'Fahrenheit 451' Quotes

Ray Bradbury's Famous & Controversial Novel

Teen reading Farenheit 451 book.
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Fahrenheit 451 is a novel by Ray Bradbury. The work is one of the most beloved works by Bradbury, but it's also controversial. What would you do if you couldn't read? Here are a few quotes.

  • "There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing."
    - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, Part 1

Note: This quote captures some of the enigmatic nature of our book passion.

It's not always easy to explain—in words—what it is about books that has caused individuals to go to extreme lengths (even to the point of death) to write, protect and share books. That extreme conviction—in spite of every attempt to censor, ban, burn or in other ways challenge the existence of books—is profound and meaningful. It's even dangerous.

  • "I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it'll make sense."
    - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, Part 2

Note: Many writers and prophets in this world have never really been heard (at least not right away). Sometimes, it take time for their ideas to coalesce, grow and evolve into something that others can get behind and champion toward change. Sometimes, we (as a society) do not listen to what they have to say until well after they have died (leaving only their message of words and actions behind them).

  • "What traitors books can be! You think they're backing you up, and they turn on you. Others can use them, too, and there you are, lost in the middle of the moor, in a great welter of nouns and verbs and adjectives."
    - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, Part 2
  • "Its real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences."
    - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, Part 3
  • "The sun burnt every day. It burnt 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 burnt!"
    - Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, Part 3