Quotes From "Fahrenheit 451" By Ray Bradbury

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You're a hopeless romantic, " said Faber. "It would be funny if it were not serious. It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were in books. The same things could be in the 'parlor families' today. The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through the radios, and televisors, but are not. No, no it's not books at all you're looking for! Take it where you can find it, in old phonograph records, old motion pictures, and in old friends; look for it in nature and look for it in yourself. Books were only one type or 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. Of course you couldn't know this, of course you still can't understand what I mean when i say all this. You are intuitively right, that's what counts. Ray Bradbury
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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 die knowing you were heading for shore. Ray Bradbury
I just want someone to hear what I have to...
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I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it’ll make sense. Ray Bradbury
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Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You’d find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more ‘literary’ you are. That’s my definition anyway. Telling detail. Fresh detail. 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. So now you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. Ray Bradbury
It doesn't matter what you do...so long as you change...
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It doesn't matter what you do...so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. Ray Bradbury
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Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned 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. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change. Don’t give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy. Ray Bradbury
Digression is the soul of wit. Take the philosophic asides...
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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. Ray Bradbury
The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just...
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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. Ray Bradbury
But you can't make people listen. They have to come...
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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. Ray Bradbury
I often wonder if God recognizes His own son the...
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I often wonder if God recognizes His own son the way we've dressed him up, or is it dressed him down? Ray Bradbury
Are you happy?
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Are you happy? Ray Bradbury
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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
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Everyone must leave something behind when he dies .. . Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die .. . It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. Ray Bradbury
And when he died, I suddenly realized I wasn't crying...
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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... Ray Bradbury
The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run...
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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
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Hello! " He said hello and then said, "What are you up to now?" "I'm still crazy. The rain feels good. I love to walk in it. "I don't think I'd like that, " he said. "You might if you tried." "I never have." She licked her lips. "Rain even tastes good." "What do you do, go around trying everything once?" he asked. "Sometimes twice. Ray Bradbury
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He glanced back at the wall. How like a mirror, too, her face. Impossible; for how many people did you know who reflected your own light to you? People were more often--he searched for a simile, found one in his work--torches, blazing away until they whiffed out. How rarely did other people's faces take of you and throw back to you your own expression, your own innermost trembling thought? Ray Bradbury
For if we're destroyed, the knowledge is dead... We're nothing...
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For if we're destroyed, the knowledge is dead... We're nothing more than dust jackets for books...so many pages to a person... Ray Bradbury
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Better to keep it in the old heads, where no one can see it or suspect it. We are all bits and pieces of history and literature and international law. Byron, Tom Paine, Machiavelli, or Christ, it's here. And the hour's late. And the war's begun. And we are out here, and the city is there, all wrapped up in its own coat of a thousand colors.. All we want to do is keep the knowledge we think we will need intact and safe. We're not out to incite or anger anyone yet. For if we are destroyed, the knowledge is dead, perhaps for good.. Right now we have a horrible job; we're waiting for the war to begin and, as quickly, end. It's not pleasant, but then we're not in control, we're the odd minority crying in the wilderness. When the war's over, perhaps we can be of some use in the world. Ray Bradbury
The home environment can undo a lot you try to...
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The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school. Ray Bradbury