Fahrenheit 451 Salamander Quotes With Page Numbers

In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, the protagonist, Guy Montag, learns that ignorance isn’t bliss, and that knowledge is the key to individual and societal freedom. The image of the salamander, the fireproof creature and emblem of the firemen, stands as a symbol of their immorality. Let’s explore some captivating quotes from this dystopian narrative that highlight these themes.

“It was a pleasure to burn.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 1

“That’s the good part of dying; when you’ve nothing to lose, you run any risk you want.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 11

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 58

“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?” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 82

“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 58

“There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 49

“Why is it,” he said, “that one can bust to the burning hell for an ounce of typewriter ribbon?” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 89

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 82

“He felt his body divide itself […], the two halves grinding one upon the other.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 113

“What is there about fire that’s so lovely? […] It’s perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 115

“Without turning on the light he imagined how this room would look. His wife stretched on the bed, uncovered and cold…” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 13

“Go on,” said the woman, and Montag felt himself back away and hover in the door, his body humming.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 37

“It’s strange. I don’t miss her, it’s strange I don’t feel much of anything.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 44

“I don’t talk things, sir. I talk the meaning of things.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 71

“You’re a hopeless romantic,” said Faber. “It would be funny if it were not serious. It’s not books you need, it’s some of the things that once were in books.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 83

“Body as thin as a praying mantis from dieting, her hair burnt by chemicals to a brittle straw…” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 42

“What a dreadful surprise, for everyone nowadays knows, absolutely is certain, that nothing will ever happen to me…” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 49

“They read the long afternoon through, while the cold November rain fell from the sky upon the quiet house.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 146

“We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 71

“There was always a minority afraid of something, and a great majority afraid of the dark, afraid of the future, afraid of the past…” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 103

“The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 141

“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 around them.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 82

“Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 87

“I remember the newspapers dying like huge moths.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 85

“It’s not books you need, it’s some of the things that once were in books.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, page 82

As you reflect on these powerful quotes from Fahrenheit 451, consider their relevance in our current society. Which of these statements struck you the most? Do you have any other favourite lines from the book that weren’t mentioned here? We invite you to share your thoughts and insights in the comments below. Remember, your perspective can add value to this dialogue and even inspire others.

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