Fahrenheit 451

A former English professor who describes himself as a coward because he did not act to try to change the direction in which society was headed. He uses a two-way radio to direct Montag through situations in which he is too frightened to place himself. He provides a counterpoint to Beatty's arguments against literature and thought. Faber is named after a famous publisher (Faber & Faber) and a brand of pencils.

Faber Quotes in Fahrenheit 451

The Fahrenheit 451 quotes below are all either spoken by Faber or refer to Faber. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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"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."
Related Characters: Faber (speaker)
Page Number: 78
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"We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam."
Related Characters: Faber (speaker)
Page Number: 79
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"Those who don't build must burn. It's as old as history and juvenile delinquents."
Related Characters: Faber (speaker)
Related Symbols: Fire
Page Number: 85
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"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."
Related Characters: Faber (speaker)
Related Symbols: Fire
Page Number: 99
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Faber Character Timeline in Fahrenheit 451

The timeline below shows where the character Faber appears in Fahrenheit 451. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...remembers a retired English professor he met in the park a year ago. The man, Faber, was fearful of Montag at first, but after Montag assured Faber that he was safe... (full context)
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Faber is frightened when Montag shows up at his house, but is reassured when Montag shows... (full context)
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...the only things he knows for sure are missing. So, maybe books are the answer. Faber responds that it's not the books that are missing, it's what's in the books—and could... (full context)
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Faber says three things are missing from people's lives. The first is quality information that has... (full context)
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Faber's third requirement is the freedom for people to act based on what they learn when... (full context)
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Montag wants to do something, but Faber is reluctant to act. Faber does hypothetically suggest a scheme of printing books and planting... (full context)
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Unwilling not to act, Montag rips a page out of the Bible, then another, until Faber's agrees to help. Faber promises to get in touch with an old friend of his... (full context)
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As Montag takes the subway home, Faber reads to him from the Bible while pleasant announcements that the country has mobilized for... (full context)
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At home, Mildred's friends Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles arrive to watch the White Clown. Faber, through Montag' earpiece, tells him not to do anything and to be patient, but Montag... (full context)
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Moments later, Montag returns with a book of poetry. Although Faber, through the radio earpiece, begs him not to, Montag reads a poem—"Dover Beach," by Matthew... (full context)
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...upset the women, and wonders if they are right to care only about immediate pleasures. Faber, talking to Montag through the reinstated earpiece, tells him that fun is fine if there... (full context)
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...destroy his own house with a flamethrower or get hunted down by the Mechanical Hound. Faber (speaking through the earpiece) begs Montag to run away, but Montag has no choice and... (full context)
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Montag goes to Faber's house and tells him what happened. Faber feels invigorated for the first time in ages.... (full context)
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Montag advises Faber on how to eliminate Montag's scent from the house by burning things, wiping others with... (full context)
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...the men down. As he huddles against the ground, Montag thinks of Clarisse, already dead, Faber, on a bus to another annihilated city, and Mildred, whom he imagines in horrifying detail... (full context)