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Quotations From Chairman Ray

A very thin Galaxy

NGC 4452: An Extremely Thin Galaxy
Credit: ESA, Hubble, NASA

In Transition

I just heard the news today. Ray Bradbury died last night, June 5, 2012. He had spent over 91 years on the planet and who knows where his soul will end up. Here is a hint that the science fiction writer might be making a long journey. Nonetheless, no matter what your belief is of the afterlife, here are some quotes from Ray Bradbury, when he was alive, including his short and lively preface to his advice to writers, which bore the title, Zen In The Art In Writing.

The Preface:


“It is a great age to live in and, if need be, to die in and for. Any magician worth his salt would tell you the same.”

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

“That is the kind of life I’ve had. Drunk and in charge of a bicycle, as an Irish police report once put it. Drunk with life that is and not knowing where off to next. But you’re on your way before dawn. And the trip? Exactly one half terror, exactly one half exhilaration.”

“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.”

“There is no future for e-books, because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel.”

“I have three rules to live by. One, get your work done. If that doesn’t work, shut up and drink your gin. And when all else fails, run like hell!”

“Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures. Sometimes it is a little hard to tell the trash from the treasures…”

So there you go with just a few of Ray’s gems. I’m sure if you conduct your own search, you will find many more.

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