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  • Have you ever watched the jet cars race on the boulevard?...I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly...If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! He'd say, that's grass! A pink blur! That's a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much?
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but why.... Luckily, queer ones like her don't happen often.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • There must me something in books, things we can't imagine.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • You're peculiar, you're aggravating, yet you're easy to forgive. You say you're seventeen?..How odd. How strange. And my wife thirty and yet you seem so much older at times. I can't get over it.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")


  • He lay far across the room from her, on a winter island separated by an empty sea. She talked to him for what seemed a long while and she talked about this and she talked about that and it was only words, like the words he had heard once in a nursery at a friend's house, a two-year-old child building word patters, like jargon, making pretty sounds in the air.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • It didn't come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • So few want to be rebels anymore. And out of those few, most, like myself, scare easily.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • These are all novels, all about people that never existed, the people that read them it makes them unhappy with their own lives. Makes them want to live in other ways they can never really be.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • He says I'm a regular onion! I keep him busy peeling away the layers.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • It doesn't matter what you do...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.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • So it was the hand that started it all . . . His hands had been infected, and soon it would be his arms . . . His hands were ravenous.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • They read the long afternoon through, while the cold November rain fell from the sky upon the quiet house.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details of the land. He was not empty. There was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")

  • Last night I thought about all the kerosene I've used in the past ten years. And I thought about books. And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books. A man had to think them up. A man had to take a long time to put them down on paper. And I'd never even thought that thought before...It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thoughts down, looking around at the world and life, and then I come along in two minutes and boom! it's all over.
    (Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451")


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