Percival was mouse-coloured and had not been very attractive even to his mother.
("Lord of the Flies")
More Quotes from William Golding:Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.
Among the virtues and vices that make up the British character, we have one vice, at least, that Americans ought to view with sympathy. For they appear to be the only people who share it with us. I mean our worship of the antique. I do not refer to beauty or even historical association. I refer to age, to a quantity of years.
This is our island. It's a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we'll have fun.
Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.
Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, 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. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things.
They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate.
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