Ray Bradbury Quotes

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Ray Bradbury
“I don't talk things, sir. I talk the meaning of things.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
“When they give you lined paper, write the other way.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

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, Fahrenheit 451

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, From the Dust Returned

Junot Díaz
“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.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Ray Bradbury
“Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures.”
Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

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, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
“Without the library, you have no civilization.”
Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury
“Write a thousand words a day and in three years you'll be a writer!”
Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury
“And wasn't it this bright boy you selected for beating and tortures after hours? Of course it was. We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for their are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! 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 the well-read man? Me? I won't stomach them for a minute. And so when houses were finally fireproofed completely, all over the world (you were correct in your assumption the other night) there was no longer need of firemen for the old purposes. They were given the new job, as custodians of our peace of mind, the focus of our understandable and rightful dread of being inferior: official censors, judges and executors. That's you, Montag, and that's me.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Philip José Farmer
“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.”
Philip José Farmer

Ray Bradbury
“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.”
Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury
“Orwell was dealing with communism and his disillusionment with communism in Russia and what he saw the communists do in Spain. His novel was a response to those political situations. Whereas I was interested in more things than the political atmosphere. I was considering the whole social atmosphere: the impact of TV and radio and the lack of education. I could see the coming event of schoolteachers not teaching reading anymore. The less they taught, the more you wouldn't need books.”
Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury
“You can't ever have my books.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
“Pasamos la vida entera aprendiendo a olvidar cosas que en realidad están dentro”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
“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, Fahrenheit 451

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, Fahrenheit 451

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, Fahrenheit 451

Junot Díaz
“Everybody else going through the terror and joy of their first crushes, their first dates, their first kisses while Oscar sat in the back of the class, behind his DM's screen, and watched his adolescence stream by. 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.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Ray Bradbury
“Los que no viven allí van a ver, y vuelven para contar.”
Ray Bradbury, El pueblo donde no baja nadie

Ray Bradbury
“¿Quién es usted para discutir lo que pasa? Aquí estamos. ¿Qué es la vida, de todos modos? ¿Quién decide por qué, para qué o dónde? Sólo sabemos que estamos aquí, vivos otra vez, y no hacemos preguntas.”
Ray Bradbury, Crónicas marcianas

Ray Bradbury
“No puedo más, de veras. Estoy entumecido y cansado. Hoy han ocurrido demasiadas cosas. Me siento como si hubiera pasado cuarenta y ocho horas bajo una lluvia torrencial, sin paraguas ni impermeable. Estoy empapado hasta los huesos de emoción.”
Ray Bradbury, Crónicas marcianas

Ray Bradbury
“¿Cómo? ¿Cómo se hizo todo esto? ¿Y por qué? ¿Con qué propósito? ¿Por la mera bondad de alguna intervención divina? ¿Entonces Dios se preocupa realmente por sus criaturas? ¿Cómo y por qué y para qué?”
Ray Bradbury, Crónicas marcianas

Ray Bradbury
“—He aquí la respuesta, capitán.
—No entiendo.
—Los marcianos descubrieron el secreto de la vida entre los animales. El animal no discute la vida, vive. No tiene otra razón de vivir que la vida. Ama la vida y disfruta la vida.”
Ray Bradbury, Crónicas marcianas

Ray Bradbury
“—Me parece que los marcianos eran bastante ingenuos.
—Sólo cuando les convenía. Renunciaron a empeñarse en destruirlo todo, humillarlo todo. Combinaron la religión, arte y ciencia, pues en verdad la ciencia no es más que la investigación de un milagro inexplicable, y el arte, la interpretación de ese milagro. No permitieron que la ciencia aplastara la belleza.”
Ray Bradbury, Crónicas marcianas

Ray Bradbury
“Odio la astucia cuando uno no se siente realmente astuto, ni quiere serlo. No puedo enorgullecerme de ir espiando por ahí y jactarme de que llevo a cabo grandes planes. Odio pensar que estoy cumpliendo con mi deber cuando no estoy seguro de que sea así.”
Ray Bradbury, Crónicas marcianas

Ray Bradbury
“Siempre había una minoría que tenía miedo de algo, y una gran mayoría que tenía miedo de la oscuridad, miedo del futuro, miedo del presente, miedo de ellos mismo y de las sombras de ellos mismos.”
Ray Bradbury, Crónicas marcianas

Ray Bradbury
“Pero cómo renunciar a lo que hemos deseado tanto aunque se quede sólo un día y desaparezca, haciendo el vacío más vacío, y las noches oscuras más oscuras y las noches lluviosas más húmedas. Quitarnos esto sería como quitarnos la comida de la boca.”
Ray Bradbury, Crónicas marcianas

Ray Bradbury
“—Yo iba a embarcar en el último cohete, pero preferí quedarme, ¿sabes por qué?
—¿Por qué?
—Porque todos se metían conmigo. Por eso me quedé; para echarme perfume encima el día entero y beber diez mil cervezas y comer dulces y bombones sin que la gente me esté diciendo "¡Oh, cuidado, eso tiene muchas calorías!". Y aquí estoy.
—Y aquí estás.”
Ray Bradbury, Crónicas marcianas

Ray Bradbury
“—Ha muerto. El corazón.
—Lo lamento.
—¿Cómo se siente?
—Hathaway no quería que nos sintiéramos mal. Nos dijo que esto ocurriría en cualquier momento, y no quería que lloráramos. No nos enseñó a llorar. No quería que supiéramos hacerlo. Según él, nada peor puede ocurrirle a un hombre que saber cómo estar solo, y cómo estar triste, y ponerse a llorar.”
Ray Bradbury, Crónicas marcianas

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