Ray Bradbury, fully Ray Douglas Bradbury

Ray
Bradbury, fully Ray Douglas Bradbury
1920
2012

American Fantasty, Horror, Science Fiction and Mystery Writer

Author Quotes

Life is trying things to see if they work.

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

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

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You

Leave off losings, and take on winnings, Erase all mortal ends, give birth to only new beginnings, In a billion years of morning and a billion years of sleep.

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

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.

I've done a prideful thing, a thing more sinful than she ever done to me. I took the bottom out of her life.

Joy is the grace we say to God.

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

Is it because we're having so much fun at home we've forgotten the world? Is it because we're so rich and the rest of the world's so poor and we just don't care if they are? I've heard rumors; the world is starving, but we're well fed. Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much?

It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.

In touch! There's a slimy phrase. Touch, hell. Gripped! Pawed, rather. Mauled and massaged and pounded by FM voices.

Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.

I'll hold on to the world tight someday. I've got one finger on it now; that's a beginning.

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

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.

If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like old faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape.

If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. 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. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories

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

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

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

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.

If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you.

If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: It's gonna go wrong. Or She's going to hurt me. Or,I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . . Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Author Picture
First Name
Ray
Last Name
Bradbury, fully Ray Douglas Bradbury
Birth Date
1920
Death Date
2012
Bio

American Fantasty, Horror, Science Fiction and Mystery Writer