67+ 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

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

They say you retain knowledge even when you’re sleeping, if someone whispers in your ear

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. Ray Bradbury

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.

If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn. Ray Bradbury

There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing

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

But time to think? If you’re not driving a hundred miles an hour, at a clip where you can’t think of anything else but the danger, then you’re playing some game or sitting in some room where you can’t argue with the four wall televisor. Why? The televisor is ‘real.’ It is immediate, it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in. It must be, right. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions your mind hasn’t time to protest, What nonsense!

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

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?

There’s no one way to be creative. Any old way will work. Ray Bradbury

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

Life is about trying things to see if they work. 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 least one which makes the heart run over

It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. Ray Bradbury

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

Fire the doubters out of your life. Ray Bradbury

It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thoughts down, looking around at the world and life, and then I came along in two minutes and boom! it’s all over

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

We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought

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

No one has time any more for anyone else

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

If you don’t want a house built, hide the nails and wood. If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none

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

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

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

A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon

But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last. Ray Bradbury

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

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

You know what I hate most of all, Will? Not being able to run anymore, like you.

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

He wanted to be near and not near them, he saw them close, he saw them far. Suddenly they were awfully small in too large a room in too big a town and much too huge a world

It’s lack that gives us inspiration. It’s not fullness. Ray Bradbury

Both touched toward fourteen; it almost trembled in their hands. And that was the October week when they grew up overnight, and were never so young any more.

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. Ray Bradbury

Sometimes the man who looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin. There are smiles and smiles; learn to tell the dark variety from the light.

Video games are a waste of time for men with nothing else to do. Real brains don’t do that. Ray Bradbury

Both boys felt a shadow bulk the drive between houses, both flung up their windows, both poked their heads out, both dropped their jaws in surprise at this friendly, this always exquisite timing, this delightful pantomime of intuition, of apprehension, their tandem teamwork over the years.

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. Ray Bradbury

Part of that show looks just great. But the old saying really applies: you can’t get something for nothing

We need not 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

Jim, Will thought, we’re still pals, smell things nobody else smells, hear things no one else hears, got the same blood, run the same way. Now, this first time ever, you’re sneaking out! Ditching me!

Everything is generated through your own will power. Ray Bradbury

Really knowing is good. Not knowing, or refusing to know, is bad, or amoral, at least. You can’t act if you don’t know.

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

There are times when we’re all autumn people

Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don’t have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere. Ray Bradbury

Changing size doesn’t change the brain. If I made you twenty five tomorrow, Jim, your thoughts would still be boy thoughts, and it’d show! Or if they turned me into a boy of ten this instant, my brain would still be fifty and that boy would act funnier and older and weirder than any boy ever

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

They stood entranced with the delicious cold bumps on their necks and the suddenly stiffened small hairs quilled up over their scalps

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

So now Jim was the kite, the wild twine cut, and whatever wisdom was his taking him away from Will who could only run, earthbound, after one so high and dark, silent and suddenly strange.

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

You wouldn’t let me come alone. You’re always going to be around, aren’t you, Will? To protect me?

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

Watching the boys vanish away, Charles Halloway suppressed a sudden urge to run with them, make the pack. 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.

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

And I thought about books. And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books.

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

Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we’re hated so much?

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

We’re going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year. And when they ask us what we’re doing, you can say, We’re remembering. That’s where we’ll win out in the long run.

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. Ray Bradbury

We’ll pass the books on to our children, by word of mouth, and let our children wait, in turn, on the other people. A lot will be lost that way, of course. But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up under them. It can’t last.