Monday, October 29, 2007

A Reminder

To sum it all up, if you want to write, if you want to create,
you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.

You must write every single day of your life.

You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books,
and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head,
vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.

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.

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse
that will last a lifetime.

I wish craziness and foolishness and madness
upon you.

May you live with hysteria,
and out of it make fine stories - science fiction or otherwise.

Which finally means, may you be in love every day
for the next 20,000 days.
And out of that love, remake a world.

- Ray Bradbury

10 comments:

Luisa Perkins said...

I ADORE Ray Bradbury. This is an excellent quote. Thanks!

anno said...

I love Ray Bradbury -- a true gentle man -- thanks so much for this quote!

Marianne Arkins said...

That man sure does have a way with words! LOL...

He's spot on.

Betsy said...

I really enjoyed this, thanks!

Goofball said...

sounds like a tough job to be a writer ;)

jennifer said...

Beautiful. Much like being a painter. Thanks.

soccer mom in denial said...

Lovely! Thanks for the reminder.

Leslie said...

My mother always loved Ray Bradbury. I can remember the first time she gave me one of his books of short stories to read. I just love "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

Wonderful quote.

Rebecca said...

just perfect.

Gunfighter said...

Bradbury was the master, was he not?