person sleeping on gray gang chair

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

yellow flower in green grass field

Those who don't build must burn. It's as old as history and juvenile delinquents.

--Ray Bradbury

green forest during daytime

All silence is. All emptiness. And now: The dawn.

--Ray Bradbury

blooming yellow sunflower field

Forget them. Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.

--Ray Bradbury

green tree under blue sky during night time

When you're older you want to learn from other people.

--Ray Bradbury


photography of white sky at golden hour

The girl who had known the weather and never been burnt by fireflies, the girl who had known what dandelions meant rubbed off on your chin.
Then, she would be gone.

--Ray Bradbury

black wooden door near green plant

Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damm insane mistakes!

--Ray Bradbury

woman carrying baby while walking

My stories run up and bite me on the leg -- I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.

--Ray Bradbury

Light blue to dark blue gradient

Will we ever stop being afraid of nights and death?
When you reach the stars, boy, yes, and live there forever, all the fears will go, and Death himself will die.

--Ray Bradbury

pink and red flowers

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

clear hour glass

May you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.

--Ray Bradbury



gray concrete painted wall

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

landscape photography of mountain

You fail only if you stop writing.

--Ray Bradbury


yellow sunflower on white wall

Who has more pockets than a magician? A boy. Whose pockets contain *more* than a magicians? A boy's.

--Ray Bradbury


green trees beside lake during daytime

Work. Don't Think. Relax.

--Ray Bradbury

woman standing on forest

What's the point of having a library full of books you've already read?

--Ray Bradbury




person walking holding brown leather bag

Really knowing is good. Not knowing, or refusing to know, is bad, or amoral, at least. You can't act if you don't know. Acting without knowing takes you right off the cliff.

--Ray Bradbury

green trees under white sky during daytime

It's just...It's just, if I didn't see these windows until today, what else did I miss?

--Ray Bradbury


black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

No," said a voice, "the only thing wrong on a night like that is that there is a world and you must come back to it.

--Ray Bradbury

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Creativity is a continual surprise.

--Ray Bradbury

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

How working for the wrong motives poisons our creativity and warps our ideas of success and failure.

--Ray Bradbury

man and woman holding hands in silhouette photography

There's no reason to burn books if you don't read them.

--Ray Bradbury


shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

If you're reluctant to weep, you won't live a full and complete life.

--Ray Bradbury

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

Millions of students now, in all the schools of America, are reading science fiction and especially, thank God, 'The Martian Chronicles.'

--Ray Bradbury

brown and gray brick wall

I'm trying to teach people of all ages to, number one: how to criticize, how to offer creative analysis on top of that, how to try to build things in a new direction and how to compliment people when the thing gets done.

--Ray Bradbury

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

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

landscape photography of mountain

The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.

--Ray Bradbury

person in black and white mask

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


silhouette of a woman with pink and purple sky

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

closed door

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


people raises hands

I'm afraid of them and they don't like me because I'm afraid.

--Ray Bradbury

solid background

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

two dragonflies on green cornate leaf

I felt a bit bookish, cut off from life.

--Ray Bradbury



aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

I can write faster on a typewriter than you can on a computer. I do 120 words a minute, and you can't do that on a computer.

--Ray Bradbury

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

I have four daughters and eight grandchildren. My soul lives on in them. That's immortality. That's the only immortality I care about.

--Ray Bradbury


long-coated white and brown puppy

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

--Ray Bradbury

green trees on forest during daytime

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

purple flower field during daytime

But the tables were silent and the cards untouched.

--Ray Bradbury


black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.

--Ray Bradbury

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

Whoever he was or whatever he was and no matter how different and crazy he seemed, he was not crazy.

--Ray Bradbury

mixed paints in a plate

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

--Ray Bradbury


blue and white abstract painting

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

white flower

Happiness is important. Fun is everything.

--Ray Bradbury

landscape photography of waves and clouds

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

--Ray Bradbury


silhouette of man looking towards left

It shows too much. Women are meant to be inhaled, not impaled.

--Ray Bradbury

black textile on white background

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

blooming yellow sunflower field

When a man talks from his heart, in his moment of truth, he speaks poetry.

--Ray Bradbury



sealion surrounded by rocks during daytime

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

pink tulips in clear glass vase

You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be. Mistakes can be profited by.

--Ray Bradbury



shillouette photo of person standing at the peak

No," moaned Tom in despair. "School. School straight on ahead! Why, why do dime stores show things like that in windows before summer's even over! Ruin half the vacation!

--Ray Bradbury


person walking on snowfield

Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge.

--Ray Bradbury


green ceramic mug beside book

We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of on good rain and black loam.

--Ray Bradbury

person holding white mini bell alarmclock

Those who don't build must burn.

--Ray Bradbury

We wish you a perfect day!