Fahrenheit 451 is filled with some striking turns of phrase. From the very first line – “It was a pleasure to burn” – Bradbury’s prose and dialogue alternates between arresting and contemplative.
Do you have a favorite – or perhaps better, a particularly striking – Fahrenheit 451 quote? What about it made you stop and think?
I’ll start: “If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.” (Part II – The Sieve and the Sand) I think the ability to truly challenge ourselves and our ideologies is rare, even in a world in which so much information is available to us immediately. Read the comments section of any newspaper and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone willing to admit they don’t know enough about something to have an opinion. One of the wonderful things about most libraries is that they are often spaces in which different ideas are juxtaposed against each other. You are also faced with the physical manifestation of the fact that there is more knowledge in the world than any one person can have. We stand in libraries and are surrounded by the truth of our own ignorance, but with the resources to ameliorate that, at least a bit.
– Jonathan Kelley, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom