DIGEST: Ray Bradbury, A Life In Pictures

Ray Bradbury was known and loved as an author of sci-fi novels and short stories, but he was also respected for his unique and perceptive outlook on life.

With strong opinions on science fiction, education, politics and, well, a lot of big issues, Bradbury's soundbites offer a lot to think about.

As his fans remember the author upon hearing the news of his death, we take a look at the best Bradbury quotes.

Have we missed your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • "Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage." From 'The Meadow', originally a radio play for the World Security Workshop; later revised into a short-story for the anthology <em>The Golden Apples of the Sun</em> IMAGE: STEFANO PALTERA/AP/Press Association Images

  • "People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it. Better yet, build it. Predicting the future is much too easy, anyway. You look at the people around you, the street you stand on, the visible air you breathe, and predict more of the same. To hell with more. I want better." From Beyond 1984: The People Machines IMAGE: AP/Press Association Images

  • "Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made up or paid for in factories." From <em>Fahrenheit 451</em>

  • "Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things." IMAGE: STEVE CASTILLO/AP/Press Association Images

  • "I wonder how many men, hiding their youngness, rise as I do, Saturday mornings, filled with the hope that Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam and Daffy Duck will be there waiting as our one true always and forever salvation?" From 'Why Cartoons Are Forever', Los Angeles Times (3 December 1989) IMAGE: Paul Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

  • "If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn." Faber in <em>Fahrenheit 451</em>

  • "Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future." IMAGE: All Action/EMPICS Entertainment

  • "There is no future for e-books, because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel." From BookExpo America, Los Angeles (May 2008). IMAGE: DOUG PIZAC/AP/Press Association Images

  • "My job is to help you fall in love." Speech at Brown University, 1995 IMAGE: MARK LENNIHAN/AP/Press Association Images

  • "Science-fiction is the law-abiding citizen of imaginative literature, obeying the rules, be they physical, social, or psychological, keeping regular hours, eating punctual meals; predictable, certain, sure." From the Introduction to <em>The Circus of Dr. Lao</em>

  • "We are anthill men upon an anthill world." IMAGE: LENNOX MCLENDON/AP/Press Association Images