Ray Bradbury Quotes On Life and Reading Books

Ray Bradbury was an American science fiction writer and author. He wrote more than 500 short stories, novels, plays, and screenplays. In this blog post we have shared 126 most famous Ray Bradbury quotes.

Ray Bradbury Quotes

His most famous work is the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953. Bradbury’s writing style was colorful and poetic, earning him the nickname “the lyricist of science fiction”. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1999, and the National Book Foundation honored him with a lifetime achievement award in 2004.

126. Ray Bradbury Quotes

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

2. “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.”

3. “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.”

4. “Teachers are to inspire; librarians are to fulfill.”

5. “First you jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.”

6. “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.”

7. “A book is a loaded gun.”

8. “We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.”

9. “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.”

10. “There’s no use going to school unless your final destination is the library.”

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11. “Libraries raised me.”

12. “Ignorance is fatal.”

13. “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.”

14. “You fail only if you stop writing.”

15. “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.”

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

17. “The sun burnt every day. It burnt time.”

18. “Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything.”

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

20. “I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it’ll make sense.”

21. “I’m not anyone, I’m just myself; whatever I am, I am something, and now I’m something you can’t help.”

22. “Without the library, you have no civilization.”

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23. “If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”

24. “But souls can’t be sold. They can only be lost and never found again.”

25. “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

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

27. “Putting out the stars and extinguishing the sun.”

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

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

30. “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?”

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31. “Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for.”

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

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

34. “Acting without knowing takes you right off the cliff.”

35. “Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”

36. “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.”

37. “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.”

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

39. “It is good to renew one’s wonder, said the philosopher. Space travel has again made children of us all.”

40. “What’s the point of having a library full of books you’ve already read?”

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

42. “The minute you get a religion you stop thinking. Believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas.”

43. “Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine.”

44. “The dust was antique spice, burnt maple leaves, a prickling blue that teemed and sifted to earth. Swarming its own shadows, the dust filtered over the tents.”

45. “Writing is supposed to be difficult, agonizing, a dreadful exercise, a terrible occupation.”

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46. “That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.”

47. “The Internet is a big distraction. It’s distracting, it’s meaningless; it’s not real. It’s in the air somewhere.”

48. “Everything that happens before Death is what counts.”

49. “A train has a poor memory; it soon puts all behind it.”

50. “Memories, as my father once said, are porcupines. To hell with them! Stay away from them! They make you unhappy. They ruin your work. They make you cry”

51. “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.”

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

53. “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..”

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

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

56. “We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren’t happy. Something’s missing.”

57. “A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind. Who knows who might be the target of a well-read man?”

58. “To hell with you. To hell with you and to hell with the Internet.”

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

60. “In the silence, our stage whisper might carry.”

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61. “Don’t try to write a novel. Write short stories and then figure out how to connect them.”

62. “And a lot of it will be wrong, but just enough of it will be right.”

63. “That’s the good part of dying; when you’ve nothing to lose, you run any risk you want.”

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

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

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

67. “Memory is an illusion, nothing more. It is a fire that needs constant tending.”

68. “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.”

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

70. “Summer quiet thoughts on summer quiet noons.”

71. “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.”

72. “They read the long afternoon through, while the cold November rain fell from the sky upon the quiet house.”

73. “His flesh took paleness from his bones.”

74. “Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.”

75. “I feel like I’ve been saving up a lot of things, and I don’t know what.” – Ray Bradbury

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

77. “Forget them. Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.”

78. “You’re afraid of making mistakes. Don’t be. Mistakes can be profited by.”

79. “So few want to be rebels anymore. And out of those few, most, like myself, scare easily.”

80. “Come on now, we’re going to go build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them.”

81. “No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now.”

82. “The things that you do should be things that you love, and things that you love should be things that you do.”

83. “I want your loves to be multiple. I don’t want you to be a snob about anything. Anything you love, you do it.”

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

85. “Thinking little at all about nothing in particular.”

86. “You had to run with a night like this, so the sadness could not hurt.”

87. “I take this continent with me into the grave.”

88. “I’m interested in having fun with ideas, throwing them up in the air like confetti and then running under them.”

89. “How many times can a man go down and still be alive?”

90. “The writer must let his fingers run out the story of his characters, who, being only human and full of strange dreams and obsessions, are only too glad to run.”

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

92. “He had written books of a lifetime, on the airs of vast rooms in vast buildings, and had it all fly out the vents.”

93. “Someone who loved night arrivals and dark departures, for the hell, the fun, the death of it?”

94. “Creativity is a continual surprise.”

95. “It was in their friendship they just wanted to run forever, shadow and shadow.”

96. “Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.”

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

98. “I found you can’t wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.”

99. “Life is trying things to see if they work.”

100. “I never in my life argued with a piece of cake or a bowl of ice cream.”

101. “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.”

102. “You’re either in love with what you do, or you’re not in love.”

103. “We can’t be good unless we know what bad is, and it’s a shame we’re working against time.”

104. “Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down.”

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

106. “Sometimes I’m ancient. I’m afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always use to be that way?”

107. “You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.”

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

109. “Man had become too much man and not enough animal”

110. “You don’t question Providence. If you can’t have the reality, a dream is just as good.”

111. “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.”

112. “Love will fly if held too lightly, love will die if held too tightly.”

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113. “By living well, by observing as you live, by reading well and observing as you read, you have fed Your Most Original Self.”

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

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

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

117. “Science fiction is the art of the possible not the impossible.”

118. “I was not predicting the future, I was trying to prevent it.”

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

120. “I don’t want to change sides and just be told what to do. There’s no reason to change if I do that.”

121. “If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.”

122. “Somewhere in him, a shadow turned mournfully over. You had to run with a night like this so the sadness could not hurt”

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

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

125. “He knew what the wind was doing to them, where it was taking them, to all the secret places that were never so secret again in life.”

126. “All of us have photographic memories, but spend a lifetime learning how to block off the things that are really in there.”

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