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Ray Bradbury quotes

My goal is to entertain myself and others.

Journalism keeps you planted in the earth.

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

Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn't exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.

If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

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

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

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

We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.

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

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

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

Libraries raised me.

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

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.

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.

I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves - you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories.

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.

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

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.