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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?

Cover for First-Line Fridays on Peachy Books showing a cue card with the typed quote: He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad. from Raphael Sabatini in Scaramouche
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First-Line Fridays | Ray Bradbury

It was a pleasure to burn.

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury postulated that the pages of books ignite and burn at 451 degrees Fahrenheit and accordingly decided to name his wildly popular and shockingly insightful futuristic tale after this assertion.

Fahrenheit 451 offers a dystopian world where books are banned and destroyed whenever discovered; literal Hell for all of us bibliophiles. 😳 ‘Firemen’ with hoses spewing kerosene are responsible for finding and incinerating any trace of the evil objects that cause one to think and become unhappy.

This 1953 sci-fi tale that started as cautionary has morphed to prophetic in modern times, and I suspect this has something to do with it, ironically, being banned by some school boards, although I am sure you would not catch them admitting it.  

As dark as the messaging is, with satire as the medium, the tone is light and easy to ingest by a wider audience. Themes dealing with censorship, governmental control, (what was then advanced) technology, and an apathetic citizenry will have you double-checking its release date, as Bradbury appears to be detailing the farce that is our current day.

Join me next week for a MEme Quotes Collection in honour of what many consider Ray Bradbury’s finest work.

Take a look at this short Ted Ed animated video to learn more about Fahrenheit 451.

This is a bookmark that I made for The Library Book, but I think it also works here.

Crochet bookmark of red books with flames on the front, inspired by the The Library Book by Susan Orlean, and made by Peachy Books.

What are some banned books that you think are important to keep in our libraries?

Are there any books that you believe should be banned?