Wise Reflections from Ray Bradbury

As many probably already know, it was confirmed today that Ray Bradbury passed away last night at the age of 91.

Bradbury was the prolific author of 600 stories and 27 books—including my favorite novel of all time, Martian Chronicles. From pulp magazines to some of the staple literature of our time, Bradbury created wild stories of aliens, space travel, time travel, and other fantastical things, both beautiful and horrific.

Though Christian mores are strewn throughout his work, he hated labels and didn’t affiliate with any one religion, preferring to learn and take from many of them. But he based his rich spirituality on love:

“I am like you and you are like me. I love the world. I love creating … Everything in our life should be based on love.”

His work elevated the genres of sci-fi and fantasy to the level of serious literature, and contributed to it for over 70 years. His latest work, “Summer Morning, Summer Night,” was released in 2010.

Bradbury’s contributions were spring from a remarkable and beautiful mind. In his memory, a few wise quotes from Bradbury himself:

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.

I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.

If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

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