Ray Bradbury, science fiction author of classics like "Fahrenheit 451," "The Martian Chronicles" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes" died Tuesday night at the age of 91. His books and short stories sparked a devoted fan following over the years.
"Fahrenheit 451," published in 1953, was Bradbury's novel on censorship, and the defiance needed to defeat it. Readers discovered the object of censorship through his protagonist, Guy Montag, who was a fireman with a simple job: Burning books.
Montag never questioned why books or the houses where they were found should be burned, until he met a 17-year-old girl and a professor, who told of a past where people were not afraid and a future where people could think, according to Bradbury's web site.
The story is a favorite of fans, and the quotes remain relevant today.
On Bradbury's site, there was a message board post that asked fans about their favorite quotes from the book, and why.
The post began with a quote from Capt. Beatty, Montag's boss, a man who once loved books, only to turn his back on them.
“Out of the nursery into the college and back to the nursery; there’s your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries of more.”
"It's my favorite quote because it is a perfect example of how life in Fahrenheit 451 is" user sexybeasttrio3 wrote.
Others that tied closely to the book's themes followed suit. These quotes were mentioned multiple times.
"The sun burnt everyday. It burnt Time. The world rushed in a circle and turned on its axis and 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." - Montag
Another quote from Montag: "When you've nothing to lose, you run any risk you want."
"Books were only one type of receptacle where we started a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical about them at all. The magic is only with what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment." - Professor Faber
On his blog, fan Joshua Longbrake shared one of his favorite quotes from the book: “You’re afraid of making mistakes. Don’t be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was young I shoved my ignorance in people’s faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”
"Ray Bradbury gets it," he wrote in response.
The blog Sorry Television also posted a list of favorite quotes from the book, her favorite of all time, to commemorate Bradbury's passing, including the quote that Longbrake shared.
CNN.com commenter Schrodingerbill shared a quote in the comments for Bradbury's obituary.
"'The world was bankrupted of ten million fine actions the night he passed on.'
~ from Fahrenheit 451
Rest well, Mr. Bradbury."
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