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.” FULL POST