Ray Bradbury quotes are precise, stimulating, and full of vitality. They encapsulate the man and his writing. It is hard not to read any of his work and not be inspired. Some of my favorite quotes come his famous book on writing: Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity.
Bradbury is all about passion. For him, writing is living life to its fullest. He glories in the world and the people around him. Ideas are everywhere. They are abundant. Where most writers might consider a journal such as Geriatics, the Official Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, to be dry and dull. Not so, Bradbury. Stories lurk everywhere, even within the dried and dusty pages of a medical journal. Don’t see yourself ever pursuing the pages? Why not dip into poetry? Poets such as Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Carlos Williams have spiked Bradbury’s creativity. Not only stories but their covers and illustrations have moved Bradbury to writing. As Bradbury said:
Life is short, misery sure, mortality certain. But on the way, in your work, why not carry those two inflated pit-bladders labeled Zest and Gusto.”
For me, Ray Bradbury is a favorite writer, a source of inspiration, and a mentor. I could spend a lifetime combing his books for more Ray Bradbury quotes that motivate, inspire, and quicken my creativity. Of course, then I might not get any writing done, but it’s definitely worth my time to read, reflect, and even share those that ignite passion and cause a creative explosion.
I challenge you to grab a copy of Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity and build a habit of reading a line, a paragraph, an essay every day for a month—then get out of the way and see what happens.