Ray Bradbury Quotes


Sandwich outdoors isn't a sandwich anymore. Tastes different than indoors notice? Got more spice. Tastes like mint and pinesap. Does wonders for the appetite.

Once the automobile appeared you could have predicted that it would destroy as many people as it did.

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.

We travel for romance we travel for architecture and we travel to be lost.

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.

A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. An old book smells like ancient Egypt.

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

I don't believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously.

I don't tell anyone how to write and no one tells me.

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

I never ask anyone else's opinion. They don't count.

Do what you love don't do anything else.

Do what you love and love what you do. Don't do anything for money. Everything should be for love.

I don't know anything anymore

If someone sends you a love letter you've got to answer back.

Love is the answer to everything. It's the only reason to do anything.

The answer to all writing to any career for that matter is love.

Why live? Life was its own answer. Life was the propagation of more life and the living of as good a life as possible.

Beware the autumn people

That country whose people are autumn people thinking only autumn thoughts.

I feel like I own all the kids in the world because since I've never grown up myself all my books are automatically for children.

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.

The automobile is the most dangerous weapon in our society - cars kill more than wars do.

When I was born in 1920 the auto was only 20 years old. Radio didn't exist. TV didn't exist. I was born at just the right time to write about all of these things.

I don't need to be vindicated and I don't want attention.

Sleeping beauty awoke at the kiss of a scientist and expired at the fatal puncture of his syringe.

Remember the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord.

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.

Get the big truth first. If you get the big truth the small truths will accumulate around it.

I don't see myself as a philosopher. That's awfully boring.

Monday burn Millay Wednesday Whitman Friday Faulkner burn 'em to ashes then burn the ashes. That's our official slogan.

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

If you have to ask yourself whether or not you love a girl or you love a boy forget it. You don't.

You ask Why to a lot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed if you keep at it. The poor girl's better off dead

You're insane!""I won't argue that point.

What do you do go around trying everything once?' he asked. 'Sometimes twice ...

People ask me to predict the future when all I want to do is prevent it.

I love all of the arts. I love motion pictures. I love stage. I love theater.

Self-consciousness is the enemy of all art be it acting writing painting or living itself which is the greatest art of all.

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.

I define science fiction as the art of the possible. Fantasy is the art of the impossible.

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

We have our Arts so we won't die of Truth

We need our Arts to teach us how to breathe

Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.

The river was mild and leisurely going away from the people who ate shadows for breakfast and steam for lunch and vapors for supper.

We must move into the universe. Mankind must save itself. We must escape the danger of war and politics. We must become astronauts and go out into the universe and discover the God in ourselves.

An athlete may run ten thousand miles in order to prepare for one hundred yards. Quantity gives experience.

What is The Subconscious to every other man in its creative aspect becomes for writers The Muse.

Ideas excite me and as soon as I get excited the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I'm borrowing energy from the ideas themselves.

Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers.

Don't talk about it; write.

Writing is supposed to be difficult agonizing a dreadful exercise a terrible occupation.

You should love literature. You should live in the library. Forget about films.

You're peculiar you're aggravating yet you're easy to forgive. You say you're seventeen?..How odd. How strange. And my wife thirty and yet you seem so much older at times. I can't get over it.

When I finished [writing it] I was crying. I knew at long last after ten years of trying I had written something good.

I've been afraid of people playing their life away with too many toys.

Fame and money are gifts given to us only after we have gifted the world with our best our lonely our individual truths.

Acting without knowing takes you right off the cliff.

Action is hope. There is no hope without action.

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.

You have to learn to take rejection not as an indication of personal failing but as a wrong address.

There's a lot of crap out there. Most of the science fiction films alone are abominations you know. They're mindless. So you can't learn from those kinds of films.

The answer I found is you stay away from the people who make fun of you and you join these ad hoc groups who understand your craziness.

I believe in having fun first and along the way if you teach people if you influence people well and good.

Night had come on like the closing of a great but gentle eye.

You can make yourself happy or miserable - it's the same amount of effort.

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. Acting without knowing takes you right off the cliff.

So 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.

And suddenly everything absolutely everything was there.

I don't need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.

How many times can a man go down and still be alive?

You've been put on the world to love the act of being alive.

How talented was death. How many expressions and manipulations of hand face body no two alike.

The human race likes to give itself airs. One good volcano can produce more greenhouse gases in a year than the human race has in its entire history.

Ah art! Ah life! The pendulum swinging back and forth from complex to simple again to complex. From romantic to realistic back to romantic.

When you reach the stars boy yes and live there forever all the fears will go and Death himself will die.

Ideas and philosophies change just as machines do. Religions changed because of the birth control pill. Politics changes because of the hydrogen bomb. All because of science fictional inventions.

My religion encompasses all religions. I believe in God I believe in the universe. I believe you are god I believe I am god; I believe the earth is god and the universe is god. We're all god.

Edgar Allen Poe really started me when I was 8. I fell in love with everything of his.

All of the good weird stories I've written are based on things I've dredged out of my subconscious. That's the real stuff. Everything else is fake.

All isn't well with the world.

I like to smell things and look at things and sometimes stay up all night walking and watch the sun rise.

A good night sleep or a ten minute bawl or a pint of chocolate ice cream or all three together is good medicine.

The blizzard doesn't last forever; it just seems so.

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

If Blake said that said Father Brian he never lived in Dublin.

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.

I felt a bit bookish cut off from life.

Kill two birds with one stone feed the homeless to the hungry.

The books leapt and danced like roasted birds their wings ablaze with red and yellow feathers.

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

We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers instead of on good rain and black loam.

Venice was and is full of lost places where people put up for sale the last worn bits of their souls hoping no one will buy.

My stories run up and bite me on the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish the idea lets go and runs off.

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

A book is a loaded gun.

..holding a book but reading the empty spaces.

All the women in my life have been librarians English teachers and book sellers.

Digression is the soul of wit. Take the philosophic asides away from Dante Milton or Hamlet's father's ghost and what stays is dry bones.

For let's face it digression is the soul of wit. Take philosophic asides away from Dante Milton or Hamlet's father's ghost and what stays is dry bones.

His flesh took paleness from his bones.

A story should be like a river flowing and never stopping your readers passengers on a boat whirling downstream through constantly refreshing and changing scemery.

I think the sun is a flower That blooms for just one hour.

Books are flesh-and-blood ideas and cry out silently when put to the torch.

He felt his smile slide away melt fold over and down on itself like a tallow skin like the stuff of a fantastic candle burning too long and now collapsing and now blown out.

I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library and it's better than college.

I have something to fight for and live for; that makes me a better killer. I've got what amounts to a religion now .

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.

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.

Those who live in the best cliffs think they are better than us. That is always man's attitude when he has power.

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.

What are the best things and the worst things in your life and when are you going to get around to whispering or shouting them?

If you want to be a good writer be the best writer in the world. That's what I've done.

Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.

It takes writing a billion bad words before you get to the good ones.

And besides I like to cry. After I cry hard it's like it's morning again and I'm starting the day over.

The jungle looked back at them with a vastness a breathing moss-and-leaf silence with a billion diamond and emerald insect eyes.

This is the result of six billion years of evolution. Tonight we have given the lie to gravity.We have reached for the stars.

Science and religion have to go hand in hand with the mystery because there's a certain point beyond which you say "There are no answers.

Recreate the world in your own image and make it better for your having been here.

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.

... someday we'll remember so much we'll build the biggest goddamn steamshovel in history and dig the biggest grave of all time and shove war in and cover it up.

You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.

Those who don't build must burn.

Jump and let's build our wings on the way down

I don't think about what I do. I do it. That's Buddhism. I jump off the cliff and build my wings on the way down.

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.

I came on the old and best ways of writing through ignorance and experiment and was startled when truths leaped out of brushes like quail before gunshot.

The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn a philosophical hour and thus a melancholy hour.

He says I'm a regular onion! I keep him busy peeling away the layers.

There is too much government today. We've got to remember the government should be by the people of the people and for the people.

The sun burnt every day. It burnt time.

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.

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

There is no future for e-books because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel.

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

Those who don't build must burn. It's as old as history and juvenile delinquents.

Do you ever read any of the books you burn?" He laughed. "That's against the law!" "Oh. Of course.

There's no reason to burn books if you don't read them.

There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.

It was a pleasure to burn.

We all are rich and ignore the buried fact of accumulated wisdom.

Writing is not a serious business. It's a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it.

My business is to prevent the future.

We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while.

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?

The library is the biggest cracker box factory in the world. The more you eat the more you want.

In your reading find books to improve your color sense your sense of shape and size in the world.

What's the point of having a library full of books you've already read?

For if we're destroyed the knowledge is dead...We're nothing more than dust jackets for books...so many pages to a person...

Electronic books are junk.

My personal telephone book is a book of the dead now. I'm so old. Almost all of my friends have died and I don't have the guts to take their names out of the book.

So there you have it a lifetime of first smelling the books they all smell wonderful reading the books loving the books and remembering the books.

Most members of Congress are politicians. They're bores.

Most members of Congress are politicians. They're bores. They're damn boring. They have no imagination and they don't know how to imagine the future.

I shall remain on Mars and read a book.

There is more than one way to burn a book.

Every story I've written was written because I had to write it. Writing stories is like breathing for me; it is my life.

Notoriety and a fat bank balance must come after everything else is finished and done.

Forget them. Burn all burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.

Painting fulfills a need to be non-intellectual. There are times when we have to get our brains out in our fingers.

Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. Real brains don't do that.

First of all it was October a rare month for boys.

My goal is to entertain myself and others.

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

Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damm insane mistakes!

The most dangerous thing you can do is know who you are.

Time was a film run backward. Suns fled and ten million moons fled after them.

I'm not a serious person and I don't like serious people.

But no man's a hero to himself.

It was a great place to write a novel about book burning in the library basement.

A life's work should be based on love.

The moon is a good solid base to build a space travel organization in the community.

Looking back over a lifetime you see that love was the answer to everything.

Savory...that's a swell word. And Basil and Betel. Capsicum. Curry. All great. But Relish now Relish with a capital R. No argument that' the best.

In order to be creative you don't have to be original.

There's no one way to be creative. Any old way will work.

Are you happy~?

Happy! Of all the nonsense.

Good writers touch life often.

Good to evil seems evil

You let the story cool off and then instead of rewriting it you relive it.

Now that I have you thoroughly confused let me pause to hear your own dismayed cry.

Out of the nursery into the college and back into the nursery; there's your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries or more.

And metaphors like cats behind your smile Each one wound up to purr each one a pride Each one a fine gold beast you've hid inside (...)

I have total recall. I remember being born. I remember being in the womb I remember being inside. Coming out was great.

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.

Why go to a machine when you could go to a human being?

We've let too much time go by. We've been busy with war instead of being busy with peace. And that's what space travel is all about. It's all about peace and exploration and wonder and beauty.

The gift of life is so precious that we should feel an obligation to pay back the universe for the gift of being alive.

I don't like being up high. It took me three days to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

If you want to find the source of much of the music of modern day Russia you will find it in the incredible compositions of that crazed lunatic Berlioz.

I believe the universe created us we are an audience for miracles. In that sense I guess I'm religious.

I believe in Darwin and God together.

The most improbable tales can be made believable if your reader through his sense feels certain that he stands at the middle of events.

I'm inclined to believe you need the psychiatrist.

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.

We are cups constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

I don't like the kind of writer who's out to change the world and beat up on people for their own good. Stalin did that and Hitler did that and to hell with them.

We earth men have a talent for ruining big beautiful things.

All of us no matter how we look born into this world feel something like the Hunchback. It doesn't matter if you have a beautiful face or not.

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.

I don't like to go to theaters because I don't like the way most people behave in theaters.

And the odd think in Dad's voice was the sound truth makes being said.

Everything that happens before Death is what counts.

Long before you knew what death was you were wishing it on someone else.

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.

Beer's intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it.

I did what most writers do at their beginnings: emulated my elders imitated my peers thus turning away from any possibility of discovering truths beneath my skin and behind my eye.

The beginning of wisdom as they say. When you're seventeen you know everything. When you're twenty-seven if you still know everything you're still seventeen.

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

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.

Any carefully planned thing destroys the creativity. You can't think your way through a story; you have to live it. So you don't build a story; you allow it to explode.

I have my favorite cat who is my paperweight on my desk while I am writing.

Disbelief is catching. It rubs off on people.

No pienses. El pensamiento es el enemigo de la creatividad. [...] Simplemente dedícate a hacer cosas.

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

We are the witnesses to the miracle. We are put here by creation by God....We're here to be the audience to the magnificent. It is our job to celebrate.

We have too many cellphones. We've got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.

We're all watching each other so there's no chance for censorship. The main problem is the idiot TV. If you watch local news your head will turn to mush.

It didn't come from the Government down. There was no dictum no declaration no censorship to start with no! Technology mass exploitation and minority pressure carried the trick thank God.

Reading is at the center of our lives. The library is our brain. Without the library you have no civilization.

Libraries are the center of our lives. There's no use going to a university if you don't live at the library.

God here and there makes madness a calling.

You pay a certain penalty for going your own way. A lot of people think you're nuts and you're not as popular with girls as you should be.

Life is like underwear should be changed twice a day.

Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.

First grade is very cheap. It's the later grades where you have to spend a lot of money if you don't do it right.

The major networks the cable networks they're being prosecutors. They're judges and jurors and executioners. Well c'mon that's ridiculous. But they're doing it.

Touch a scientist and you touch a child.

Every day is Christmas Day to a dog.

I was only kicking down the Christmas tree to get the star on top.

Millions of students now in all the schools of America are reading science fiction and especially thank God 'The Martian Chronicles.'

He raged for hours. And the skeleton ever the frail and solelmn philosopher hung quietly inside saying not a word suspended like a delicate insect within a chrysalis waiting and waiting.

What church could compete with the fireworks of the pure soul?

But with the library it's like catnip I suppose: you begin to run in circles because there's so much to look at and read.

They whispered to Caesar that he was mortal then sold daggers at half-price in the grand March sale.

Without the library you have no civilization.

Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge.

No use going to class unless you go to the library.

God how we get our fingers in each other's clay. That's friendship each playing the potter to see what shapes we can make of each other.

What should I do?" "Throw up in your typewriter every morning." "Yeah." "Clean up every noon.

Writing can be described in two verbs: Throw up and clean up.

Stand at the top of a cliff and jump off and build your wings on the way down.

We do need knowledge. And perhaps in a thousand years we might pick smaller cliffs to jump off. The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are.

The average TV commercial of sixty seconds has one hundred and twenty half-second clips in it or one-third of a second. We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for thinking.

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

It was only the other night everything was fine and the next thing I know Im drowning. How many times can a man go down and still be alive? I can't breathe

Into the air over the valleys under the stars above a river a pond a road flew Cecy. Invisible as new spring winds fresh as the breath of clover rising from twilight fields she flew.

I sometimes get up at night when I can't sleep and walk down into my library and open one of my books and read a paragraph and say 'My God did I write that?

If you have moved over vast territories and dared to love silly things you will have learned even from the most primitive items collected and put aside in your life.

Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don't have an imagination to use the knowledge civilization is nowhere.

I never went to college so I went to the library.

When I graduated from high school I couldn't go to college so I went to the library 3 days a week for 10 years.

I couldn't go to college so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.

You must live feverishly in a library. Colleges are not going to do any good unless you are raised and live in a library everyday of your life.

I don't believe in colleges and universities.

Ideas result from the collision of metaphors inside the head.

The Martians were there"?in the canal"?reflected in the water.... The Martians stared back up at them for a long long silent time from the rippling water....

We meet on the common ground of an uncommon age and share out our gifts of dark and light good and bad simple joy and not so simple sorrow.

We're going to become the martians when we land there. When we explore and build communities we become the martians. That's a wonderful destiny for all of us.

Way out in the country tonight he could smell the pumpkins ripening toward the knife and the triangle eye and the singeing candle.

If you're reluctant to weep you won't live a full and complete life.

There was her face like a summer peach beautiful and warm and the light of the candles reflected in her dark eyes. [He] held his breath. The entire world waited and held its breath.

If we try to deny the darkness in our souls then we'll become completely dark.

I don't have a computer. A computer's a typewriter. I already have a typewriter.

I don't understand this whole thing about computers and the superhighway. Who wants to be in touch with all of those people?

I'm interested in having fun with ideas throwing them up in the air like confetti and then running under them.

Remember Montag we're the happiness boys. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought.

Don't try to write a novel. Write short stories and then figure out how to connect them.

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.

Memory is an illusion nothing more. It is a fire that needs constant tending.

Kids love me because I write stories that tell them about their capacity for evil. I'm one of the few writers who lets you cleanse yourself that way.

Who has more pockets than a magician? A boy. Whose pockets contain *more* than a magicians? A boy's.

I take this continent with me into the grave.

Here at this far lost end of the continent where the trail wagons had stopped and the people with them....

Creativity is a continual surprise.

The gods had gone away and the ritual of the religion continued senselessly uselessly.

I'm not in control of my muse. My muse does all the work.

If teachers and grammar school editors find my jawbreaker sentences shatter their mushmilk teeth let them eat stale cake dunked in weak tea of their own ungodly manufacture.

But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom the solid unmoving cattle of the majority

Poverty made a sound like a wet cough in the shadows of the room.

It could reach up and grab the moon.

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

The local TV news is the greatest danger in your life. It's all crap.

What are you up to now?" "I'm sill crazy. The rain feels good. I love to walk in it.

Create a character with an obsession then follow.

Surprise is where creativity comes in.

Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.

Are you happy?" she [Clarisse] said. "Am I what?" he [Montag] cried. But she was gone- running in the moonlight. Her front door shut gently.

And when he died I suddenly realized I wasn't crying for him at all but for the things he did. I cried because he would never do them again...

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.

The critics are generally wrong or they're fifteen twenty years late. It's a great shame. They miss out on a lot.

A Witch is born out of the true hungers of her time " she said. "I was born out of New York. The things that are most wrong here summoned me. ("Drink Entire: Against The Madness Of Crowds")

If she fell if she broke you'd find a million fragments in the morning. Bright crystal and clear wine on the parquet flooring that's all you'd see at dawn.

..love cushions all your irritations unnatural instincts hatreds and immaturities.

Love what you do and do what you love.

You're either in love with what you do or you're not in love.

Remember with writing what you're looking for is just one person to come up and tell you 'I love you for what you do.'

It's not going to do any good to land on Mars if we're stupid.

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.

I have four daughters and eight grandchildren. My soul lives on in them. That's immortality. That's the only immortality I care about.

Write. Don't think. Relax.

Work. Don't Think. Relax.

I don't do research. I never have.

Looking at her in the hospital he had thought I don't know you who you are does it matter if we live or die?

I think we're doing a dreadful job of educating.

All education is self-discovery.

I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library.

You've got to be able to look at your thoughts on paper and discover what a fool you were.

Or did you have your fingernails honed on a whetsone my darling?

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.

If God treats you well by teaching you a disastrous lesson you never forget it.

People try to force things. It's disastrous. Just leave your mind alone. Your intuition knows what it wants to write so get out of the way.

Television is very dangerous. Because it repeats and repeats and repeats our disasters instead of our triumphs.

The Internet is a big distraction. It's distracting it's meaningless; it's not real. It's in the air somewhere.

The terrible tyranny of the majority.

The one sure way I can dishonor myself is by worrying about my reputation.

Do your own bit of saving and if you drown at least die knowing you were headed for shore.

May you be in love every day for the next 20 000 days. And out of that love remake a world.

Find out what your hero or heroine wants and when he or she wakes up in the morning just follow him or her all day..

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.

Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds.

It's important to read a book but also to hold the book to smell the book... it's perfume it's incense it's the dust of Egypt...

I often wonder if God recognizes His own son the way we've dressed him up or is it dressed him down?

Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things you're doomed.

Thus through half-belief we are often doomed to repeat that very past we should have learned from.

Fire the doubters out of your life.

All silence is. All emptiness. And now: The dawn.

I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money.

I've learned that by doing things things get done

See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees ask for no security.

Man has always been half-monster half-dreamer.

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely.

I've been writing every day of my life for 65 years.

See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream.

You don't question Providence. If you can't have the reality a dream is just as good.

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

Suddenly the day was gone night came out from under each tree and spread.

Everything is my demon muse. I have a muse which whispers in my ear and says 'Do this do that ' but it's my demon who provokes me.

Tell us again for we forget that work done without love is stillborn mindless and lost in the very hour of its deliverance.

When I graduated from high school it was during the Depression and we had no money.

I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.

I don't write science fiction. I've only done one science fiction book and that's Fahrenheit 451 based on reality. Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal.

Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered...sealed away for opening on a January day with snow falling fast and the sun unseen for weeks...

I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.

I'm the thing you most desire you represent the thing I least desire death. It's just the opposite of love.

Those women like to see their tongues dance.

No person ever died that had a family.

Not to write for many of us is to die.

There's no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.

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

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.

If you learn only methods you'll be tied to your methods but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods.

Why then you're as mad as me. No madder. For I distrust 'reality' and its moron mother the universe while you fasten your innocence to fallible devices which pretend at happy endings.

How do you get so empty? Who takes it out of you?

Evil has only the power we give it.

Love is easy and I love writing.

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.

My characters talk to one another and when it reaches a certain pitch of excitement I jump out of bed and run and trap them before they are gone.

...I mean you don't just love people you must LOVE them with exclamation points.

In Hollywood they think they know it all. You as a writer are essentially an outsider. Novelists and short-story writers especially.

I started writing every day. I never stopped.

The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me.

Stuff your eyes with wonder.

At the top of your lungs shout and listen to the echoes. You must live life at the top of your voice!

There are a lot of wonderful women writers who would be good influences on writers. You've got to spread yourself out and educate yourself with all kinds of stories.

Poetry expands the senses and keeps them in prime condition. It keeps you aware of your nose your eye your ear your tongue your hand.

Oh God the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it's up to you to know with which ear you'll listen.

Through lack of education we're not teaching kids to read and write. So there is the danger that you raise up a generation of morons.

A single face turned upward toward all Time One flesh one ecstasy one peace.

Love is easy and I love writing. You can't resist love. You get an idea someone says something and you're in love.

You don't organize metaphors . . . you explode them.

You don't have to worry about the future you don't worry about the past - you just explode.

How do you get so empty? he wondered. Who takes it out of you?

and sleeping put an end to summer 1928

Mars is empty now. Five hundred years from now it'll be full of people.

The world like a great iris of an even more gigantic eye which has also just opened and stretched out to encompass everything stared back at him.

All my stories are like the Greek and Roman myths and the Egyptian myths and the Old and New Testament.

With a book tucked in one hand and a computer shoved under my elbow I will march not sidle shudder or quake into the twenty-first century.

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.

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.

The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school.

I'm never going to go to Mars but I've helped inspire thank goodness the people who built the rockets and sent our photographic equipment off to Mars.

Do three things each night before you go to bed: read a poem read a short story read an essay.

Journalism keeps you planted in the earth.

When you write - explode - fly apart - disintegrate! Then give time enough to think cut rework and rewrite.

The real fear isn't rejection but that there won't be enough time in your life to write all the stories that you have in you.

Everybody has forgotten that Russia helped start the Second World War.

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.

We should have stayed on the moon. We should have made moon the base instead of building space stations which are fragile and which fly apart.

Life shoould be touched not strangled. You've got to relax let it happen at times and at other move forward with it.

First find out what your hero wants then just follow him.

When the wind is right a faint odor of kerosene is exhaled from Senator McCarthy.

We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will.

The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are.

...passing swiftly on toward further darknesses but moving also toward a new sun.

It's lack that gives us inspiration. It's not fullness.

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.

My job is to help you fall in love.

Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.

It is a lie to write in such way as to be rewarded by fame offered you by some snobbish quasi-literary groups in the intellectual gazettes.

Marriage made people old and familiar while still young.

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.

Men read science fiction to build the future. Women don't need to read it. They are the future.

Day after day after glorious day I was falling in love with books.....

We're a free society; we've got television. We have radio. We have newspapers. We have the videocassette which is coming into play. These are new freedoms.

When a man talks from his heart in his moment of truth he speaks poetry.

Teachers are to inspire; librarians are to fulfill.

It was in their friendship they just wanted to run forever shadow and shadow.

To feed your Muse then you should always have been hungry about life since you were a child. If not it is a little late to start.

Reality and Fiction are different in that fiction has to make sense.

Facts are not interesting to me.

I don't talk things sir. I talk the meaning of things.

Far away in the meadow shadows flickered in the Mirror's Maze as if parts of someone's life yet unborn were trapped there waiting to be lived.

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 pastÂ?a combination of both.

The ability to fantasize is the ability to survive and the ability to fantasize is the ability to grow

Sometimes you have intuitive insight about how you think things are going to be and you write that. Other times you fantasize completely which has nothing to do with predicting the future.

Fantasies are things that can't happen and science fiction is about things that can happen.

Science Fiction has always been and will always be a fable teacher of morality.

My favorite writers have been those who've said things well.

The faster you blurt the more swiftly you write the more honest you are.

Writing is like sex. You have to save your love for the love object. If you go around spouting about your idea there'll be no "charge" left. You can't father children that way.

I've only written one science-fiction book: 'Fahrenheit 451.' That book is a book based on real facts and my hatred of people who destroy books.

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!

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 important thing of any time you live in is to be in love yourself. You float above your time then. It's what you want that counts not what your time wants.

How working for the wrong motives poisons our creativity and warps our ideas of success and failure.

Fahrenheit 451' postulates a lot of things I didn't want to have happen.

You'd type like hell. I spent $9.80 and in nine days I had Fahrenheit 451.

I'm not a science-fiction writer. I've only written one book that's science fiction and that's Fahrenheit 451. All the others are fantasy.

You fail only if you stop writing.

You don't read in your own field. You read in that field when you're young so that you can learn.

I am not a science fiction writer. I am a fantasy writer. But the label got put on me and stuck.

Science fiction is really sociological studies of the future things that the writer believes are going to happen by putting two and two together.

Friendship is an island that you retreat to and you all fall on the floor and laugh at all the other ninnies that don't have enough brains to have your good taste.

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.

Joy is the grace we say to God.

We've gotta reinvest in space travel. We should've never left the moon.

A book is a loaded gun in the house next door...Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?

Melt all the guns I thought break the knives burn the guillotines-and the malicious will still write letters that kill.

I have two rules in life - to hell with it whatever it is and get your work done.

And they were all when their souls grew warm poets.

The great thing about my life is that everything I've done is a result of what I was when I was 12 or 13

I am madness maddened when it comes to books writers and the great granary silos where their wits are stored.

I'll be damned if death wears my sadness as glad rags.

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

All of my writing is God-given.

If someone tells you to do something for money tell them to go to hell

Chock them so ... full of "facts" they feel stuffed but absolutely "brilliant" with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking they'll get a sense of motion without moving.

Hollywood was a good influence because I was madly in love with films and the films had a direct influence on me.

Any experience that touches you in any particular way is good. It can be a horrible experience.

You either have an imaginative mind or you don't. All of my writing is God-given. I don't write my stories - they write themselves.

The magic is only in what books say how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.

My gosh if you're going away we got a million things to talk about! All the things we would've talked about next month the month after! Praying mantises zeppelins acrobats sword swallowers!

I used to take my short stories to girls' homes and read them to them. Can you imagine the reaction reading a short story to a girl instead of pawing her?

That's sad " said Montag quietly (referring to The Hound) "because all we put into it is hunting and finding and killing. What a shame if that's all it can ever know.

You can write a short story in two hours. Two hours a day you have a novel in a year

In order for a thing to be horrible it has to suffer a change you can recognize.

Anything you dream is fiction and anything you accomplish is science the whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.

He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back.

So it was the hand that started it all . . . His hands had been infected and soon it would be his arms . . . His hands were ravenous.

I have fun with ideas; I play with them.

I have spent my life going from mania to mania. Somehow it has all paid off.

The stars are yours if you have the head the hands and the heart for them.

I hate all politics. I don't like either political party. One should not belong to them - one should be an individual standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking.

Sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

Is it true the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much?

How to feel your way toward something honest hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull.

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

I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough it'll make sense.

I love the musical form of books. It's a different way of doing things it's very beautiful. You're able to sing things instead of saying them. So what the heck - why not do them?

And I saw then and there you take a man half-bad and a women half-bad and put their two good halves together and you got one human all good to share between.

Heaven is a house with porch lights.

I feel like I've been saving up a lot of things and I don't know what.

... bums on the outside libraries inside.

I love you and I forgive you. I am like you and you are like me. I love all people. I love the world. I love creating. Everything in our life should be based on love.

I want your loves to be multiple. I don't want you to be a snob about anything. Anything you love you do it.

Can't you recognize the human in the inhuman?

You take the books you lie there in the pools of light and you drink life. That is how intensely I have loved libraries.

It was a simple thing. All terror is a simplicity. ("Interval In Sunlight")

Your intuition knows what to write so get out of the way.

You don't have to turn on the TV set. You don't have to work on the Internet. It's up to you.

Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures.

This was all he wanted now. Some signs that the immense world would accept him and give him the long time he needed to think all the things that must be thought.

I laugh until I weep And weep until I smile

I'm really alive! he thought. I never knew it before or if I did I don't remember!

I'm ALIVE. Thinking about it noticing it is new. You do things and don't watch. Then all of a sudden you look and see what you're doing and it's the first time really.

You ask Why to a lot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed if you keep at it.

Everyone has a telephone. Whether they can afford it or not. It's one of those things that people have regardless of their income.

Impossible; for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you?

We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.

The important thing is to be in love with something.

If you're living in your time you cannot help but to write about the things that are important.

And a lot of it will be wrong but just enough of it will be right.

Your mind's always juggling isn't it?-mirrors torches plates.

Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down.

If I'd found out that Norman Mailer liked me. I'd have killed myself.

But no man's a hero to himself. I've lived with me a lifetime. I know everything worth knowing about myself--" ~Something Wicked This Way Comes