Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ray Bradbury Quotes (Fahrenheit 451 author)

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better.

Is it because we're having so much fun at home we've forgotten the world? Is it because we're so rich and the rest of the world's so poor and we just don't care if they are? I've heard rumors; the world is starving, but we're well fed. Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much?

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.

Why would you clone people when you can go to bed with them and make a baby? C'mon, it's stupid.

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

"There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist/Unitarian, Irish/Italian/Octogenarian/Zen Buddhist, Zionist/Seventh-day Adventist, Women's Lib/Republican, Mattachine/Four Square Gospel feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme."

Stuff your eyes with wonder... live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

You feed yourself. Make sure you have all the information, whether it's aesthetic, scientific, mathematical, I don't care what it is. Then you walk away from it and let it ferment. You ignore it and pretend you don't care. Next thing you know, the answer comes.

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.

If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or,"I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore..." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Recreate the world in your own image and make it better for your having been here.

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance— the idea that anything is possible.

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.

The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.

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

3 comments:

Michael Skaggs said...

Nice one! I never go the chance to read the book, but I played the graphic adventure on my old C-64 when I was a lass! I think you just planted a subliminal in my mind now and I will .."zombify blindly over to bookstore and buy book"..more then likely pick up the book to read sometime. Huh? ;) Later!

Luke J. Terry said...

You've put together an excellent compendium of the available info on 2012. However, as Drunvalo Melchizedek has pointed out, no one has really communicated with the Mayans themselves to see what they have to say about their own calendar and its end.
At a lecture in LA at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Melchizedek said that the Mayan Nation, formed by the association of 441 tribes of Mayans who live in Guatamela and Southern Mexico, has put together a committee of Mayan shamans and historains who are compiling a book that will explain the prophecies as well as the Mayan creation story to be released next year.

dedroidify said...

Great news, too bad it's at the wrong post haha.