Thursday, June 7, 2012

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

 Ray Bradbury

I learned yesterday that a favorite author
Ray Bradbury had died. Ray wrote beautifully
and for me often captured the wonder and terror
of everyday life. Last night I watched The Beast 
from 20,000 Fathoms a film loosely based on 
Bradbury's story the Foghorn with the monster
created by his friend Ray Harryhausen. Since
I am travelling I would like to offer some quotes
from the internet with photos from my earlier blogs.

All the quotes below come from Bradbury or
his works

"The sun burnt everyday. It burnt Time. 
The world rushed in a circle and turned on its axis 
and time was busy burning the years and the 
people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt 
things with the firemen and the sun burnt time, 
that meant that everything burnt."   

Fahrenheit 451

"Yet this train's whistle! The wails of a 
lifetime were gathered in it from other 
nights in other slumbering years; 
the howl of moon-dreamed dogs, 
the seep of river-cold winds through 
January porch..."

Something Wicked This Way Comes

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if 
they don't they should, for their feet are 
dusted with spices from a million flowers.”

Dandelion Wine

“Way out in the country tonight he could smell 
the pumpkins ripening toward the knife and the
 triangle eye and the singeing candle.” 

Dandelion Wine

“Why the Egyptian, Arabic, Abyssinian, Choctaw? 
Well, what tongue does the wind talk? 
What nationality is a storm? What country do rains 
come from? What color is lightning? Where does 
thunder go when it dies?” 

Something Wicked This Way Comes

"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 

Thanks Ray


Gary said...

What a great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Kathie Brown said...

Guy, I know of Bradbury and have read Fahrenheit and a few of his short stories but nothing else. Now you have me intrigued. I am amazed at the poetry in his soul. This is a wonderful post and a fine tribute to an outstanding author! He will be missed!

BTW, I saw him for the first time on the evening news last night. Because I know him from my childhood I didn't even know he was still alive! What an interesting man he seems to be!

Anonymous said...

This is a nice post, Guy, Lots of bloggers commented on his passing. I hope he noticed.

I love that shot of the window.

Guy said...

Hi Gary

Thanks for your comments I am glad you enjoyed it.


Guy said...

Hi Katie

Yes we have discussed Ray before and I read one of his stories that you mentioned. I do think his writing often borders on poetry I am glad you enjoyed my tribute to him, he did often seem a man who outlived his time and I used to think maybe his magic sustained him. I will have to read some more of his stories when I get home.

All the best.

Guy said...

Hi Sandy

Thanks from what I read Ray had doubts about the internet. But I am not surprised to hear that may people are commenting I think he was a really popular author and that his stories and the images they contained really influenced a lot of people.

Thanks for you comments.
All the best.