Explore the best Fahrenheit 451 quotes with page numbers about censorship, books, society, technology, government control, and ignorance.
Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by American author Ray Bradbury.
The novel follows Guy Montag, a fireman who begins to question his role in the censorship of knowledge and embarks on a mission of saving literary works.
First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 has had numerous adaptations, including films, stage plays, and video games.
“Why is it,” he said, one time, at the subway entrance, “I feel I’ve known you so many years?”
“Because I like you,” she said, “and I don’t want anything from you.”(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part I, Page 26
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at least one which makes the heart run over.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part II, Page 67
That’s the good part of dying; when you’ve nothing to lose, you run any risk you want.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part II, Page 81
You’re afraid of making mistakes. Don’t be. Mistakes can be profited by. (Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part II, Page 100
That’s the wonderful thing about man; he never gets so discouraged or disgusted that he gives up doing it all over again, because he knows very well it is important and worth the doing.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part III, Page 146
Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part III, Page 149
It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part III, Page 150
Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead it ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than made or paid for in factories.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part III, Page 150
Digression is the soul of wit. Take the philosophic asides away from Dante, Milton or Hamlet’s father’s ghost and what stays is dry bones.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part III, Page 211
There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part I, Page 48
A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind. Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part I, Page 56
Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them, at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part II, Page 79
The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part II, Page 79
When we had all the books we needed, we still insisted on finding the highest cliff to jump off. But we do need a breather. We do need knowledge. And perhaps in a thousand years we might pick smaller cliffs to jump off. The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part II, Page 82
The things you’re looking for are in the world, but the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book. Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part II, Page 82
What traitors books can be! You think they’re backing you up, and they turn on you. Others can use them, too, and there you are, lost in the middle of the moor, in a great welter of nouns and verbs and adjectives.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part II, Page 104
There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part III, Page 209
We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part I, Page 49
With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word ‘intellectual,’ of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part I, Page 55
If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part I, Page 58
Oh, God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it’s up to you now to know with which ear you’ll listen.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part II, Page 104
If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you, and you’ll never learn.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part II, Page 100
You can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.(Simon & Schuster, ed. 2013), Part III, Page 146