Sorry. I lied. That’s not true. Ray Bradbury actually called you “the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.” Lol. Burn!
Ok. Ok. Technically, he called himself that, too. And me. And anyone who ever wanted to be a writer. Or an artist. Man, what a jerk!
Or, you know, a realist about the writing profession with a sense of humor. Whatever.
A Ray Bradbury Quote:
An Insult, Curse, & Benediction for Writers
Isn’t that an amazing quote?
It has nuanced humor, the cynical pessimism of someone who’s worked in writing and knows how hard it can be, and a generosity of spirit for others with the same dream. Plus, it can be broken down into 2 smaller quotes that provide the top advice for anyone who ever wanted to write:
- “You must write every single day of your life.”
- “You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books…”
The blessings are kind of awesome, too. They start out feeling like a curse (Why would you wish that on me?), but then they wrap around to end up as a blessing. Almost another kind of advice, a subtler one that leads you to the right conclusion instead of telling you straight out.
- “I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime.”
- “I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you.”
- “May you live with hysteria, and out of it, make fine stories…”
- “May you be in love every day… and out of that love remake a world.”
When you take them in context with the previous statements, they could practically be re-written as wishing you a long lifetime full of writing and transforming your own experiences into new stories and worlds – a wish written from one “sublime fool” to another, almost like an inside joke said with a warm smile.
Actually… if that’s the fate of a “sublime fool,” I’ll take it. How about you?