I have finally read and finished the fantastic Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which has turned out to be one of the most outstanding reads I have read this year.
Following is a couple of quotes from this momentous piece of literature, for those who have read it to remember its brilliance; for those who will never read it to see what they’re missing; and for those who are yet to read it to give them a piece of what look forward to.
“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.”
“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. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You’d find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more ‘literary’ you are. That’s my definition, anyway. Telling detail. Fresh detail. The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leaves her for the files.”
“I hate a Roman named Status Quo!’ he said to me. ‘Stuff your eyes with wonder,’ he said, ‘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. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day sleeping its life away, To hell with that,’ he said, ‘shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.”
“If you hid your ignorance no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”
“Let’s not quibble over individuals with memorials. Forget them. Burn them all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean.”
“Only is the third necessary thing could be given us. Number one, as I said, quality of information. Number two: leisure to digest it. And number three: the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two.”
“A little learning is a dangerous thing. Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring; There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.’ Pope.”