Ray Bradbury Quotes

Ray Douglas Bradbury emerged as a distinguished American writer and scriptwriter. Recognized as one of the preeminent literary figures of the 20th century, he delved into a multitude of genres, encompassing realms such as fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and authentic portrayals of life. Wikipedia

“I believe in creative failing – to contine to write poems that fail and fail and fail until a day comes when you’ve got a thousand poems behind you and you’re relaxed and you finally write a good poem.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“I think the sun is a flower, That blooms for just one hour.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“A book is a loaded gun.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“Those who don’t build must burn. It’s as old as history and juvenile delinquents.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“The only science fiction I have written is Fahrenheit 451. It’s the art of the possible. Science fiction is the art of the possible. It could happen. It has happened.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“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

“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

“Treasure this day and Treasure yourself, truly, neither will ever happen again.” ~ 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.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“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

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“I don’t talk things, sir. I talk the meaning of things.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“So few want to be rebels anymore. And out of those few, most, like myself, scare easily.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“If you write a hundred short stories and they’re all bad, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. You fail only if you stop writing.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“There’s no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.” ~ 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

“You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“If God treats you well by teaching you a disastrous lesson, you never forget it.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“That’s the good part of dying; when you’ve nothing to lose, you run any risk you want.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream.” ~ 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

“Everything is generated through your own will power. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. This is a democracy. You go where you want to go and do what you want to do.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“I don’t believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously.” ~ 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.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“I don’t know anything anymore.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“I define science fiction as the art of the possible. Fantasy is the art of the impossible.” ~ 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.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Kill two birds with one stone, feed the homeless to the hungry.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“You fail only if you stop writing.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die, or act crazy or both-you must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Do what you love and love what you do. Don’t do anything for money. Everything should be for love.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“Sometimes I think I understand everything. Then I regain consciousness.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“You can make yourself happy or miserable – it’s the same amount of effort.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Forget them. Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Write. Don’t think. Relax.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“The Internet is a big distraction. It’s distracting, it’s meaningless; it’s not real. It’s in the air somewhere.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves, and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“I’m not a serious person, and I don’t like serious people.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Libraries are the center of our lives. There’s no use going to a university if you don’t live at the library.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“It was a pleasure to burn.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“Science-fiction balances you on the cliff. Fantasy shoves you off.” ~ 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

“Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Digression is the soul of wit.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Don’t think about things, just do them; don’t predict them, just make them.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that’s life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“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

“If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Do what you love, don’t do anything else.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“Life is about trying things to see if they work.” ~ 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 don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“All education is self-discovery.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“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

“Love is the answer to everything. It’s the only reason to do anything.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Don’t talk about it; write.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Beware the autumn people.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“In your reading, find books to improve your color sense, your sense of shape and size in the world.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“An athlete may run ten thousand miles in order to prepare for one hundred yards. Quantity gives experience.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“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

“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“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.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“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

“Time is so strange and life is twice as strange.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“Action is hope. There is no hope without action.” ~ Ray Bradbury

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