by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 Wisdom and Knowledge Quotes
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"Off-hours, yes. But time to think? If you're not driving a hundred miles an hour, at a clip where you can't think of anything else but the danger, then you're playing some game or sitting in some room where you can't argue with the fourwall televisor. Why? The televisor is ‘real.’ It is immediate, it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in. It must be, right. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions your mind hasn't time to protest, ‘What nonsense!'" (2.131-4)
Check out what happens when Montag hits the river and has real pause to think, for the first time in the novel…
"I don't want to change sides and just be told what to do. There's no reason to change if I do that."
"You're wise already!" (2.237-239)
Fahrenheit 451 reminds us that it’s the process of independent thought that matters, more than the knowledge itself.
Would he have time for a speech? As the Hound seized him, in view of ten or twenty or thirty million people, mightn't he sum up his entire life in the last week in one single phrase or a word that would stay with them long after the Hound had turned, clenching him in its metal-plier jaws, and trotted off in darkness, while the camera remained stationary, watching the creature dwindle in the distance—a splendid fade-out! What could he say in a single word, a few words, that would sear all their faces and wake them up? (3.177)
This is why Montag likes books: their ability to put words to otherwise incommunicable emotions.