124+ Best Ray Bradbury Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Ray Douglas Bradbury was an American author and screenwriter. Profoundly inspirational Ray Bradbury quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

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Famous Ray Bradbury Quotes

Poverty made a sound like a wet cough in the shadows of the room. – Ray Bradbury

First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. – Ray Bradbury

He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details of the land. He was not empty. There was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough. – Ray Bradbury

You’re afraid of making mistakes. Don’t be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was young I shoved my ignorance in people’s faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn. – Ray Bradbury

How working for the wrong motives poisons our creativity and warps our ideas of success and failure. – Ray Bradbury

Writing is not a serious business. It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it. – Ray Bradbury

We are the witnesses to the miracle. We are put here by creation, by God….We’re here to be the audience to the magnificent. It is our job to celebrate. – Ray Bradbury

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. – Ray Bradbury

If teachers and grammar school editors find my jawbreaker sentences shatter their mushmilk teeth, let them eat stale cake dunked in weak tea of their own ungodly manufacture. – Ray Bradbury

I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it. – Ray Bradbury

I don’t believe in government. I hate politics. I’m against it. And I hope that sometime this fall, we can destroy part of our government, and next year destroy even more of it. The less government, the happier I will be. – Ray Bradbury

The important thing is to be in love with something. – Ray Bradbury

I don’t like realism. We already know the real facts about li[fe], most of the basic facts. I’m not interested in repeating what we already know. We know about sex, about violence, about murder, about war. All these things, by the time we’re 18, we’re up to here. From there on we need interpreters. We need poets. We need philosophers. We need theologians, who take the same basic facts and work with them and help us make do with those facts. Facts alone are not enough. It’s interpretation. – Ray Bradbury

If you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder. – Ray Bradbury

The trouble with a lot of people who try to write is they intellectualize about it. That comes after. The intellect is given to us by God to test things once they’re done, not to worry about things ahead of time. – Ray Bradbury

Most of my stories are ideas in action. In other words, I get a concept, and I let it run away. I find a character to act out the idea. And then the story takes care of itself. – Ray Bradbury

Screenplays are not writing. They’re a fake form of writing. It’s a lot of dialogue and very little atmosphere. Very little description. Very little character work. It’s very dangerous. You’ll never learn to write. – Ray Bradbury

I discovered very early on that if you wanted a thing, you went for it – and you got it. Most people never go anywhere, or want anything – so they never get anything. – Ray Bradbury

Any carefully planned thing destroys the creativity. You can’t think your way through a story; you have to live it. So, you don’t build a story; you allow it to explode. – Ray Bradbury

Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. – Ray Bradbury

If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die, or act crazy or both-you must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. – Ray Bradbury

A life’s work should be based on love. – Ray Bradbury

I don’t think the robots are taking over. I think the men who play with toys have taken over. And if we don’t take the toys out of their hands, we’re fools. – Ray Bradbury

If you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer. It means you are so busy keeping one eye on the commercial market, or one ear peeled for the avant-garde coterie, that you are not being yourself. You don’t even know yourself. For the first thing a writer should be is– excited. He should be a thing of fevers and enthusiasms. – Ray Bradbury

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. – Ray Bradbury

A story should be like a river, flowing and never stopping, your readers passengers on a boat, whirling downstream through constantly refreshing and changing scemery. – Ray Bradbury

And he remembered thinking then that if she died, he was certain he wouldn’t cry. For it would be the dying face of an unknown, a street face, a newspaper image, and it was suddenly so very wrong that he had begun to cry, not at death but at the thought of not crying at death, a silly empty man near a silly empty woman. – Ray Bradbury

Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness. – Ray Bradbury

You can make yourself happy or miserable – it’s the same amount of effort. – Ray Bradbury

A book is a loaded gun. – Ray Bradbury

Get rid of those friends of yours who make fun of you and don’t believe in you. And when you leave here tonight, go home, make a phone call and fire them. Anyone that doesn’t believe in you and your future, to hell with them. – Ray Bradbury

Write a thousand words a day and in three years you’ll be a writer! – Ray Bradbury

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

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance. – Ray Bradbury

An athlete may run ten thousand miles in order to prepare for one hundred yards. Quantity gives experience. – Ray Bradbury

You don’t question Providence. If you can’t have the reality, a dream is just as good. – Ray Bradbury

So few want to be rebels anymore. And out of those few, most, like myself, scare easily. – Ray Bradbury

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. – Ray Bradbury

You can’t learn to write in college. It’s a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do-and they don’t. They have prejudices. They may like Henry James, but what if you don’t want to write like Henry James? They may like John Irving, for instance, who’s the bore of all time. A lot of the people whose work they’ve taught in the schools for the last thirty years, I can’t understand why people read them and why they are taught. – Ray Bradbury

Sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. – Ray Bradbury

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers. – Ray Bradbury

Treasure this day and Treasure yourself, truly, neither will ever happen again. – Ray Bradbury

Life shoould be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at other move forward with it. – Ray Bradbury

You’re not like the others. I’ve seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon. – Ray Bradbury

I did what most writers do at their beginnings: emulated my elders, imitated my peers, thus turning away from any possibility of discovering truths beneath my skin and behind my eye. – Ray Bradbury

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. – Ray Bradbury

We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. – Ray Bradbury

I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years. – Ray Bradbury

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 there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. – Ray Bradbury

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. … I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories – science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world. – Ray Bradbury

It’s not going to do any good to land on Mars if we’re stupid. – Ray Bradbury

If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it. – Ray Bradbury

If you write a hundred short stories and they’re all bad, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. You fail only if you stop writing. – Ray Bradbury

You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down. – Ray Bradbury

If you know how to read, you have a complete education about life, then you know how to vote within a democracy. But if you don’t know how to read, you don’t know how to decide. That’s the great thing about our country – we’re a democracy of readers, and we should keep it that way. – Ray Bradbury

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

It takes writing a billion bad words before you get to the good ones. – Ray Bradbury

Gardening is the handiest excuse for being a philosopher. Nobody guesses, nobody accuses, nobody knows, but there you are, Plato in the peonies, Socrates force-growing his own hemlock. A man toting a sack of blood manure across his lawn is kin to Atlas letting the world spin easy on his shoulder. – Ray Bradbury

Action is hope. There is no hope without action. – Ray Bradbury

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

Looking back over a lifetime, you see that love was the answer to everything. – Ray Bradbury

We are anthill men upon an anthill world. – Ray Bradbury

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. – Ray Bradbury

Don’t worry about things. Don’t push. Just do your work and you’ll survive. The important thing is to have a ball, to be joyful, to be loving and to be explosive. Out of that comes everything and you grow. – Ray Bradbury

I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me. – Ray Bradbury

When I graduated from high school I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library 3 days a week for 10 years. – Ray Bradbury

I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can’t really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, ‘If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we’ll talk.’ All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don’t want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket. – Ray Bradbury

You can’t try to do things; you simply must do them. – Ray Bradbury

Work is the only answer. I have three rules to live by. One, get your work done. If that doesn’t work, shut up and drink your gin. And when all else fails, run like hell! – Ray Bradbury

I mean, you don’t just love people, you must LOVE them with exclamation points. – Ray Bradbury

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. – Ray Bradbury

I do a first draft as passionately and as quickly as I can. I believe a story is valid only when it’s immediate and passionate, when it dances out of your subconscious. If you interfere in any way, you destroy it. – Ray Bradbury

I have two rules in life – to hell with it, whatever it is, and get your work done. – Ray Bradbury

That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you. – Ray Bradbury

That’s life for you, said MacDunn. Someone always waiting for someone who never comes home. Always someone loving some thing more than that thing loves them. And after a while you want to destroy whatever that thing is, so it can’t hurt you no more. – Ray Bradbury

I went to bed and woke in the middle of the night thinking I heard someone cry, thinking I myself was weeping, and I felt my face and it was dry. Then I looked at the window and thought: Why, yes, it’s just the rain, the rain, always the rain, and turned over, sadder still, and fumbled about for my dripping sleep and tried to slip it back on. – Ray Bradbury

The local TV news is the greatest danger in your life. It’s all crap. – Ray Bradbury

I sometimes get up at night when I can’t sleep and walk down into my library and open one of my books and read a paragraph and say, ‘My God, did I write that? – Ray Bradbury

So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all. – Ray Bradbury

Ideas excite me, and as soon as I get excited, the adrenaline gets going and the next thing I know I’m borrowing energy from the ideas themselves. – Ray Bradbury

May you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world. – Ray Bradbury

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

Remember, with writing, what you’re looking for is just one person to come up and tell you, ‘I love you for what you do.’ – Ray Bradbury

All of my writing is God-given. – Ray Bradbury

Teachers are to inspire; librarians are to fulfill. – Ray Bradbury

Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down. – Ray Bradbury

We’re all fools, said Clemens, all the time. It’s just we’re a different kind each day. We think, I’m not a fool today. I’ve learned my lesson. I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly. – Ray Bradbury

The minute you get a religion you stop thinking. Believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas. – Ray Bradbury

It was a pleasure to burn. – Ray Bradbury

Disbelief is catching. It rubs off on people. – Ray Bradbury

Sometimes I think I understand everything. Then I regain consciousness – Ray Bradbury

That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain. – Ray Bradbury

Do you ever wonder if–well, if there are people living on the third planet?’ ‘The third planet is incapable of supporting life,’ stated the husband patiently. ‘Our scientists have said there’s far too much oxygen in their atmosphere. – Ray Bradbury

And suddenly everything, absolutely everything, was there. – Ray Bradbury

See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream. – Ray Bradbury

Every story I’ve written was written because I had to write it. Writing stories is like breathing for me; it is my life. – Ray Bradbury

I’ve never been in charge of my stories, they’ve always been in charge of me. As each new one has called to me, ordering me to give it voice and form and life, I’ve followed the advice I’ve shared with other writers over the years: jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down. – Ray Bradbury

There’s no use going to school unless your final destination is the library. – Ray Bradbury

To feed your Muse, then, you should always have been hungry about life since you were a child. If not, it is a little late to start. – Ray Bradbury

People who take books on sex to bed become frigid. You get self-conscious. You can’t think a story. You can’t think, I shall do a story to improve mankind. Well, it’s nonsense. All the great stories, all the really worthwhile plays, are emotional experiences. If you have to ask yourself whether or not you love a girl or you love a boy, forget it. You don’t. A story is the same way. You either feel a story and need to write it, or you better not write it. – Ray Bradbury

Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures. – Ray Bradbury

The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are. – Ray Bradbury

You don’t pay any attention to anything anyone else says, no opinions. The important thing is to explode with a story, to emotionalize a story, not to think it. You start thinking – the story’s going to die on its feet. – Ray Bradbury

If you stuff yourself full of poems, essays, plays, stories, novels, films, comic strips, magazines, music, you automatically explode every morning like Old Faithful. I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed to trap them before they escape. – Ray Bradbury

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

Heaven is a house with porch lights. – Ray Bradbury

I’m seventeen and I’m crazy. My uncle says the two always go together. When people ask your age, he said, always say seventeen and insane. – Ray Bradbury

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. – Ray Bradbury

The human race likes to give itself airs. One good volcano can produce more greenhouse gases in a year than the human race has in its entire history. – Ray Bradbury

Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. – Ray Bradbury

Don’t let people interfere with you. Boot ’em out, turn off the phone, hide away, get it done. If you carry a short story over to the next day you may overnight intellectualize something about it and try to make it too fancy, try to please someone. – Ray Bradbury

I am a librarian. I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library. Before I fell in love with libraries, I was just a six-year-old boy. The library fueled all of my curiosities, from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt. When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week. I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was twenty-seven. I discovered that the library is the real school. – Ray Bradbury

I don’t decide. My secret self decides. I just go with my subconscious. If it wants to do a poem, I do a poem, and if it wants to do a play, I do a play. So I’m not in charge, I’m not in control. – Ray Bradbury

Hold summer in your hand, pour summer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the smallest tingling sip, for children; change the season in your veins by raising glass to lip and tilting summer in. – Ray Bradbury

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

Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row. – Ray Bradbury

I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room. – Ray Bradbury

You have to learn to take rejection not as an indication of personal failing but as a wrong address. – Ray Bradbury

Everything is generated through your own will power. – Ray Bradbury

I laugh until I weep And weep until I smile – Ray Bradbury

Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spent the rest of the day putting the pieces together. – Ray Bradbury

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

We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real? – Ray Bradbury

Life is about trying things to see if they work. – Ray Bradbury

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