— Ray Bradbury
Context: The problem in our country isn't with books being banned, but with people no longer reading. Look at the magazines, the newspapers around us – it's all junk, all trash, tidbits of news. The average TV ad has 120 images a minute. Everything just falls off your mind. … You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
As quoted in [http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19930312&slug=1689996 "Bradbury Still Believes in Heat of ‘Fahrenheit 451’"], interview by Misha Berson, in ', credited to "Ray Bradbury, quoted by Misha Berson in Seattle Times", in "Quotable Quotes", The Reader's Digest, Vol. 144, No. 861, January 1994, p. [http://books.google.com/books?output=html&id=ZqqUAAAAIAAJ&q=%22people+to+stop+reading%22#search_anchor 25]), or an indirect reference to the re-quoting in Reader's Digest (such as: The Times Book of Quotations (Philip Howard, ed.), 2000, Times Books and HarperCollins, p. 93
Variant: We're not teaching kids to read and write and think. … There's no reason to burn books if you don't read them.
As quoted in [http://www.raybradbury.com/articles_peoria.html "At 80, Ray Bradbury Still Fighting the Future He Foresaw"], interview by Roger Moore, in The Peoria Journal Star (August 2000)