Ray Bradbury Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

The Power of Ray Bradbury's Short Stories | LitReactor

People like to give Star Wars the credit of bringing science fiction to the mainstream but Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and plenty of other writers built the groundwork. To be honest reading these quotes plus a few articles/videos without major spoilers emphasises the previous sentence. On the to consume list, many of his classic stories have been adapted into other things. Is the 2018 or the 1966 film of Fahrenheit 451 shift in quality as I still not have read the book been around for a long time (Words not listed below).

  • “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ― Ray Bradbury
  • “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
  • “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.” ― 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, Dandelion Wine
  • “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
  • “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 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
  • “Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.” ― Ray Bradbury
  • “Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science, the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction. ” ― Ray Bradbury
  • “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. 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. To hell with that,” he said, “shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.” ― Ray Bradbury
  • “A stranger is shot in the street, you hardly move to help. But if, half an hour before, you spent just ten minutes with the fellow and knew a little about him and his family, you might just jump in front of his killer and try to stop it. 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.” ― Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • 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
  • “That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.” ― Ray Bradbury
  • “We’re all fools,” said Clemens, “all the time. It’s just we’re a different kind each day. We think, I’m not a fool today. I’ve learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly.” ― Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man
  • “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.” ― 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, Zen in the Art of Writing

I assume a lot of his stuff is in audiobook versions as well… Living to the times of George Orwell what of the best authors of all time, when will the next group of well-acclaimed writers be the new big thing? Maybe those modern ones are not reading the previous which inspires all we know in the current.

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