12 'Fahrenheit 451' Quotes That Will Make You Turn Off the TV

Fahrenheit 451Ray Bradbury, the iconic science fiction writer, sadly passed away earlier this week at 91, but he leaves brilliant books, essays, and plays behind and will always live on through his words. You may not have read any of his stuff, but one of his most famous works, Fahrenheit 451, depicts a dystopian society that burns its books, and it's fantastic.

Bradbury has said the book is less about censorship and more about how TV and mass media affect reading literature -- definitely something a lot of us in 2012 can relate to, I'm sure. The novel is filled with amazing passages and memorable quotes, so we've listed 12 for you to get a feel of Bradbury's style and perhaps inspire you to pick up (or download) a copy for yourself! So turn off the TV and let's get started.


1. "We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal ... A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind."

2. "Speed up the film, Montag, quick ... Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline! ... Whirl man’s mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!"

3. "Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores."

4. "It’s not books you need, it’s some of the things that once were it books ... The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through radios and televisors, but are not."

5. "Those who don’t build must burn. It’s as old as history and juvenile delinquents."

6. "I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly."

7. "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?"

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

9. "I paid for all this -- how? Playing the stock-market, of course, the last refuge in the world for the dangerous intellectual out of a job."

10. " Others die, I go on. There are no consequences and no responsibilities. Except that there are. But let's not talk about them, eh? By the time the consequences catch up with you, it's too late, isn't it?"

11. "The sun burned every day. It burned Time. The world rushed in a circle and turned on its axis and time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen, and the sun burnt Time, that meant that everything burned!"

12. "The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime."

Have you read any Ray Bradbury books? Do you have a favorite Fahrenheit 451 quote?


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