Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Ray Bradbury

Hello friends! Welcome to Writer’s Quote Wednesday, a weekly blogging event hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading. Every Wednesday bloggers share their favorite quotes that inspire and motivate them in the hopes of helping others. If you are in need of either on to help you get the rest of the way through the week I encourage you to check it out!

My contribution is from one of the best American science fiction novelist, Ray Bradbury.

Raymond Douglas “Ray” Bradbury was born August 22, 1920 Waukegan, Illinois. His mother was a Swedish immigrant,his father, a power and telephone lineman. Fun fact: He was descended from Mary Bradbury, who was tried at one of the Salem witch trials in 1692.

Bradbury was an avid reader and writer as a child. He began writing his own stories at the age of seven. This was during the time of the Great Depression so sometimes Bradbury had to write on butcher paper.

He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938 and although his formal education ended there, he became a “student of life”. He sold newspapers on L.A. street corners, spent his nights in the public library, and his days at the typewriter. He became a full-time writer in 1943.

He is best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953, and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles, published in 1950. In all, Bradbury has published more than thirty books, close to 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays. His short stories have appeared in more than 1,000 school curriculum “recommended reading” anthologies. He was one of the most celebrated American writers and his reputation is that of courage and vision.

Bradbury died in Los Angeles, California, on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91, after a lengthy illness.

“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”

― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

Long time readers of this blog already know I am a big fan of all the dystopian genre and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is among my favorites. If you haven’t read it I recommend you do so, it is a great piece of work. The book this particular quote is from, Zen in the Art of Writing, has been sitting in my “to-read” list for a very long time. Apparently it is not only a how-to on writing but also “a celebration of the act of writing itself”.

I keep this quote in in my “file of inspiration” and I read it whenever I feel a embarrassed about something I am interested in. I read it whenever someone calls me a nerd, or makes me feel badly about a passion I am pursuing. I imagine all my little dorky interests as these tiny toy dinosaurs. Whenever someone is being a jerk I imagine I collect them all up and go home to enjoy my interests in private. Or maybe I find a new friend who is open to the same games.

Those who share, support, or encourage my pursuits are allowed to play with me. Those who belittle and insult them are no longer allowed to be my friend. It’s as simple as that. I take pleasure in knowing they are missing out on a bit of fun I could have shown them. Their loss.

I will not let others change or deter me from the things I enjoy dammit!

Original image vis Stephanie Sicore

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

7 thoughts on “Writer’s Quote Wednesday // Ray Bradbury”

    1. Exactly! We should live our lives the way we want without worrying what others will think. It’s easier said than done but with practice and awareness you can surround yourself with supportive and caring people instead of jerks.

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  1. Now this is just the best quote ever! I love Ray Bradbury and this quote really gives us a great glimpse into his personality and writing style. He is still the best sci-fi author out there! Thanks, Lisa. BTW, we are in Colorado Springs! We made it. I can’t wait to be a Coloradan! Woo HOO! :D

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    1. Yay! I’m glad you made to this beautiful state. Fall is in full swing and the scenery is lovely.

      I love Bradbury but I really need to read more of his work, after I read his how-to on writing that is.

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