Wednesday, June 6, 2012

to Mr. Bradbury, who left something behind

“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.

It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 

This quote is so fitting for this extraordinary author. It's stuck with me since reading Fahrenheit 451, as well as many others.  Ray Bradbury, Master of Science Fiction, Dies at 91


  1. Tante MargueriteJune 7, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Was eine Bezeugung auf Ray Bradbury. Du bist meine Lehrerin!!!!! Vielen Dank!!!

  2. Great words...also from Bradbury: "do what you love and love what you do".