Fahrenheit 451 Part 1: Quotes

It was a pleasure to burn. Speaker: Clarisse McClellanRelated characters: Guy MontagRelated themes: Censorship, Action vs. Inaction
“Are you happy?” Speaker: Clarisse McClellanRelated characters: Guy MontagRelated themes: Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness
“You’re not like the others. I’ve seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that.” Speaker: Clarisse McClellanRelated characters: Guy MontagRelated themes: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction
The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the firehouse. Related themes: Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction
“I’m antisocial, they say. I don’t mix. It’s so strange. I’m very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn’t it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this.” Speaker: Clarisse McClellanRelated characters: Guy MontagRelated themes: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness
The woman on the porch reached out with contempt to them all and struck the kitchen match against the railing. Related themes: Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction
“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!” Speaker: Captain BeattyRelated characters: Guy MontagRelated themes: Mass Media, Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness, Action vs. Inaction
“Bigger the population, the more minorities. Don’t step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent any actual painters, cartographers, mechanics anywhere. The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that!… Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. They did.” Speaker: Captain BeattyRelated characters: Guy MontagRelated themes: Mass Media, Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality
“We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon.” Speaker: Captain BeattyRelated themes: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality
“Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.” Speaker: Captain BeattyRelated themes: Censorship, Action vs. Inaction
“The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we’re the Happiness Boys… you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. We have our fingers in the dike. Hold steady. Don’t let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world.” Speaker: Captain BeattyRelated characters: Guy MontagRelated themes: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness, Action vs. Inaction
“At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch. What do the books say, he wonders. Oh, to scratch that itch, eh?” Speaker: Captain BeattyRelated themes: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness, Action vs. Inaction

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