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Part 1 Quotes

It was a pleasure to burn.
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"Are you happy?"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the firehouse.
Location: Part 1
 
"I'm antisocial, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn't it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
The woman on the porch reached out with contempt to them all and struck the kitchen match against the railing.
Location: Part 1
 
"Speed up the film, Montag, quick... Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline!... Whirl man's mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"Bigger the population, the more minorities. Don't step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent any actual painters, cartographers, mechanics anywhere. The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that!... Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. They did."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
 
"Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
 
"The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we're the Happiness Boys... you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. We have our fingers in the dike. Hold steady. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch. What do the books say, he wonders. Oh, to scratch that itch, eh?"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
 

Part 2 Quotes

"We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing. I looked around. The only thing I positively knew was gone was the books I'd burned in ten or twelve years. So I thought books might help."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Guy Montag
 
"It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were it books....The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through radios and televisors, but are not."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
 
"We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
 
"Those who don't build must burn. It's as old as history and juvenile delinquents."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
 
He would be Montag-plus-Faber, fire plus water, and then, one day, after everything had mixed and simmered and worked away in silence, there would be neither fire nor water, but wine.
Location: Part 2
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"They are so confident that they will run on forever. But they won't run on. They don't know that this is all one huge big blazing meteor that makes a pretty fire in space, but that someday it'll have to hit."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
 

Part 3 Quotes

"What is it about fire that's so lovely? No matter what age we are, what draws us to it?... It's perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did. Or almost perpetual motion. If you let it go on, it'd burn our lifetimes out."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Captain Beatty
 
"Now, Montag, you're a burden. And fire will lift you off my shoulders, clean, quick, sure; nothing to rot later. Antibiotic, aesthetic, practical."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time... Time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt Time, that meant that everything burnt!
Location: Part 3
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"We're nothing more than dust jackets for books, of no significance otherwise."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Granger
 
"...We're going to build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Granger
 

Guy Montag Quotes

It was a pleasure to burn.
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"Are you happy?"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"I'm antisocial, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn't it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"Speed up the film, Montag, quick... Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline!... Whirl man's mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we're the Happiness Boys... you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. We have our fingers in the dike. Hold steady. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"Bigger the population, the more minorities. Don't step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent any actual painters, cartographers, mechanics anywhere. The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that!... Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. They did."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing. I looked around. The only thing I positively knew was gone was the books I'd burned in ten or twelve years. So I thought books might help."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Guy Montag
 
He would be Montag-plus-Faber, fire plus water, and then, one day, after everything had mixed and simmered and worked away in silence, there would be neither fire nor water, but wine.
Location: Part 2
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"Now, Montag, you're a burden. And fire will lift you off my shoulders, clean, quick, sure; nothing to rot later. Antibiotic, aesthetic, practical."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time... Time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt Time, that meant that everything burnt!
Location: Part 3
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 

Captain Beatty Quotes

"Speed up the film, Montag, quick... Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline!... Whirl man's mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"Bigger the population, the more minorities. Don't step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent any actual painters, cartographers, mechanics anywhere. The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that!... Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. They did."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
 
"Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
 
"At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch. What do the books say, he wonders. Oh, to scratch that itch, eh?"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
 
"The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we're the Happiness Boys... you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. We have our fingers in the dike. Hold steady. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"What is it about fire that's so lovely? No matter what age we are, what draws us to it?... It's perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did. Or almost perpetual motion. If you let it go on, it'd burn our lifetimes out."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Captain Beatty
 
"Now, Montag, you're a burden. And fire will lift you off my shoulders, clean, quick, sure; nothing to rot later. Antibiotic, aesthetic, practical."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 

Faber Quotes

"It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were it books....The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through radios and televisors, but are not."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
 
"We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
 
"Those who don't build must burn. It's as old as history and juvenile delinquents."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
 
"They are so confident that they will run on forever. But they won't run on. They don't know that this is all one huge big blazing meteor that makes a pretty fire in space, but that someday it'll have to hit."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
 

Clarisse McClellan Quotes

It was a pleasure to burn.
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"Are you happy?"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 
"I'm antisocial, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn't it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
 

Granger Quotes

"We're nothing more than dust jackets for books, of no significance otherwise."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Granger
 
"...We're going to build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Granger
 

Quotes for the "Mass Media" Theme

"Speed up the film, Montag, quick... Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline!... Whirl man's mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
"Bigger the population, the more minorities. Don't step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent any actual painters, cartographers, mechanics anywhere. The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that!... Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. They did."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality

"It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were it books....The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through radios and televisors, but are not."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness

Quotes for the "Censorship" Theme

It was a pleasure to burn.
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Action vs. Inaction

"You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction

"I'm antisocial, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn't it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness

"Speed up the film, Montag, quick... Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline!... Whirl man's mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
"Bigger the population, the more minorities. Don't step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent any actual painters, cartographers, mechanics anywhere. The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that!... Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. They did."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Mass Media, Conformity vs. Individuality

"We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality

"Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
•Other themes related to this quote: Action vs. Inaction

"At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch. What do the books say, he wonders. Oh, to scratch that itch, eh?"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
"The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we're the Happiness Boys... you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. We have our fingers in the dike. Hold steady. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
"We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing. I looked around. The only thing I positively knew was gone was the books I'd burned in ten or twelve years. So I thought books might help."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Distraction vs. Happiness

"It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were it books....The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through radios and televisors, but are not."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Mass Media, Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness

"We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness

"They are so confident that they will run on forever. But they won't run on. They don't know that this is all one huge big blazing meteor that makes a pretty fire in space, but that someday it'll have to hit."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness

"What is it about fire that's so lovely? No matter what age we are, what draws us to it?... It's perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did. Or almost perpetual motion. If you let it go on, it'd burn our lifetimes out."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Captain Beatty
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction

The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time... Time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt Time, that meant that everything burnt!
Location: Part 3
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction

Quotes for the "Conformity vs. Individuality" Theme

"Are you happy?"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Distraction vs. Happiness

"You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Action vs. Inaction

The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the firehouse.
Location: Part 1
•Other themes related to this quote: Action vs. Inaction

"I'm antisocial, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn't it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Distraction vs. Happiness

The woman on the porch reached out with contempt to them all and struck the kitchen match against the railing.
Location: Part 1
•Other themes related to this quote: Action vs. Inaction

"Speed up the film, Montag, quick... Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline!... Whirl man's mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Mass Media, Censorship, Distraction vs. Happiness, Action vs. Inaction

"Bigger the population, the more minorities. Don't step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent any actual painters, cartographers, mechanics anywhere. The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that!... Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. They did."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Mass Media, Censorship

"At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch. What do the books say, he wonders. Oh, to scratch that itch, eh?"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Distraction vs. Happiness, Action vs. Inaction

"The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we're the Happiness Boys... you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. We have our fingers in the dike. Hold steady. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Distraction vs. Happiness, Action vs. Inaction

"We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship

"They are so confident that they will run on forever. But they won't run on. They don't know that this is all one huge big blazing meteor that makes a pretty fire in space, but that someday it'll have to hit."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Distraction vs. Happiness

"We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Distraction vs. Happiness

"Those who don't build must burn. It's as old as history and juvenile delinquents."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Distraction vs. Happiness

He would be Montag-plus-Faber, fire plus water, and then, one day, after everything had mixed and simmered and worked away in silence, there would be neither fire nor water, but wine.
Location: Part 2
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Distraction vs. Happiness, Action vs. Inaction

"It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were it books....The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through radios and televisors, but are not."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Mass Media, Censorship, Distraction vs. Happiness

"What is it about fire that's so lovely? No matter what age we are, what draws us to it?... It's perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did. Or almost perpetual motion. If you let it go on, it'd burn our lifetimes out."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Captain Beatty
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Action vs. Inaction

"Now, Montag, you're a burden. And fire will lift you off my shoulders, clean, quick, sure; nothing to rot later. Antibiotic, aesthetic, practical."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Action vs. Inaction

The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time... Time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt Time, that meant that everything burnt!
Location: Part 3
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Action vs. Inaction

"We're nothing more than dust jackets for books, of no significance otherwise."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Granger
•Other themes related to this quote: Distraction vs. Happiness, Action vs. Inaction

"...We're going to build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Granger
•Other themes related to this quote: Distraction vs. Happiness, Action vs. Inaction

Quotes for the "Distraction vs. Happiness" Theme

"Are you happy?"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality

"I'm antisocial, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn't it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality

"Speed up the film, Montag, quick... Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline!... Whirl man's mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Mass Media, Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction

"The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we're the Happiness Boys... you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. We have our fingers in the dike. Hold steady. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction

"At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch. What do the books say, he wonders. Oh, to scratch that itch, eh?"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction

"We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing. I looked around. The only thing I positively knew was gone was the books I'd burned in ten or twelve years. So I thought books might help."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship

"They are so confident that they will run on forever. But they won't run on. They don't know that this is all one huge big blazing meteor that makes a pretty fire in space, but that someday it'll have to hit."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality

"We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality

"Those who don't build must burn. It's as old as history and juvenile delinquents."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality

He would be Montag-plus-Faber, fire plus water, and then, one day, after everything had mixed and simmered and worked away in silence, there would be neither fire nor water, but wine.
Location: Part 2
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction

"It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were it books....The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through radios and televisors, but are not."
Location: Part 2
Speaker: Faber
•Other themes related to this quote: Mass Media, Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality

"We're nothing more than dust jackets for books, of no significance otherwise."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Granger
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction

"...We're going to build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Granger
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Action vs. Inaction

Quotes for the "Action vs. Inaction" Theme

It was a pleasure to burn.
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship

"You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Clarisse McClellan
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality

The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the firehouse.
Location: Part 1
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality

The woman on the porch reached out with contempt to them all and struck the kitchen match against the railing.
Location: Part 1
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality

"Speed up the film, Montag, quick... Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline!... Whirl man's mind around about so fast under the pumping hands of publishers, exploiters, broadcasters that the centrifuge flings off all unnecessary, time-wasting thought!"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
"Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship

"The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we're the Happiness Boys... you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. We have our fingers in the dike. Hold steady. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world."
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness

"At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch. What do the books say, he wonders. Oh, to scratch that itch, eh?"
Location: Part 1
Speaker: Captain Beatty
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness

He would be Montag-plus-Faber, fire plus water, and then, one day, after everything had mixed and simmered and worked away in silence, there would be neither fire nor water, but wine.
Location: Part 2
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness

The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time... Time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt Time, that meant that everything burnt!
Location: Part 3
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality

"Now, Montag, you're a burden. And fire will lift you off my shoulders, clean, quick, sure; nothing to rot later. Antibiotic, aesthetic, practical."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Captain Beatty
Mentioned or related: Guy Montag
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality

"What is it about fire that's so lovely? No matter what age we are, what draws us to it?... It's perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did. Or almost perpetual motion. If you let it go on, it'd burn our lifetimes out."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Captain Beatty
•Other themes related to this quote: Censorship, Conformity vs. Individuality

"We're nothing more than dust jackets for books, of no significance otherwise."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Granger
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness

"...We're going to build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them."
Location: Part 3
Speaker: Granger
•Other themes related to this quote: Conformity vs. Individuality, Distraction vs. Happiness