Last Wednesday America lost one of its best writers. Ray Bradbury reached the hearts and minds of many through his writing, and later in his life, through film. While Ray never attended college and considered himself “completely library-educated” there are a few things he said that will still resonate with those trying to find their way in this world. Here a just a few of our favorite Ray Bradbury quotes.
“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.”
“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
“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 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.”
“If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it.”
To me, Ray will always be the man who described summer in all of its wonder perfectly in Dandelion Wine. His words were the first that genuinely painted a picture in my mind and opened my eyes to what I could really find in the pages of a book. He truly made me fall deeper in love with books than I thought possible.
Today we salute those who have jumped off cliffs and are building their wings on the way down and we look back and respect the late Ray Bradbury. In his own words, ““No person ever died that had a family.”