“…men do love sin, Will, oh how they love it, never doubt, in all shapes, sizes, colors, and smells. Times come when troughs, not tables, suit our appetites.

“Hear a man too loudly praising others, and look to wonder if he didn’t just get up from the sty. On the other hand, that unhappy, pale, put-upon man walking by, who looks all guilt and sin, why, often that’s your good man with a capital G, Will. For being good is a fearful occupation; men strain at it and sometimes break in two. I’ve known a few. You work twice as hard to be a farmer as to be his hog.

“A man with high standards, too, the least hair falls on him sometimes wilts his spine. He can’t let himself alone, won’t lift himself off the hook if he falls just a breath from grace.”

Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury [buy | borrow]

bradburyRay Bradbury
1921 – 2012

Bradbury died last June at the age of 91. He was known not only for his prolific science fiction and fantasy, but also his defense of the written word and the physical book. He didn’t go to college. He went to the library.

The New York Times obit can be found here