My top 10 Ray Bradbury quotes for writers

“Get rid of those friends of yours who make fun of you and don’t believe in you… Go home and make a phone call and fire them. Anyone who doesn’t believe in you and your future, to hell with them.” ~ From An Evening with Ray Bradbury, February 22, 2001

“In my late years I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I’ve worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior.” ~ From Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon from the Cave, Too Far from the Stars (2006)

“I don’t try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.”

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”

“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.”

“I never consciously place symbolism in my writing. That would be a self-conscious exercise and self-consciousness is defeating to any creative act. Better to get the subconscious to do the work for you, and get out of the way. The best symbolism is always unsuspected and natural. During a lifetime, one saves up information which collects itself around centers in the mind: these automatically become symbols on a subliminal level and need only be summoned in the heat of writing.”

“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?'”

“I’ve often been accused of being too emotional and sentimental, but I believe in honest sentiment, and the need to purge ourselves at certain times, which is ancient. Men would live at least five or six more years and not have ulcers if they could cry better.”

“Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.”

“Don’t talk about it; write.”

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