Fahrenheit 451 is a 1953 dystopian novel by famous American writer Ray Bradbury.
The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found.
The protagonist, Guy Montag, starts to question the society he lives in and soon rebels against it.
He meets a woman named Clarisse who helps him learn more about the world.
The novel has been widely praised for its themes and predictions about the future of technology and its effects on society.
It has been banned in several countries due to its portrayal of a totalitarian government.
I have curated some of the best ‘Fahrenheit 451’ quotes, sayings and captions for you to read and share with others.
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Fahrenheit 451 Quotes
I don’t talk things, sir. I talk the meaning of things. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
It was a pleasure to burn. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
It’s as old as history and juvenile delinquents. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Or almost perpetual motion. If you let it go on, it’d burn our lifetimes out. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
‘What is there about fire that’s so lovely? No matter what age we are, what draws us to it?’ Beatty blew out the flame and lit it again. ‘It’s perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did.’ ~ Fahrenheit 451.
To everything there is a season. Yes. A time to break down, and a time to build up. Yes. A time to keep silence and a time to speak. Yes, all that. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, 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. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
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. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
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. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
‘Why is it,’ he said, one time, at the subway entrance, ‘I feel I’ve known you so many years?’ ‘Because I like you,’ she said, ‘and I don’t want anything from you.’ ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Best Fahrenheit 451 Quotes
Come on now, we’re going to go build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
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. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
When they give you lined paper, write the other way. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
‘Fahrenheit 451’ postulates a lot of things I didn’t want to have happen. ~ Ray Bradbury
Self-consciousness is the enemy of all creativity. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
They had this machine. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it’ll make sense. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Famous Fahrenheit 451 Quotes
His hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
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! ~ Fahrenheit 451.
I’ve only written one science-fiction book: ‘Fahrenheit 451.’ That book is a book based on real facts and my hatred of people who destroy books. ~ Ray Bradbury.
Those who don’t build must burn. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
‘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?’ ~ Fahrenheit 451.
He was not happy. He was not happy. He said the words to himself. He recognized this as the true state of affairs. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
In 1954, the novel Fahrenheit 451 won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and the Commonwealth Club of California.
We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
I’ll hold onto the world tight some day. I’ve got one finger on it now; that’s a beginning. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Top Fahrenheit 451 Quotes
They had two machines really. One of them slid down into your stomach like a black cobra down an echoing well looking for all the old water and the old-time gathered there. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
‘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 under then. It can’t last.’ ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
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. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
We’ll pass the books on to our children, by word of mouth, and let our children wait, in turn, on the other people. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Popular Fahrenheit 451 Quotes
In the future, books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. Guy Montag is a fireman who starts to question the world he lives in when he meets a girl who introduces him to books. Through reading, Guy realizes how much he has been missing and starts to resist the government's control.
‘Bet I know something else you don’t. There’s dew on the grass in this morning.’ He suddenly couldn’t remember if he had known this or not, and it made him quite irritable. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Forget them. Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
And a lot of it will be wrong, but just enough of it will be right. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
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. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
There was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past, afraid of the present, afraid of themselves and shadows of themselves. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
In Fahrenheit 451, people are not allowed to have books. If they have books, the government burns them.
Thinking little at all about nothing in particular. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
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. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Powerful Fahrenheit 451 Quotes
‘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.’ ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
Books aren’t people. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
You read and I look around, but there isn’t anybody! ~ Fahrenheit 451.
It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
All we want to do is keep the knowledge we think we will need, intact and safe. We’re not out to incite or anger anyone yet. For if we are destroyed, the knowledge is dead, perhaps for good. ~ Fahrenheit 451.
‘And when he died, I suddenly realized I wasn’t crying for him at all, but for all the things he did.’ ~ Fahrenheit 451.
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About Fahrenheit 451 Novel
In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, the government has outlawed books and views any form of knowledge as a threat.
Guy Montag is a fireman who burns any book he comes across. One day, he meets Clarisse McClellan, who helps him to see the world in a different way.
Through her, Montag begins to understand that knowledge is something to be cherished and protected.
He starts to question the government’s policies and eventually decides to rebel against them.
- Author: Ray Bradbury.
- Number of pages in novel: 194 pages
- First published date: October 19, 1953.
- Adaptations: Fahrenheit 451 (1966) · Fahrenheit 451 (2018) · Fahrenheit 451
- Genre: Utopian and Dystopian fiction.
Characters in Fahrenheit 451
- Guy Montag
- Clarisse McClellan
- Mildred Montag
- Mrs. Clara Phelps
- Mrs. Ann Bowles