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American author (1920-2012)

Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do.

RAY BRADBURY,, Aug. 29, 2001

There was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves.

RAY BRADBURY, The Martian Chronicles

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, Fahrenheit 451

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

RAY BRADBURY, Brown Daily Herald, Mar. 24, 1995

What traitors books can be! You think they're backing you up, and they turn on you. Others can use them, too, and there you are, lost in the middle of the moor, in a great welter of nouns and verbs and adjectives.

RAY BRADBURY, Fahrenheit 451

Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered.

RAY BRADBURY, Dandelion Wine

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance -- the idea that anything is possible.

RAY BRADBURY, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 9, 1976

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, The Paris Review, spring 2010

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

RAY BRADBURY, "G. B. S.--Mark V," I Sing the Body Electric and Other Stories

There are two races of people - men and women - no matter what women's libbers would have you pretend. The male is motivated by toys and science because men are born with no purpose in the universe except to procreate. There is lots of time to kill beyond that. They've got to find work. Men have no inherent center to themselves beyond procreating. Women, however, are born with a center. They can create the universe, mother it, teach it, nurture it. Men read science fiction to build the future. Women don't need to read it. They are the future.

RAY BRADBURY, Playboy, 1996

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

RAY BRADBURY, Zen in the Art of Writing

Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers.

RAY BRADBURY, When Elephants Last in the Dooryard Bloomed

Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.

RAY BRADBURY, The Paris Review, spring 2010

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

RAY BRADBURY, Zen in the Art of Writing

Believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas.

RAY BRADBURY, The October Country

Death doesn't exist. It never did, it never will. But we've drawn so many pictures of it, so many years, trying to pin it down, comprehend it, we've got to thinking of it as an entity, strangely alive and greedy. All it is, however, is a stopped watch, a loss, an end, a darkness. Nothing.

RAY BRADBURY, Something Wicked This Way Comes

If you want to write ... 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.

RAY BRADBURY, attributed, Words from the Wise

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

RAY BRADBURY, A Graveyard for Lunatics

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

RAY BRADBURY, Playboy, 1996

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, Fahrenheit 451

My stories run up and bite me in 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, introduction, The Stories of Ray Bradbury

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


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, The Paris Review, spring 2010

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.

RAY BRADBURY, Dandelion Wine

I believe in Darwin and God together.

RAY BRADBURY, Playboy, 1996

There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.... Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme.


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, Zen in the Art of Writing

Life should be touched, not strangled.

RAY BRADBURY, Farewell Summer

Why would you clone people when you can go to bed with them and make a baby? C'mon, it's stupid.

RAY BRADBURY, Salon Magazine, Aug. 29, 2001

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, attributed, The Writer's Workout

Oh, what strange wonderful clocks women are. They nest in Time. They make the flesh that holds fast and binds eternity. They live inside the gift, know power, accept, and need not mention it. Why speak of time when you are Time, and shape the universal moments, as they pass, into warmth and action?

RAY BRADBURY, Something Wicked This Way Comes

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, Fahrenheit 451

While our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.

RAY BRADBURY, preface, Zen in the Art of Writing

Every time you take a step, even when you don't want to ... when it hurts, when it means you rub chins with death, or even if it means dying, that's good. Anything that moves ahead, wins. No chess game was ever won by the player who sat for a lifetime thinking over his next move.

RAY BRADBURY, Farewell Summer

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.

RAY BRADBURY, Fahrenheit 451

The first thing you learn in life is you're a fool. The last thing you learn in life is you're the same fool.

RAY BRADBURY, Dandelion Wine

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

RAY BRADBURY, The Martian Chronicles

In science fiction, we dream. In order to colonize in space, to rebuild our cities, which are so far out of whack, to tackle any number of problems, we must imagine the future, including the new technologies that are required.

RAY BRADBURY, Playboy, 1996

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

RAY BRADBURY, The Paris Review, spring 2010

There they go, off to Mars, just for the ride, thinking that they will find a planet like a seer's crystal, in which to read a miraculous future. What they'll find, instead, is the somewhat shopworn image of themselves. Mars is a mirror, not a crystal.

RAY BRADBURY, Rhodomagnetic Digest, May 1950

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, Zen in the Art of Writing


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