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15 of the Best Quotes from “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

Quote by Ray Bradbury. Used for Mind on Fire Books

I fell in love with the book from the first line: “It was a pleasure to burn.” There aren’t many books that have pulled me in so deeply with just a few words but this was one of them. With those six simple words the author, Ray Bradbury, conveys Montag’s obvious satisfaction with his life as a fireman. The exposition of this novel depicts a dystopian future where the vast majority of citizens live in numb contentment.

I could go on and on about this lovely short novel, but I will save that for another post. Here I would just like to share about 8 of the best quotes from the book that I think every reader should know.

1. “It was a pleasure to burn.”

2. “He was not happy. He was not happy. He said the words to himself. He recognized this as the true state of affairs. He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back.”

3. “We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?” 

4. “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” 

5. “A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon.” 

6. “What is there about fire that’s so lovely? No matter what age we are, what draws us to it?’ Beatty blew out the flame and lit it again. ‘It’s perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did.” 

There are books to remind us what asses and fools we are. Used for Mind on Fire Books

7. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.”

8. “If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”

9. “We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.”

10. “Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore.”

11. “The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”

12. “The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.”

13. “I don’t talk things, sir. I talk the meaning of things.”

14. “See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security.”

A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Used for Mind on Fire Books

And last but not least:

15. “Stuff your eyes with wonder,’ he said, ‘live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic that any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that,’ he said, ‘shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.” 

Also, were you aware that HBO recently adapted a film version of this book? I must admit that I actually enjoyed the film (don’t hate me.) It was rather strange, just as strange as the book was. The film had it’s expected differences from the book, but honestly, I liked how they were able to keep me entertained since I already knew how the book ended. If you ever find yourself chilling at home on a cold evening, throw on that film adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451,” and hopefully it will entertain you as much as it did me.

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🚨🚨BOOKLAUNCH!🚨🚨

Today we launch our first multi-author fiction anthology exploring three disturbing tales about the nature of man and the true nature of what lies inside of him.

The cost is only 2.99, so that’s one dollar a story and all of our writers are indie horror authors. Available on all major platforms.

Mad Men is a collection of three disturbing horror shorts from authors living in the Midwest. The themes explored in this collection range from man versus self, man versus man, and man versus creature.

We start with Matt’s tale, a thought-provoking thriller which causes the reader to question his reality and what he fears within himself. The second tale explores the grotesque juxtaposed with beautiful nature, where the ending unfolds into a horrific dream, waking in even more terrible pain. The third tale is by seasoned horror writer, A.R. Braun – and his diabolical creatures never disappoint!  A.R. Braun’s goal is to be on the banned book list; we think this tale may just be evil enough to be considered. A must read before it does get banned!

Mainstream Horror Shorts don’t always satisfy us in the way they should. They don’t open conversations about what it is that we fear or why we fear such things, they focus mainly on pop culture and gore. The writers in this anthology understand the need for literate horror, opening discussions of man’s psyche. When these writers set out to tell a story, they are less interested in conveying fear and more interested in wonder, the sublime, and the infinite strangeness that drives all man and woman. Highly recommended for tweens, teens, and adults.

Available now at Google Books, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, and Amazon.

A three story horror short anthology by A.R. BraunMatt “Love-it or” Leavitt and Willy Martinez.

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2020 Was My Year

2020 was my year. Despite the pandemic, my wife and I were fortunate enough to be able to continue working. And I was able to continue giving back to the community and growing.

For years I had wanted to learn yoga from an educational viewpoint and not just take classes here and there. I was able to do that virtually this year, thanks to covid. In September, I earned my 200 hour yoga certificate while learning from home.

I was also able to finally put together a boxing class for kids. I had been teaching adults, but I truly wanted to transition to teaching our youth. I was able to work with at least 15 kids this year. I currently run a class with about 9 to 10 kids. Although we weren’t able to travel for competition, I have still been able to train new kids with no prior fight experience and at a much more detailed pace for them to learn proper technique.

I published my non fiction anthology, which my graduate teachers said I would never do. In spite of them, I started my own business and published my work exactly how I wanted to do it. And now I’m working with two other writers to publish their fiction works.

I’m more stable in life, and I have finally let go of my former self and what I was expecting of that person. I can say I’m more mindful, I can appreciate these moments. As a Veteran, I’m not continually angry for no reason, well, at least not every day.

And the best part is, I have even bigger plans for 2021. Life is like riding a bike, you gotta keep moving or it doesnt work. Whether your physically moving or mentally developing, or spiritually growing, keep it moving.

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A Children’s’ Fairy Tale

It’s a lovely illustrated fairy tale about children visiting the Moon fairies. Published in 1909 it has some beautiful illustrations:

New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers, [1909]. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-11 [12-14] 15-296, eight inserted plates with color illustrations by Frank Watkins plus 30 black and white illustrations by Watkins throughout the text, original pictorial blue cloth, front panel stamped in black, white, gray, yellow and gold, spine panel stamped in black, white and gray, all edges stained yellow, pictorial endpapers. First edition, U.S. issue. “Children’s fairy tale fantasy of the adventures of the man in the moon upon earth; an expanded and very much embellished version of the anonymous ‘The Queer Adventure of the Man in the Moon,’ of 1901.” – Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 48. “The pictures are pretty, in the vein, to some extent, of Arthur Rackham … a very handsome volume.” – Locke, Voyages in Space 45. Bleiler (1978), p. 39. Eaton catalogue I, p. 226. A bright, fine copy. A lovely copy of a lovely book. (24270). Item #24270