On this day in 1920, writer Ray Bradbury was born in the Prairie state that is Illinois. He quickly became a remarkable figure in the sci-fi world with novels such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. Seeing as he’s a Pulitzer Prize winner, it’s clearly no surprise that Bradbury is a master with words. So for his birthday, we’ve gathered 10 of his best quotes that capture just how artsy life can be.
“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, 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, Fahrenheit 451
“You must write every single day of your life… You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads… may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.” ― Ray Bradbury
“Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451