200+ "Ray Bradbury" Quotes And Sayings

Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois, the second of four children of Hubert and Georgia (née Sizemore) Bradbury. His parents named him after the then-most famous science fiction writer, Edgar Rice Burroughs. In 1933, his family moved to Los Angeles where he attended John Marshall High School, and began his literary career as a fanzine writer and a member of the Black Mask Detective Story Club. He won a national essay writing competition sponsored by the Works Progress Administration Read more

In the late 1940s, he began writing full-time and produced over 82 short stories and two novels: "A Sound of Thunder" (1952) and "The Illustrated Man" (1951). He also wrote hundreds of radio scripts for such programs as "Philip Marlowe", "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" and "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color". In 1939, he married Jane Marie Cox; they had two children: Karole Cox (born 1939), who became a photographer; and Alexandra Marie (born 1942), who is an interior designer. In 1949 they divorced; afterward he married for a third time to Margaret Ann Norell (born 1919) on April 12, 1980.

The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we're the Happiness Boys, the Dixie Duo, you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. We have our fingers in the dike. Hold steady. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world. We depend on you. I don't think you realize how important you are, we are, to our happy world as it stands now. . Ray Bradbury
Sunsets are loved because they vanish. Flowers are loved because they go. The dogs of the field and the cats of the kitchen are loved because soon they must depart. These are not the sole reasons, but at the heart of morning welcomes and afternoon laughters is the promise of farewell. In the gray muzzle of an old dog we see goodbye. In the tired face of an old friend we read long journeys beyond returns. Ray Bradbury
Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in...
Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures. Ray Bradbury
Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the Universe together into one garment for us. Ray Bradbury
Where's your common sense? None of those books agree with each other. You've been locked up here for years with a regular damned Tower of Babel. Snap out of it! The people in those books never lived. Come on now! Ray Bradbury
He felt as if he had left a stage behind and many actors. He felt as if he had left the great seance and all the murmuring ghosts. He was moving from an unreality that was frightening into a reality that was unreal because it was new. Ray Bradbury
War is a bad thing, but peace can be a...
War is a bad thing, but peace can be a living horror Ray Bradbury
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 die knowing you were headed for shore. Ray Bradbury
Men are men, unfortunately, no matter what their shape, and inclined to sin. Ray Bradbury
How men envy and often hate these warm clocks, these wives, who know they will live forever. So what do we do? We men turn terribly mean, because we can't hold to the world or ourselves or anything. We are blind to continuity, all breaks down, falls, melts, stops, rots, or runs away. So, since we cannot shape Time, where does that leave men? Sleepless. Staring. Ray Bradbury
When I was a boy, Ray Bradbury picked stories from his books of short stories he thought younger readers might like and published them as R Is for Rocket and S Is for Space. Now I was doing the same sort of thing, and I asked Ray if he'd mind if I called this book M Is for Magic. (He didn't.) M is for magic. All the letters are, if you put them together properly. You can make magic with them, and dreams, and, I hope, even a few surprises.. Neil Gaiman
There must be something in books, things we can't imagine. Ray Bradbury
You could see her thoughts swimming around in her eyes, like fish - some bright, some dark, some fast, quick, some slow and easy, and sometimes, like when she looked up where Earth was, being nothing but colour and nothing else. Ray Bradbury
The other six or seven drafts are going to be pure torture. So why not enjoy the first draft, in the hope that your joy will seek and find others in the world who, reading your story, will catch fire, too? Ray Bradbury
Sucks to be left out of adolescence, sort of like getting locked in the closet on Venus when the sun appears for the first time in a hundred years. Unknown
The truth is that Trout, like Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury and many others, writes parables. These are set in frames which have become called, for no good reason, science fiction. A better generic term would be 'future fairy tales'. And even this is objectionable, since many science fiction stories take place in the present or the past, far and near. Unknown
I know, i know. You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was younger I shoved my ignorance in people's faces. They beat me with sticks. By the times I was fort my blunt instrument has been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hid your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn. Ray Bradbury
But 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. Ray Bradbury
There were differences between memories and dreams. He had only dreams of things he had wanted to do, while Lespere had memories of things done and accomplished. And this knowledge began to pull Hollis apart, with a slow, quivering precision. Ray Bradbury
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. Ray Bradbury
You can't learn to write in college. It's a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do–and they don't. They have prejudices. They may like Henry James, but what if you don't want to write like Henry James? They may like John Irving, for instance, who's the bore of all time. A lot of the people whose work they've taught in the schools for the last thirty years, I can't understand why people read them and why they are taught. The library, on the other hand, has no biases. The information is all there for you to interpret. You don't have someone telling you what to think. You discover it for yourself. Ray Bradbury
You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be. Mistakes can be profited by. Ray Bradbury
Any conversation including the mention of Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury, or Emily Dickinson is one worth getting into or at least eavesdropping. Don Roff
Happiness is important. Fun is everything. Ray Bradbury
Without the library, you have no civilization. Ray Bradbury