Ray Bradbury Quotes

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Libraries raised me.

libraries

Life is trying things to see if they work.
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We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.
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Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.
— Ray Bradbury

television

Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.

writing advice

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

books libraries

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

Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.
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You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
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reading books

That's the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.

creativity

There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.

censorship

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

why I write

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.

old age

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
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.  The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

writing

Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.

writing destination

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.
— Ray Bradbury

ideas

The best description of my career as a writer is, "At play in the fields of the Lord."  It's been wonderful fun, and I'll be damned where any of it came from.

writing

If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful.

writing advice

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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I'm interested in having fun with ideas, throwing them up in the air like confetti and then running under them. If I had to work at it I would give it up. I don't like working.
— Ray Bradbury

ideas

Science fiction is the fiction of ideas.  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.
— Ray Bradbury

science fiction

I know you're 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.
— Ray Bradbury
I have what I call "the theater of morning" inside my head.  And all these voices talk and when they come up with a good metaphor, then I jump out of bed and run and trap them before they're gone.

why I write

My stories have led me through my life.  They shout, I follow.  They 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.

writing

My stories have led me through my life.  They shout, I follow.  They run up and bite me on the leg—I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bit.  When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.

stories

Then I went in and shot 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.

television