55 William Golding Quotes from Author of Lord of the Flies

William Golding was a versatile man who worked as a teacher, lecturer, actor, sailor and musician.

He was a scientist who fell in love with English literature at Oxford.

He wrote poetry and later served in the Royal Navy during WWII participating in significant battles.

Golding’s most famous work is “Lord of the Flies” published in 1954.

William Golding Quotes

He wrote many books won the Booker Prize in 1980 and enjoyed music and sailing before passing away in 1993.

I have listed below some of the top quotes by William Golding.

Best William Golding Quotes


The greatest ideas are the simplest. ~ William Golding.


Heaven lies around us in our infancy. ~ William Golding.


I listened to novelists by the dozen. ~ William Golding.


It’s simpler to believe in a miracle. ~ William Golding.


At the moment of vision, the eyes see nothing. ~ William Golding.


The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. ~ William Golding.


I could perceive my nothingness in this scheme. ~ William Golding.


Every novel is a biography. ~ William Golding.


We don’t know much about our current selves, do we? ~ William Golding.


People don’t help much. ~ William Golding.

Insightful William Golding Quotes

We are the children of that great blue white jewel. ~ William Golding.

Language fits over experience like a straight jacket. ~ William Golding.

Sleep is where we touch what is better left unexamined. ~ William Golding.

I do think that art that doesn’t communicate is useless. ~ William Golding.

What a man does defiles him, not what is done by others. ~ William Golding.

As long as you go on telling him a story, he will listen. ~ William Golding.

Writers tend to see things from their own points of view. ~ William Golding.

The thing is – fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream. ~ William Golding.

I am not a theologian or a philosopher. I am a storyteller. ~ William Golding.

Famous William Golding Quotes


The love affair of my life has been with the Greek language. ~ William Golding.

Who would sharpen a point against the darkness of the world? ~ William Golding.

Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. ~ William Golding.

In the blazing poetry of the fact, we are children of the stars. ~ William Golding.

Life’s scientific, but we don’t know, do we? Not certainly, I mean. ~ William Golding.

He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience. ~ William Golding.

I believe man suffers from an appalling ignorance of his own nature. ~ William Golding.

Art is partly communication, but only partly. The rest is discovery. ~ William Golding.

I am by nature an optimist and by intellectual conviction a pessimist. ~ William Golding.

There’s a story and there’s a listener, whose attention you have to keep. ~ William Golding.

Meaningful William Golding Quotes

Nothing is so impenetrable as laughter in a language you don’t understand. ~ William Golding.

I produce my own view in the belief that it may be something like the truth. ~ William Golding.

I’ve always been puzzled… between the imaginative world and the real world. ~ William Golding.

When I am off, there are so many things I like doing, it doesn’t really matter. ~ William Golding.

I write my novels about ideas which concern me deeply and I think are important. ~ William Golding.

There aren’t any grownups. We shall have to look after ourselves. ~ William Golding, (Lord Of The Flies).

If you accept life dully, you can go through it moving not among things but among words. ~ William Golding.

We have a disharmony in our natures. We cannot live together without injuring each other. ~ William Golding.

If faces were different when lit from above or below – what was a face? What was anything? ~ William Golding.

The Best Of Sir William Golding Quotes

As far as the novel is concerned in my own country, I think it’s in a pretty healthy state. ~ William Golding.

I suppose drama can either take the place of a novel or can be very closely allied with it. ~ William Golding.

I mean, if we’re concerned genuinely with writing, I think we probably get on with our work. ~ William Golding.

Through our mother, we are part of the solar system and part through that of the whole universe. ~ William Golding.

I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men; they are far superior and always have been. ~ William Golding.

I began to write when I was seven, and I have been writing off and on ever since. It is still off and on. ~ William Golding.

I think English writers tend to face outwards, away from each other, and write in their own patch, as it were. ~ William Golding.

Powerful William Golding Quotes

I’m against the picture of the artist as a starry-eyed visionary not really in control or knowing what he does. ~ William Golding.

This is our island. It’s a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we’ll have fun. ~ William Golding, ‘Lord Of The Flies’.

One tries to tell a truth, and one hopes that the truth has a general application rather than just a specific one. ~ William Golding.

As a time when play was good and life so full, that hope was not necessary and therefore forgotten. ~ William Golding, ‘Lord Of The Flies’.

When I know I have a book which I am going to write, then I write two thousand words a day. That’s so many pages longhand. ~ William Golding.

We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English, and the English are best at everything. ~ William Golding.

Even if you got rid of paper, you would still have storytellers. In fact, you had the storytellers before you had the paper. ~ William Golding.

Words may, through the devotion, the skill, the passion and the luck of writers, prove to be the most powerful thing in the world. ~ William Golding.

We know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. ~ William Golding.

Anyone who moved through those years without understanding that man produces evil as a bee produces honey, must have been blind or wrong in the head. ~ William Golding.

So these were the 55 top quotes by Sir William Golding.

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