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Ray Bradbury’s Quotes That Will Change Your Life Forever!

you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture just get people to stop reading them a book is a loaded gun libraries raised me science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world because it's the history of ideas the history of our civilization birthing itself science fiction is central to everything we've ever done and people who make fun of science fiction writers don't know what they're talking about there's no use going to school unless your final destination is the library a book is a loaded gun in the house next door who knows who might be the target of the well-read man insanity is relative it depends on who has who locked in what cage a good night's sleep or a 10 minute ball or a pint of chocolate ice cream or all three together is good medicine i don't talk things sir i talk the meaning of things bees do have a smell you know and if they don't they should for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers it was a pleasure to burn you must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you 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 why is it he said one time at the subway entrance i feel i've known you so many years because i like you she said and i don't want anything from you we are cups constantly and quietly being filled the trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out stuff your eyes with wonder he said live as you drop dead in 10 seconds see the world it's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories you must write every single day of your life 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 may you be in love every day for the next twenty thousand days and out of that love remake a world 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 there is more than one way to burn a book and the world is full of people running about with lit matches 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 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 am one of them if you hide your ignorance no one will hit you and you'll never learn we cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed as in filling a vessel drop by drop there is a last drop which makes it run over so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over 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 you die knowing you were heading for sure 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 i'm 17 and i'm crazy my uncle says the two always go together when people ask your age he said always say 17 and insane the magic is only what books say how they stitch the patches of the universe together into one garment for us 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 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 we are an impossibility in an impossible universe 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 your intuition knows what to write so get out of the way anything you dream is fiction and anything you accomplish is science the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction first you jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down see the world it's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories ask for no guarantees ask for no security without libraries what have we we have no past and no future that's the good part of dying when you've nothing to lose you run any risk you want you have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance i'll hold on to the world tight someday i've got one finger on it now that's a beginning we earth men have a talent for ruining big beautiful things when they give you lined paper write the other way i have two rules in life to hell with it whatever it is and get your work done so few want to be rebels anymore and out of those few most like myself scare easily self-consciousness is the enemy of all art be it acting writing painting or living itself which is the greatest art of all 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 the minute you get religion you stop thinking believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain and art is an interpretation of that miracle our civilization is flinging itself to pieces stand back from the centrifuge that's the wonderful thing about man he never gets so discouraged or disgusted that he gives up doing it all over again because he knows very well it is important and worth the doing every morning i jump out of bed and step on a landmine the landmine is me after the explosion i spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together 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 half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness that's the great secret of creativity you treat ideas like cats you make them follow you too late i've found you can't wait to become perfect you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else 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 you

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