Lord of the Flies is a novel written by British author William Golding, published in 1954 (adapted for film in 1963 and 1990).
The novel focuses on a group of schoolboys stranded on an uninhabited island trying to establish their society. The book explores the dark side of human nature and deals with themes such as individuality, morality, and growing up.
Translated into all the major languages, Lord of the Flies has sold millions of copies worldwide. It was also found its place as one of the 100 best English-language novels by Time Magazine and Modern Library.
I ought to be chief, because I’m chapter chorister and head boy. I can sing C sharp.(said Jack with simple arrogance), Chapter 1. The Sound of the Shell
We ought to have more rules. Where the conch is, that’s a meeting. The same up here as down there.Chapter 2. Fire on the Mountain
We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English; and the English are best at everything.Chapter 2. Fire on the Mountain
“People don’t help much.” He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.Chapter 3. Huts on the Beach
The mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.Chapter 4. Painted Faces and Long Hair
He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life, where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one’s waking life was spent watching one’s feet.Chapter 5. Beast from Water
If faces were different when lit from above or below – what was a face? What was anything?Chapter 5. Beast from Water
The trouble was, if you were a chief you had to think, you had to be wise.Chapter 5. Beast from Water
Of course we’re frightened sometimes but we put up with being frightened.Chapter 5. Beast from Water
We’re strong – we hunt! If there’s a beast, we’ll hunt it down! We’ll close in and beat and beat and beat-!Chapter 5. Beast from Water
If you’re scared of someone you hate him but you can’t stop thinking about him. You kid yourself he’s all right really, an’ then when you see him again; it’s like asthma an’ you can’t breathe.Chapter 5. Beast from Water
Grownups know things. They ain’t afraid of the dark. They’d meet and have tea and discuss. Then things ‘ud be all right-(said Piggy), Chapter 5. Beast from Water
The fire’s the most important thing. Without the fire we can’t be rescued. I’d like to put on war-paint and be a savage. But we must keep the fire burning. The fire’s the most important thing on the island, because, because-Chapter 8. Gift for the Darkness
Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?Chapter 8. Gift for the Darkness
He knelt among the shadows and felt his isolation bitterly. They were savages it was true; but they were human.Chapter 12. Cry of the Hunters
Daylight might have answered yes; but darkness and the horrors of death said no.Chapter 12. Cry of the Hunters
Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.Chapter 12. Cry of the Hunters