Selected Excerpts and Quotations from "Fahrenheit 451"

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~"That's not social to me at all.  It's a lot of funnels and a lot of water poured down the spout and out the bottom, and them telling us it's wine when it's not."  - Clarisse McClellan

~"Didn't firemen 'prevent' fires rather than stoke them up and get them going?"  - Clarisse McClellan

~"And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each of the books.  A man had to think them up.  A man had to take a long time to put them down on paper.  And I'd never thought that thought before.  It took some man a lifetime may be to put some of his thoughts down, looking around at the world and life and then I came along in two minutes and boom! it's all over."  - Guy Montag

~" 'I hate a Roman named Status Quo,' he said to me.  'Stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said, ' live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds.  See the world.  It's more fantastic than any dream amde or paid for in factories.  Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal.  And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day everyday, sleeping its life away.  To hell with that,' he said, 'shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.' "  - the grandfather of Granger

~"The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are."  - Faber

~"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 heading for shore."  - Faber

~"Those who don't build must burn.  It's as old as history and juvenile delinquints."  - Faber

~"If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn."  - Faber

~"Who are little wise, the best fools be."  - Captain Beatty

~"But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom, the solid unmoving tyranny of the majority.  Oh, God, the terrible tyranny of the majority."  - Faber

~"At least you were a fool about the right things."  - Faber

~"We all made the 'right' kind of mistakes or we wouldn't be here."  - Granger

~" 'But 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' doing."  - Granger

~"Everyone must leave something behind when he dies.  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 in some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you've planted, you're there.  It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you changed 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 the touching, he said.  The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.' "  - Granger

Author's Notes/Comments: 

"Fahrenheit 451," written by Ray Bradbury.  Just thought to reread it again.

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I hated reading this book honestly... - Kevin