27 Fahrenheit 451 Quotes About Censorship Will Make You Uncomfortable

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Picture a world without a single book.

Best Fahrenheit 451 Quotes

Fahrenheit 451 is a popular dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury. This cryptic story paints a future in America in which books are outlawed. In fact, any books that are found are tragically burned by "firemen".

If you've had the chance to read the book, you've probably never taken your freedom for granted since. We sometimes don't realize how lucky we are!

Although we can hardly imagine a society without books, Fahrenheit 451 quotes bring us pretty close. The idea of government censorship is enough to frighten anyone. Don't be surprised when these eerie quotes from the novel make your skin crawl!

Captivating Fahrenheit 451 Quotes

  • "Do you understand now why books are hated and feared? Because they reveal the pores on the face of life. The comfortable people want only the faces of the full moon, wax, faces without pores, hairless, expressionless."

  • "Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories."

  • "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."

  • "Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge."

  • "There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing."

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

  • "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."

  • "When they give you lined paper, write the other way."

  • "See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask for no guarantees, ask for no security."

Memorable Fahrenheit 451 Quotes

  • "The sun burnt every day. It burnt time."

  • "We're going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year. And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembering. That's where we'll win out in the long run."

  • "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."

  • "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."

  • "But 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."

  • "It was a pleasure to burn."

  • "A book is a loaded gun in the house next door...Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?"

  • "Oh God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it's up to you to know with which ear you'll listen."

  • "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."

Our Favorite Quotes From Fahrenheit 451

  • "I'll hold on to the world tight some day. I've got one finger on it now; that's a beginning."

  • "I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough it'll make sense."

  • "Putting out the stars and extinguishing the sun."

  • "The average TV commercial of sixty seconds has one hundred and twenty half-second clips in it, or one-third of a second. We bombard people with sensation. That substitutes for thinking."

  • "The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are."

  • "I ate them like salad, books were my sandwich for lunch, my tiffin and dinner and midnight munch. I tore out the pages, ate them with salt, doused them with relish, gnawed on the bindings, turned the chapters with my tongue!"

  • "How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?"

  • "These are all novels, all about people that never existed, the people that read them it makes them unhappy with their own lives. Makes them want to live in other ways they can never really be."

  • "Those who don't build must burn."

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