The Illustrated Man Quotes.

1. "But what is shape? Only a cup for the blazing soul that God provides us all."
- Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

2. "There were fireworks the very first night, things that you should be afraid of perhaps, for they might remind you of other more horrible things, but these were beautiful, rockets that ascended into the ancient soft air of Mexico and shook the stars apart in blue and white fragments."
- Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

3. "In most cases I don’t even know the metaphors lay waiting to be printed off my retina."
- Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

4. "We theorize about what goes on in the brain, but it is mostly undiscovered country. A writer’s work is to coax the stuff out and see how it plays. Surprise, as I have often said, is everything."
- Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

5. "And we lived in a world that was evil. A world that was like a great black ship pulling away from the shore of sanity and civilization, roaring its black horn in the night, taking two billion people with it, whether they wanted to go or not, to death, to fall over the edge of the earth and the sea into radioactive flame and madness."
- Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

6. "All he really knew was that if he stayed here he would soon be the property of things that buzzed and snorted and hissed, that gave off fumes or stenches. In six months, he would be the owner of a large pink, trained ulcer, a blood pressure of algebraic dimensions, a myopia this side of blindness, and nightmares as deep as oceans and infested with improbable lengths of dream intestines through which he must violently force his way each night."
- Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

7. "There were differences between memories and dreams. He had only dreams of things he had wanted to do, while Lespere had memories of things done and accomplished."
- Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

8. "I was never young. Whoever I was then is dead. I've always figured it that you die each day and each day is a box, you see, all numbered and neat; but never go back and lift the lids, because you've died a couple of thousand times in your life, and that's a lot of corpses, each dead a different way, each with a worse expression. Each of those days is a different you, somebody you don't know or understand or want to understand."
- Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

9. "My tunes and numbers are here. They have filled my years, the years when I refused to die. And in order to do that I wrote, I wrote, I wrote, at noon or 3:00 A.M. So as not to be dead."
- Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

10. "Here you lie in the tremendous web. Others are about you, but they are whole—whole hearts and bodies. But all of you that lives is back there walking the desolate seas in evening winds. This thing here, this cold clay thing, is already dead."
- Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man

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