34 Democracy Quotes from Lord of the Flies That Hit Close to Home

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That moment when you realize you're your own worst enemy.

Touching Lord Of The Flies Quotes

Lord of the Flies quotes remind us how destructive humanity can truly be. Written by William Golding in 1954, this book tells the story of a group of British boys who became stranded on a deserted island. Their ultimate downfall wasn't their desolate environment at all, but themselves.

When you want to reflect on the darker side of the human existence, turn to these deep quotes from the Lord of the Flies. You'll realize just how easy it is for savagery to overcome humanity. You might even get flashbacks to your high school English class, because let's be honest, we all dreaded reading it. However, as we grew older we discovered how scarily relevant Golding's novel is. These moving quotes will hit you right in the feels.

Memorable Quotes From Lord Of The Flies

  • "This is our island. It's a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we'll have fun."

  • "He tried to convey the compulsion to track down and kill that was swallowing him up."

  • "Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us."

  • "They agreed passionately out of the depths of their tormented lives."

  • "As long as there's light we're brave enough."

  • "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."

  • "The greatest ideas are the simplest."

  • "The thing is - fear can't hurt you any more than a dream."

  • "We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?"

  • "We need an assembly, not for cleverness, but for setting things straight."

  • "He knelt among the shadows and felt his isolation bitterly. They were savages it was true; but they were human."

Our Favorite Lord Of The Flies Quotes

  • "'I'm frightened. Of us."

  • "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been."

  • "You're a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!"

  • "What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?"

  • "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."

  • "The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away."

  • "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."

  • "The sun in the west was a drop of burning gold that slid nearer and nearer the sill of the world."

  • "They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling unable to communicate."

  • "'People don't help much."

  • "He lost himself in a maze of thoughts that were rendered vague by his lack of words to express them. Frowning, he tried again."

Relatable Quotes From Lord Of The Flies

  • "Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood."

  • "He became absorbed beyond mere happiness as he felt himself exercising control over living things. He talked to them, urging them, ordering them. Driven back by the tide, his footprints became bays in which they were trapped and gave him the illusion of mastery."

  • "I believe man suffers from an appalling ignorance of his own nature. I produce my own view in the belief that it may be something like the truth."

  • "He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were."

  • "The skull regarded Ralph like one who knows all the answers but won't tell."

  • "The trouble was, if you were a chief you had to think, you had to be wise."

  • "He forgot his wounds, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear."

  • "The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life."

  • "The moral is that the shape of a society must depend on the ethical nature of the individual and not on any political system however apparently logical or respectable."

  • "Daylight might have answered yes; but darkness and the horrors of death said no."

  • "The air was heavy with unspoken knowledge."

  • "Of course we're frightened sometimes but we put up with being frightened."

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