Thursday, June 7, 2012

Remembering Ray Bradbury

Yesterday, the world lost a beloved author. Today we remember and mourn the great Ray Bradbury. Whether you read his works in high school or college or at your own leisure, his books touched so many.

Mr. Bradbury will be remembered by me for one of my favorite novels, Fahrenheit 451, a science fiction novel in which firefighters don't put out fires, they create fires - to burn books. It's a society in which books are seen as objects of opposition and television is revered. A premise that isn't so off base anymore.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes by Ray Bradbury:

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.” 
― Ray Bradbury

“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” 
― 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 in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or,"I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . ." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.” 
― Ray Bradbury

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