Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury


8/22/1920, Waukegan, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Ray Douglas Bradbury



Also Known As

Ray Douglas Bradbury
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Born in 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois, Ray Bradbury graduated high school in 1938, and then began writing. In order to make some money, he sold newspapers on the street corners of Los Angeles, and became a full-time writer when he was 23. He has written numerous novels, short…more


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

    • Ray: We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.

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

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

    • Ray Bradbury: My stories run up and bite me on the leg-I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.

    • Ray Bradbury: 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.

    • 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: If you don't like what you're doing, then don't do it.

    • 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: 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.

    • Ray Bradbury: I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.

    • Ray Bradbury: First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down.

    • Ray Bradbury: Find out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day.

    • 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: Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You cannot try to do things. You simply must do things.

    • Ray Bradbury: Bill, I don't do Windows.

  • Ray Bradbury really is a grand master!

    Ray Bradbury is a science fiction author, and one of the greats in the field. He has written science fiction for well over 60 years, and his novels are timeless. But his writing isn't just limited to novels; he also does short stories, poems, and has made movies as well.

    The book that he's probably most well known for is Fahrenheit 451, and it is something that anyone would be proud to be known for. It's a fantastic book with a moving message about the world and censorship; ironically, this book was, itself, censored.

    His book of short stories about Mars, The Martian Chronicles, is excellent as well. As are his other books, but if you're looking for a place to start in reading some of Bradbury's books, those would be two good suggestions. If you want something not so heavy on the sci-fi and more in the scary area, try Something Wicked This Way Comes.moreless