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Fahrenheit 451 In Quotes

The dangers of censorship, technology, mass media, willful ignorance, and a loss of individual identity are some of the dominant themes of Ray Bradbury‘s dystopian classic: Fahrenheit 451

From the first line, we get a sense of the collective mindset shared by the enforcers of the story’s brutal premise: to find and burn all books into ashes and out of existence. I enjoyed watching our protagonist Montag find his way through the darkness of the ashes and into enlightenment. 

Although this pointed quote is not found in Fahrenheit 451, it needed to be included, in my view.

If we ignore our shadows and erase the stories, we lose any possibility of learning to do better. But for some, I do believe that is the whole point.

These days we have to hold on tight to make it off the ride in one piece.  

There are many parallels to be drawn with our modern-day in this classic work of SciFi satire. Given our current climate, it is uncanny how well Bradbury anticipated the future.

It’s as if he may have secretly lived his passion and experienced

time travel, a thought I have had with a few of the classic writers of our time. Too bad we will never know. 😉

What is your favourite read about time travel?

Preach! I need to take heed of this quote. You truly can not make people listen, and it is ultimately up to them to decide to do so or not, regardless of how grave the circumstances are.

Ray Bradbury will keep you chuckling while you scratch your head, so give this classic by a well-loved author a chance next time you are up for something weird and wonderful.

Here is a spectacular clip of Ray Bradbury explaining how he became a writer and why Hitler was a catalyst for the creation of his best-selling book.

Do you have a selection from the Bradbury collection that you suggest?

Are there any dystopian novels that you find to be particularly resonant currently?

10 thoughts on “Fahrenheit 451 In Quotes”

  1. I just saw post apocalyptic fiction discussed on another blog and mentioned that I read my first (Alas, Babylon) in junior high. It’s been years since I read Fahrenheit 451. I used to devour Ray Bradbury books. He remains one of my favorite authors. My very favorite is Something Wicked This Way Comes. I think I still have my original paperback copy from high school somewhere.

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    1. Mae, I’d never heard of that one and just added it! I remember you had mentioned that he was one of your favourite authors, and I had added Something Wicked This Way Comes when you mentioned it before. I really need to prioritise that one. Thanks for sharing. 🥰

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. We really need to wake up. There is a huge disconnect between people due to technology. I have no idea how he predicted the current world so many years ago, but he did. It’s eerie.

    I’ve always wanted to read The Halloween Tree as well.

    Have a good week! ❤️

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    1. I hadn’t heard of that one before, thanks for sharing!

      Yes, I do feel a lot of people are ignoring what is happening because it is too difficult to face, but I don’t accept that. People are capable of so much more than they give themselves credit for, and I will continue to remind them in every way I can.

      Your supportive posts mean a lot, Mischenko, I appreciate it.

      Hope your weeks looks good too. 💜

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  3. All this wokery is reminding a lot of us not of Bradbury but Vonnegut– “Harrison Bergeron” seems rather prescient these days. But then again, immersive virtual reality was a feature in what I found to be one of Bradbury’s more disturbing shorts, “The Veldt.” Metaverse, wokery, virtual worlds and lives, avatars– was the future really that easy to predict? Apparently!

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    1. Ha! I had never heard of Harrison Bergeron and just looked it up, wow! I am definitely adding this one will push it up the list. Thanks for sharing!


      1. I recall my first reading, feeling the intense revolt at the grotesquery of what they’d made Harrison into, and then the amazing feeling of flight as he and the dancer revealed they were actually the antithesis of disgusting– beautiful. An important classic, for sure, and I’m so glad to have turned you onto it!

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