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Fahrenheit 451 Quotes

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“She’s dead. Let’s talk about someone alive, for goodness’ sake.” “She was the first person I can remember who looked straight at me as if I counted.” “It’s only a dog, that’s what! You want me to shoo him away?” “Books aren’t people. You read and I look all around, but there isn’t anybody!” “He might come and burn the house and the ‘family.’ That’s awful! Think of our investment.” “What about Clarisse McClellan, where do we look for her? The morgue! Listen!” “How in the hell did those bombers get up there every single second of our lives!” “Is it because we’re so rich and the rest of the world’s so poor and we just don’t care if they are?” “Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave.”

“They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes!” “I don’t talk things, sir,” “Italk the meaning of things. I sit here and know I’m alive.” “This is some sort of trap! I can’t talk to just anyone on the phone!” “If I pick a substitute and Beatty does know which book I stole, he’ll guess we’ve an entire library here!” “Light the first page, light the second page. Each becomes a black butterfly.” “Milie does” “does your ‘family’ love you, love you very much, love you with all their heart and soul, Millie?” “Shut up, shut up, shut up!”

“Lilies of the field.”
“My wife’s dying. A friend of mine’s already dead.”
“Christ is one of the ‘family’ now.”
“He’s a regular peppermint stick now all sugar-crystal and saccharine when he isn’t making veiled references to certain commercial products that every worshiper absolutely needs.” “Mr. Montag, you are looking at a coward.”

“I’m one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the ‘guilty,’ but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself.” “And I want you to teach me to understand what I read”

“We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren’t happy. Something’s missing.” “So I thought books might help.”
“It’s not books you need, it’s some of the things that once were in books.” “Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget.” 3 things- quality/texture of information, leisure, the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two “The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more ‘literary’ you are.” “They show the pores of in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless.” “Yet somehow we thing we can grow, feeding on flowers and fireworks, without completing the cycle back to reality.” “The televisor is ‘real.’ It is immediate, it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in.” “Books can be beaten down with reason.” (can argue against it) “That’s the good part of drying; when you’ve nothing to lose, you run any risk you want.” “Now if you suggest that we print extra books and arrange to have them hidden in firemen’s houses all over the country, so that seeds of suspicion would be sown among those arsonists, bravo, I’d say!” “The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are.” “They’re Caesar’s praetorian guard, whispering as the parade roars down the avenue, ‘Remember, Caesar, thou art mortal.’” “The older the better; they’ll go unnoticed.”

“You firemen provide a circus now and then at which buildings are set off and crowds gather for the pretty blaze, but it’s a small sideshow indeed, and hardly necessary to keep things in line.” “Go to bed. Why waste you final hours racing about you cage denying you’re a squirrel?” “Who can stop me? I’m a fireman. I can burn you!”

“His voice is like butter. I’m afraid he’ll talk me back the way I was.” “My cowardice is of such a passion, complementing the revolutionary spirit that lives in its shadow, I was forced to design this.” “I’ve waited, trembling, half a lifetime for someone to speak to me.” “I’m the Queen Bee, safe in the hive. You will be the drone, the traveling ear.” “He said, if I get killed off, you just go right ahead and don’t cry,but get married again, and don’t think of me.” “You know I haven’t any! No one in his right mind, the Good Lord knows, would have children!” “It’s like washing clothes; stuff laundry n and slam the lid.” “I think he’s one of the nicest looking men ever became president.” “Scare hell out of them, that’s what, scare the living daylights out!” “Guy’s surprise tonight is to read you one sample to show how mixed up things were, so none of us will every have to bother our little old heads about that junk again, isn’t that right darling?” DOVER BREACH

“I knew it, that’s what I wanted to prove! I knew it would happen! I’ve always said, poetry and tears, poetry and suicide and crying and awful feeling, poetry and sickness; all that mush!” “Why do people want to hurt people? Not enough hurt in the world, you got to tease people with stuff like that!” “Go home and think how it all happened and what did you ever do to stop it?” “Survival is our ticket. Forget the poor silly women….” “But, Montag, you mustn’t go back to being just a fireman. All isn’t well with the world.” “Let’s have your hands in sight, Montag. Not that we don’t trust you, understand, but” “Band, you’re ready to blow up the world, chop off heads, knock down women and children, destroy authority. I know, I’ve been through it all.” “I lay down for a catnap and in this dream you and I, Montag, got into a furious debate on books. You towered with rage, yelled quotes at me.” “And you, quoting Dr. Johnson, said ‘Knowledge is more than equivalent to force!’” “I like your look of panic.”

“What traitor books can be! You think they’re backing you up, and they turn on you.” “But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom, the solid unmoving cattle of the majority.”

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