Quote For The Weekend (Ray Edition)

Thank you, RB.

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

You’ve probably come across this particular quote as it makes the rounds on Facebook. What I love are comments from people saying they’re finally going to read Farenheit 451 or other novels they missed reading in high school or college. When I was 10 or so I read The Illustrated Man and was especially affected by The Veldt, which exudes a sort of matter-of-fact creepiness that has haunted me for decades. He was prescient, to say the least. His books are staples in our home library, of course. Man, those creepy kids——

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5 Responses to Quote For The Weekend (Ray Edition)

  1. sonofwalt says:

    Great quote, and claire’s also! And yes, books I need to make sure my own creepy boys read.

  2. I came across this quote from him today and posted it next to a review of a short story hardback ‘The Smile’ I picked up in the library yesterday. To be honest I was not at all familiar with him or his work, but I read the Book pages online and after reading a few obituaries and touching tributes, I was on the lookout for his work. The library had set up a display and the book I took was the only one in English. Here is the quote:
    “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

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